by Stanley Timchak on
I was in Philly for business and had heard that Morimoto's was really good. I wanted to see if this place lived up to its hype. My first impression of the interior of the place was that it was different - not in a bad way. I was expecting something more Asian themed. The interior I can best describe as contemporary and very cool. Not a typical restaurant especially with some of the blue lighting. I was greeted and waited on promptly. The waiter went through the specials and Omakase. I decided to try the $120 Omakase. I can't remember all the plates but the 3 that stood out for me was the kobe beef, lobster, and oysters. I don't normally eat raw oysters but these were prepared in a way that was fresh and mild. Very good without the slimy taste of typical oysters. The lobster was well seasoned and cooked to perfection. The kobe beef was so tender and tasty. Again, cooked perfectly. What impressed me the most was the taste, presentation, and service at Morimoto's. The plates came out perfectly timed and the food was excellent - I enjoyed every single one. The $120 was well spent and Morimoto's is a place I would go back to again. It's too bad that they don't have one Houston.
by Jake Rafalko on
I checked out this place as a local alternative to my usual brunch spots, Sabrina's and Honey's, and I rank Cafe Lift up the with the best of them on their good days. Over the past 8 months it's become much more popular, so the days of walking in at noon on a Saturday and being seated immediately are over. My favorite brunch items are the fried egg panino (served with a spicy sauce that's fabulous), the breakfast potatoes (although they are often not warm), and the fresh crab eggs benedict with truffled hollandaise. Portions are large and I always have extra to take home with me. I find that I wait longer for the food here than at other brunch spots, which can be annoying if you're really hungry. The service is hit or miss and you often have to ask for water or coffee refills. Back in the day they used to give a free tasting of coffee cake when you first arrived, but they don't do that any more. I'd recommend that you try it and make a decision for yourself.