A few nights ago I enjoyed a special night of drinks, small bites, and shuffle board up in the Forbidden Lounge of Morimoto Asia located in Disney Springs. As an invited guest we sampled a few of the new street food items new executive Chef Yuhi Fuinaga brought to the walk-up counter that is open during busy times like spring break. We also previewed the spring cocktail selections. It was an amazing night of fun.
If you’re looking for your own night of fun, Morimoto Asia has just debuted the new spring cocktails – Tokushima Negroni, Gingered Apple Cocktail and Sparkling Spring. The Pan Asian restaurant is also featuring Sakura beer, a cherry blossom kolsch brewed at Winter Garden-based Crooked Can Brewery – only available for a limited time at Morimoto Asia.
I first tried the Tokushima Negroni, served in the martini glass, which features Japanese citrus sochu, antica formula vermouth, and orange peel. The citrus flavor really made this negroni shine. I would recommend it to fans of negroni and manhattan style drinks. The Sparkling Spring was my second drink. It’s made with sparkling wine, hibiscus simple syrup, yuzu lemon juice, and domaine de canton. This was refreshing, almost like a slushy, and not too powerful. This drink would be a perfect way to end a hot spring day.
After trying the cocktails, I also enjoyed a few Morimoto Sakura Beers while sampling the food from the Street Food menu. Morimoto Asia has developed a close relationship to the Crooked Can brewery and the result is this limited edition brew made just for Morimoto Asia. The sakura (which is imported cherry blossoms) is used to dry hop their award winning Kolsch to create this tasty beer. It doesn’t taste like cherry, as you might suspect from the name, but rather has a refreshing, slightly fruity taste that isn’t at all biter. This is the sort of beer you can drink all night.
The street food samples were also amazing btw. Here’s a quick video I shot with Chef Yuhi talking about his journey as a Chef and some of the food creations he’s already brought to Morimoto Asia.
Have you tried Morimoto Asia yet? It’s quickly becoming one of our favorite locations in the new Disney Springs.