by Kent L. on
Friday, June 26, 2009 - 8:30pm reservations, dinner for two. Two very important points to mention right off the bat: - The more expensive the restaurant, the more weight I place on service. You will notice that although I enjoyed the food at Jose Garces' Mercat a la Planxa (Chicago), the mediocre service brought my rating down to 3/5 stars. - I am not a huge fan of seafood. My girlfriend is a big fan of the New York City location of "Iron Chef" Morimoto's Morimoto restaurant, so had been wanting to try his original flagship restaurant located in Philadelphia. This past summer, I had obliged her. Prior to our visit, I had heard great things about the Omakase (Chef's Selection), so naturally, we ordered the first and second level Omakase (a nine-course meal). Each course is loaded with flavor and plated nicely. These small dishes are far more filling than they appear. After the first two or three courses, we found ourselves very full and essentially force-fed ourselves the rest of the meal. Upon entering, my girlfriend immediately noticed the spacing was tighter than in the NYC location. The restaurant looked better in online pictures than in person, and there is a large, obnoxious, and unmovable candle-shaped light implanted in the middle of each table. The tables themselves are small, which made the large light especially annoying. Some of the courses I can remember: - Toro tartare with scallions and osetra caviar - Kumamoto oysters - Yellowtail carpaccio - Sashimi salad - Kobe beef dish - Raspberry soda intermezzo - Lobster epice with tarragon aioli and broccoli - Chilean sea bass - Green tea tiramisu with macaron Though the food was plenty flavorful, I did not enjoy it all that much. The Morimoto brand beer was equivalent to Honeyweiss at 6x the cost, the raspberry soda intermezzo tasted as if it could be found at Wal-Mart under the Sam's Choice label, and I found our server to be annoying and somewhat obnoxious in personality. The total bill on a Morimoto dinner for two came out to over $300. Not worth over $100 in my opinion.
by Jo Bellantoni on
Charging a $3 cover just because there is a dj is a little ridiculous esp. in the Tendernob, but the music was pretty good -pop (i.e. Sexy back), 80's, hip hop, and a little rap. Come there with your own crowd because the people in there aren't too classy. People truly come here to get completely wasted.