On a recent business trip to Philadelphia in early January I dined with business colleagues at Morimoto's in downtown Philadelphia. I have had dinner a Morimoto locations across the United States so I am very familiar with the brand and the quality.
All of us at the table ordered the highly recommended Kobe beef dish prepared at the table in very hot cooking pots.
The table side preparation was hurried and not impressive. The end result was a major disappointment. The " Kobe " beef was thickly cut, stringy and not tender. It reminded us of the lower quality cuts of beef served in some chain restaurants. It had the texture and taste of beef used in stews and pot roast. Beef that requires a lot of simmering to make it tender. I have enjoyed Kobe beef here in the USA and in Japan. There was no comparison. This was in my opinion not Kobe beef.
The restaurant was functioning at about twenty percent during what should have been a peak dining period.
We would not recommend or dine at Morimoto's in the future. This iconic brand really disappointed.
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