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Famous Chef to open a pan-Asian restaurant at Downtown Disney Springs next year

by Matt Roseboom

Morimoto Asia Exterior disney springs

A new pan-Asian restaurant run by famous Chef Masaharu Morimoto of “Iron Chef” is coming to Downtown Disney next summer as Downtown Disney transforms into Disney Springs.

Chef Morimoto is teaming up with Patina Restaurant Group to open Morimoto Asia in The Landing, in the heart of Disney Springs. It’s the Japanese master chef’s first pan-Asian restaurant.

Morimoto Asia’s 36-foot tall, two-story layout will include a vast range of areas to explore including open terraces, grand hall, private rooms, long bar, cocktail lounge, waterside seating and more. The restaurant is being designed by Studio V Architecture.

Morimoto Asia Interior disney springs

“We are delighted to work with Morimoto to create this one of a kind restaurant, which will be a spectacular dining destination at the new Disney Springs,” said Nick Valenti, restaurateur and CEO of Patina Restaurant Group.

“I’m very excited to bring this new concept to Disney, something I’ve always dreamed of,” said Chef Morimoto. “It’s a wonderful chance to share some of my favorite foods from across the Asian continent.”

Morimoto Asia’s culinary elements will provide flavors from across Asia, while exhibition kitchens will showcase the continent’s traditions. Included among them are street-food stalls, Peking duck carving and dim sum.

“We’re thrilled to bring Chef Morimoto’s renowned culinary style to Disney Springs as we expand the range of dining experiences for our resort guests as well as local Florida residents,” said George A. Kalogridis, president, Walt Disney World Resort.

The Patina Restaurant Group also runs Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli at Epcot, among other restaurants in New York and California.

For dining reservations and more information about Morimoto Asia, guests will be able to visit Disneyworld.com in the future.

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