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Morimoto in Napa

Thanks arlenemae!

OK, we'll do a few more reviews! :)

-The Innkeepers
Napa Old World Inn

Sep 08, 2010
Napa Old World Inn in San Francisco Bay Area

Morimoto in Napa

Dan-

We were there last night, just for sushi. Have to agree. Temp for us is perfect-- having the fish coming up to room temp (still a tiny bit cool) and the rice not too hot makes for the best flavor on so many sashimi/sushi choices. Tried the chef's choice (asked for more tuna than salmon, which they were happy to do), and also did the soft shell crab roll. We'll post pics to our blog in a couple of days. Sitting at the bar was fun-- and the sushi chefs were very cordial (and were speaking Japanese to each other throughout, very happy). Made for a great vibe. So glad to have this in the town of Napa! :)

Aug 24, 2010
Napa Old World Inn in San Francisco Bay Area

Morimoto Napa

We didn't eat outside, so can't comment on that.

But we're surprised at some of the negative comments, esp those on the correct temp to serve sushi. We've heard from many experts that room temperature (around 70 degrees) is considered optimal for bringing out the flavors and texture. Obviously, it's not stored at this temp-- but once prepared, is allowed to come to room temp for the best flavor (typ takes about 10 minutes).

We thought the omakase menu was stellar-- in fact, compared to other local restaurants (La Toque, REDD, French Laundry), with the wine/sake pairing, at $155, it was a bargain-- esp for the level of quality and the amazing knowledge that the servers had of the different menu items. We asked a *lot* of questions about the food (part of the fun for us!), and were very impressed by the answers. Not only did the servers know provenance/purveyors, but they also were well versed in describing the ingredients used, and how the dish was made. Given such an extensive menu, this was extremely impressive-- esp for the first week of operation.

We posted a bunch of photos and our impressions here:

http://blog.oldworldinn.com/2010/07/m...

We're new to posting on chowhound (as evidenced by our double post, deleted above). So if we're not supposed to give links or additional info, please let us know. We want to be good chowhounders. :

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-The Innkeepers
Napa Old World Inn

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The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Jul 24, 2010
Napa Old World Inn in San Francisco Bay Area

Morimoto in Napa

We went to Morimoto this week, and loved it.

Contrary to the somewhat negative review posted here, we were blown away by the food, both in flavor/texture, and presentation.

And our servers-- there were 3 who alternated/shared-- all had encyclopedic knowledge of the menu and component parts of each dish. In that regard, the experience compared favorably w/our visits to the French Laundry. This knowledge was even more impressive when you consider just how many different items are on morimoto's menu.

Last but not least, we've eaten at some pretty amazing sushi bars, both in the states and over in Japan. Allowing sashimi and sushi to "warm up" to just below room temperature before serving is the mark of many fine restaurants. It brings out the delicate flavors of the fish.

Our review:

http://blog.oldworldinn.com/2010/07/m...

Thanks to all you chowhounds for continued great advice--- we lurk here often! :

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-The Innkeepers
Napa Old World Inn

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The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Morimoto
610 Main Street, Napa, CA

Jul 24, 2010
Napa Old World Inn in San Francisco Bay Area