Friday, June 24, 2011

A Food Network Fan's Travel to NYC - Morimoto

We just got back from an amazing vacation in New York filled with lots of delicious food! Of course I documented every little bite ;) As you'll see, most of the restaurants we went to were from Food Network chefs. We wanted to see just how good they actually are. And let me tell you, they are very good...

Morimoto - our absolute favorite restaurant!
Chef Morimoto (Iron Chef)

As you approach Morimoto's restaurant, you'll enter through a uniquely designed entrance of red drapery. Through these curtains lie a beautiful, trendy restaurant design. Even the bathroom was decorated in a unique way - with a mirrored wall with flowers, reflecting in a way as if you're looking through a row of mirrors. The food was even just as beautiful. We first started out with sushi. Both Eel and Tuna Rolls were very good. Seriously the best sushi I've ever had. Morimoto's known for sushi and I can see why. I kept asking myself why it was so good. Was it the quality of the fish? Was it because it was perfectly rolled? That will be Morimoto's secret I suppose. Then we had our main course. Matt had the Halibut. The hot oil it was cooked in was nice, making the fish moist. The black bean sauce was good with it too. Then there is the Trout I had. Amazing! The best dish of the whole trip. And the best trout in my life! It was perfectly cooked - with a moist flesh and crispy skin. And it was placed on a bed of these heavenly whipped potatoes and a truffle sauce. Everything about that dish was amazing and was perfect all together. For dessert, Matt had the Flourless Chocolate Cake. It was good as was everything there. The popcorn was especially yummy. My Chocolate pot de creme was huge, and very yummy. The white froth wasn't whipped cream but a froth, made of guava? I can't remember. We enjoyed the meals with the Sake ginjo which was infused with caramelized pear. It was smooth not too hard to drink. Amazingly delicious restaurant. A must go-to for everyone!

front: Eel Avocado Roll (bbq eel, avocado, shiso)
back: Tuna Roll

front: Roasted Ocean Trout (turnip, miso, truffle, crispy prosciutto)
back: Line Caught Halibut (black bean sauce, shaved ginger, hot oil)

 The best trout and best dish ever!!! 

front: Chocolate pot de creme 
back: Flourless Chocolate Cake - with caramel popcorn, rhubarb ice cream

The most beautifully decorated bathroom stall.

Since we went to so many restaurants, I'll blog about each one individually. Check back for the rest of the restaurants from our trip! 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Smoked Salmon Bagel

My new favorite breakfast: a whole wheat bagel topped with whipped cream cheese and slices of tomato and smoked salmon. If you've never tried it, you should.