Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs celebrates Sakura Festival

Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs celebrates Sakura Festival

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Morimoto Asia Sakura Festival

Enjoy a month-long celebration of the arrival of spring and the cherry blossoms at Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs.The restaurant will be decorated with Instagram-worthy décor, showcasing the pink blooms of the Sakura. Similar to the festivals in Japan, guests can attend a series of ticketed events, and menu specials dedicated to the cherry blossoms.

Events include: 

  • Happy Hour with the brewmasters from Crooked Can Brewing Co.
  • Late night whiskey pairing  and bites with Suntory
  • Seas of Japan 101
  • Morimoto Asia’s Guest Chef Series with Chef Hitoshi Sugiura
  • Ramen Seminar and Tasting
  • Matsuri Festival

Every day of the festival, enjoy special menu items inspired by the Japanese cherry blossoms during lunch and dinner service: COCKTAIL | BEER | APPETIZER | DESSERT

A variety of special events will take place during the festival:

Crooked Can Happy Hour, Sakura Festival
Crooked Can Happy Hour

Thursday, March 15 | 5-7PM

Tickets: $25

Kick off the festival with Crooked Can Brewing Company’s brew masters to taste the Sakura Kolsch, available only at Morimoto Asia paired with Pan-Asian bites.

MENU  
Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Yogurt marinated chicken, grilled over binchotan, with spicy peanut sauce
 
 Shrimp and Mint Summer Rolls
Rice wrapper filled with local vegetables, Cape Canaveral Shrimp, served with hoisin sauce
 
Sakura Ebi and Ginger Onigiri
Sakura shrimp, and pickled ginger mixed with our Koshihikari polished rice shaped into a ball with a nori wrapper
 
Sakura Mochi
Soft rice pancakes filled with sweet red azuki bean paste
 
Pulled Soy-Ginger braised Pork Sliders,
Sakura Slaw
Braised pork ribs, Japanese BBQ sauce 
Suntory Japanese Whiskey Pairing, Disney Springs
Late Night Suntory Pairing

Friday, March 23 | 9-11PM

Tickets: $32

Japanese Whiskey-based cocktails presented by Suntory paired with lite bites at Morimoto Asia’s Forbidden Lounge. Accompanied by DJ Jimmy Joslin.

MENU  
Japanese Madai Snapper Carpaccio, Chinese Style
Crispy Skin Berkshire Pork Belly
House Smoked Sakura Sea Trout, Szechaun Pepper Sauce
Hong Kong Style Curry Fried Rice
Almond Milk Tofu Jelly, Peach, Osmanthus Flower Sauce
Taste From The Seas of Japan Educational Series
Taste From the Seas of Japan

Friday, March 30 | 4-6PM

Tickets: $45

Every week, Morimoto Asia’s sushi chefs spend time educating the restaurant’s staff about the varieties, quality and the traditional process of breaking down the fresh fish delivered from Japan that is served. Now guests have the opportunity to attend this educational seminar learning and tasting about the seas of Japan while enjoying a sake sampling.

Morimoto Asia Guest Chef Series, Sakura Festival
Morimoto Asia’s Guest Chef Series

Tuesday, April 3 | 7-9PM

Tickets: $120

Executive Chef Yuhi Fujinaga and Chef de Cuisine Hung Huynh welcome Chef Hitoshi Sugiura to kick off Morimoto Asia’s Guest Chef Series. The chefs will prepare a collaborative six-course Pan-Asian dinner, paired with wines from across the globe. Chef Hitoshi has a history of creating unique menus for restaurants and events while having received acclaimed notoriety including the “Top 8 Chef” at Italy’s 2017 Vegetarian Chance competition. Chef Hitoshi currently leads the team and menu creation as Executive Chef of Patinstella Restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.

Ramen Seminar & Tasting Disney Springs
Ramen Seminar and Tasting

Saturday, April 7 | 12-3PM

Tickets: $36

Spend the afternoon learning about the various types of Asian noodles and how they are made. Following the seminar, guests will visit multiple ramen stations to taste different types of ramen dishes.

Matsuri Family Fun Day at Sakura Festival
Matsuri Festival

Sunday, April 15 | 12-4PM

Tickets: $45

The festival ends with a family fun day inspired by the traditional Matsuri festival of Japan. Guests can enjoy multiple Pan-Asian street food stations, 4 beer and cocktail stations throughout the interior and exterior of the restaurant. Gaming stations will include traditional Japanese carnival games, shuffleboard, origami artist, calligraphy artist, giveaways and a station in partnership with our Disney Springs neighbors, Uniqlo.

Ricky Ly founded TastyChomps.com in 2008 as a local Orlando food blog dedicated to finding the tastiest bits and pieces of Orlando as well as around the world. His first book, Food Lovers' Guide to Orlando: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series) is available now on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Photography is taken using a Canon EOS 6D and a Sony Nex-3. In 2017, he was inducted into the Orlando Sentinel's Culinary Hall of Fame. He is also featured in the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida 100, a weekly opinion column featuring 100 of the most influential people in local government, politics and culture. In 2018, he was chosen by the Orlando Weekly as one of the "Ten People Making Orlando a Better Place to Be." E-mail him at tastychomps(at)gmail.com. Google

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