Nov 12, 2021 - Food and Drink
Morimoto to commemorate 20 years as Center City staple
 Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto inside his restaurant, Morimoto, in Center City.
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto inside his restaurant, Morimoto, in Center City. Photo courtesy of Masaharu Morimoto

Morimoto restaurant is celebrating 20 years in Center City.

What's happening: Award-winning chef Masaharu Morimoto will be at his Japanese restaurant on Saturday for a special demonstration to commemorate two decades in business on Chestnut Street.

State of play: Morimoto restaurant, which arrived long before countless sushi spots opened in the city, remains a staple of Philly's food scene and has won several awards over the years.

  • Restaurateur Stephen Starr, who has opened dozens of restaurants in the city including the new LMNO in Fishtown, partnered to open Morimoto back in 2001.

What he's saying: The Iron Chef told Axios that one of the top challenges of maintaining a restaurant in the city for so long is ensuring "consistent customer satisfaction to keep our guests happy and coming back for more!"

  • Morimoto didn't give any direct insight into his future plans, but he hinted that he was lucky to have opportunities to open more restaurants and brands.
  • "We'll see!" he added.

What's next: On Saturday, the restaurant is offering an exclusive, one-night-only omakase menu — or a menu left in the "chef’s hands," Morimoto said.

  • The dinner, which is available only from 5-8:30pm, costs $200 a person, with an optional beverage pairing for an additional $85 a person.
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