Disney Springs is filled with some of the best dining options on the Walt Disney World property. Often overlooked are the quick service options that it hosts. Charles Boda and I decided to stop by Morimoto Street Food, which we wanted to review as part of the Disney Dining Show.
Morimoto Street Food serves Pan-Asian cuisine including bao buns, sushi, and ramen. All the dishes are inspired by the street food found in Asia. This location is often recommended as a good preview of its parent restaurant, Morimoto Asia.
*What follows is my breakdown of our lunch at Morimoto Street Food. If you prefer your reviews in video form, skip to the end of this article for a quick service edition of the Disney Dining Show, the second half of which covers our time at Morimoto Street Food. For more restaurant reviews and discussion topics related to Disney Resort eating, check out the show on disunplugged.com.
Morimoto Street Food is built into the side of its parent restaurant, Morimoto Asia. The entire quick service location is positioned on a covered outdoor patio. This small outdoor eatery features a handful of tables and the walk-up window, which you order from. The ordering window is reminiscent of a food truck, which is appropriate considering this location was inspired by street food vendors in Asia.
The location has a modern industrial feel. Brick, steel beams, and metal pipes make up most of the design. The seating area is just glorified picnic tables, so this isn’t somewhere you’d want to spend an extensive amount of time at, but that might be by design. Anything more comfortable might attract guests to lounge in the shade, which would unnecessarily take up the small amount of seating there is.
Both Charles and I opted for the two Ramen selections. He picked the spicy kimchi ramen, which is $14.00 and made up of bulgogi beef, scallions, kimchi, a quarter of a soy-marinated egg, beef and chicken broth. I went with the ginger chicken ramen, which is $12.00 and includes sake steamed ginger chicken, a quarter of a soy-marinated egg, scallions, cilantro, and sesame.
The ramen bowls are much larger than you might expect. I’d suggest if you aren’t that hungry that this could even be a shareable item among two adults.
As soon as we sat down Charles and I both immediately started looking for salt. Both of our dishes needed a little more flavor. Surprisingly there was no salt to be found. When we asked for salt they told us that the best they could do was soy sauce packets. The soy sauce did help slightly, but we both found it odd that salt wasn’t available even if you asked for.
While the flavor in my ginger chicken ramen was good, I just wished it was stronger. If the broth has packed a little more of a punch this would be outstanding. The chicken was very tender and plentiful. Went I first saw the price it caught me off guard, but then when I saw how much they packed into the bowl, I changed my tune.
Charles seemed to enjoy his spicy kimchi ramen. The one gripe he made was the size of the soy marinated egg. When we were ordering, the soy marinated egg seemed to play a major factor into what Charles picked. So, when our orders were ready, and we both realize it was only a quarter of the egg, he instantly seemed disappointed. Charles did mention that despite his disappointment in the size of the soy-marinated egg, he did like his ramen overall.
Morimoto Street Food is a decent option at Disney Springs. Charles and I agreed that we would return to Morimoto Street Food in the future, but that it doesn’t equate to it being a must-do dining location at Disney Springs for first-time visitors.
When I eventually return to Morimoto Street Food, I plan on expanding outside of their ramen choices. I’ve heard that their ribs are outstanding, so that is at the top of my list when I go back. Charles stated that he hopes that they expand on the ramen options because he’d like to try something besides the two that they currently offer.
If you are looking for a quick bite to eat and enjoy Pan-Asian cuisine, then Morimoto Street Food is a good choice. As far as quick service choices at Disney Springs go I prefer Chicken Guy!, Blaze Pizza, and D-Luxe Burger, but I certainly wouldn’t discourage you from trying Morimoto Street Food if you were interested in it.