Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)

Chef Morimoto about to break the sake keg.
Chef Morimoto about to break the sake keg.
Photo by Laine Doss

One of the world's most famous chefs, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is opening a restaurant at the renovated Shelborne Wyndham South Beach next week. The Japanese master has been preparing for service in the Magic City by giving fellow chefs and industry peers a taste of his menu.

Short Order was invited to sample the celebrity chef's menu. But don't worry, come October 1, you'll be able to bite into it too.

See also: Morimoto South Beach to Open October 1

Morimoto South Beach's gorgeous setting is set up to be the next big tourist destination. It includes a beverage bar that seamlessly connects the indoor and outdoor spaces that seat close to 200 people. A sushi bar running through the whole restaurant acts as the stage for the dish Morimoto is best known for.

Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)
Photo by Laine Doss

Bronze and amber light up the room. Glamour is the unifying theme.

Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)
Photo by Carla Torres

Shishito peppers are a great way to kick off any Japanese meal ($12).

Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)
Photo by Carla Torres

The cleverly named Beet It cocktail ($14) blends Belvedere beet-infused vodka and ginger syrup. Be careful with these suckers. They are addictive and deceiving. You'll think you're fine, and then all of a sudden your world will start spinning.

 

Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)
Photo by Carla Torres

Toro tartare ($28) lets you play chef. Pick and choose how much nori paste, wasabi, and sour cream you want to smear on your piece of tuna belly.

Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)
Photo by Carla Torres

Any dish with the name Morimoto as part of the title is begging to be ordered. The Morimoto ceviche packs lobster, conch, and white fish ($24). A yuzu gelatin is the best component of the dish and worth slurping down when it melts.

Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)
Photo by Carla Torres

Our server suggested the bagna cuda ($14). Seasonal fish and local vegetables are plated alongside a garlic anchovy dip for your dipping pleasure. It wasn't our favorite dish of the night.

Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)
Photo by Carla Torres

But the wagyu beef tenderloin carpaccio ($23) with yuzu soy, ginger, and sweet garlic was.

 

Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)
Photo by Carla Torres

So was the maguro kama ($15), or tuna collarbone. It's served with anticucho sauce. The dish may be made from your less-than-ordinary animal parts (collarbone and grilled beef heart), but it's worth venturing out of your comfort zone for.

Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)
Photo by Carla Torres

Whitefish carpaccio includes only hot oil and mitsuba ($18). I would have loved some more zest and acidity.

Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)
Photo by Carla Torres

A special section of the menu is dedicated to soup and noodles. It includes a clear gazpacho, uni carbonara, and duck meatball soup. We opted for the Morimoto South Beach chilled noodles ($16) instead. Served cold, the dish included hot Inaniwa noodles, savory pork sauce, and garlic chili oil for some heat. You might not want to share this.

Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)
Photo by Carla Torres

A traditional Japanese dish, pork gyoza ($15) is done a bit differently with tomato sauce and bacon foam.

 

Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)
Photo by Carla Torres

Ten-hour pork belly, rice congee, and soy-scallion jus ($16).

Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)
Photo by Carla Torres

Treat yourself to a chef's combination sushi or sashimi platter. Morimoto serves up all the fish imaginable, bringing them from Tsukiji fish market in Japan to your table daily.

Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)
Photo by Carla Torres

The sushi master is rolling plenty of rolls, from barbecue eel and avocado ($10) to shisomaki ($5) with shiso and plum paste.

Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)
Photo by Laine Doss

Don't be alarmed if throughout your meal, you hear a ruckus. It's just Morimoto's tradition of breaking the sake keg and pouring some booze for his guests.

 

Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)
Photo by Carla Torres

Braised black cod ($34) in a ginger-soy reduction melts in your mouth.

Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)
Photo by Laine Doss

Eight-ounce wagyu filet ($80). All steaks are served with traditional sweet onion and garlic jus.

Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)
Photo by Carla Torres

Chilled souffle cheesecake with strawberry wine sorbet ($12).

Morimoto South Beach: Raw Fish Galore and Dangerous Cocktails (Photos)
Photo by Carla Torres

Fiery and salty caramel chocolate tart ($20) is fiery indeed. It's got 70 percent dark chocolate sorbet and lit on fire with some Bacardi rum to reveal its marshmallow core.

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