Best Japanese— upscale (2008)
The latest project of the original Iron Chef Japan, Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, Morimoto is an import, not from Tokyo but from Philadelphia. In a billowy white circus tent of a space, offering spectacular sight lines from nearly every table, brilliant variants on traditional Japanese cuisine are turned out. The fare ranges from an enhanced sushi list that contains multiple mackerels, to a surf and turf of buttery lobster tail and kobe beef rib, to an especially recommended tasting platter of appetizers called zen sai. Food Network fans will often find the chef roaming the premises, and he loves to sign souvenir menus.