At the recent Gluten Intolerance Group’s #GFTeenSummit, I was in Disney Springs for four days. While I thought I could survive only on Erin McKenna’s NYC Bakery, sigh, I could not. I could only eat so many tea cakes in a day before I went into some sort of coma. On one of our night’s, there weren’t any dairy-free options, so I decided to take a short walk to Disney Springs to grab something. While I was initially headed to D-Luxe burger (I’ll write about that soon), I stumbled upon Morimoto Asia first (okay, I was totally lost).
Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs
The line was crazy long to get it, as it always is in Disney Springs without reservations, but I decided to go inside and just check. She said she didn’t have room for me, but if I wanted take out, I had to go to the quick-service take-out that was attached to the building, outside. I got in line, but realized that the menu was totally different than the gluten-free menu inside. It had noodle dishes that were totally unsafe. I went back inside and told the host that I was gluten-free and that I needed to order from the regular menu, but only to-go. She told me I could do that at the bar. WHEW, what a crazy adventure just to get some safe food. Thankfully, the wait at the bar was quick!
This is your regular reminder that if you want to eat at a sit-down restaurant in Disney Springs without a super long wait, you must make a reservation well in advance.
The bartender who took my order used to be a server at Raglan Road, so she was already familiar with celiac disease and the needs of a gluten-free customer. Was I lucky, or what? It’s so nice to head to a place where servers are so well-versed in allergy ordering! PS you can see their gluten-free only menu online.
Looking at the menu, I was impressed that they offered more than just sushi rolls. Had I more time on my hands, I would have explored the menu deeper and ordered some interesting things like the fried rice or chicken wings.When I have a craving for sushi, however, it’s hard to think about anything else. The second I walked into Morimoto, I knew that sushi was exactly what I wanted. THOSE SUSHI ROLLS!
I got a spicy tuna roll, a California roll, and a vegetable roll. They were all made with high-quality sushi and I was excited to find California rolls made with real crab – not imitation crab (that contains wheat) with an insane upcharge to get the real thing.
I would definitely recommend getting sushi at Morimoto Asia, if you get a chance to snag a reservation. I wouldn’t recommend eating at the crowded and noisy bar, unless you have to get allergen-friendly take-out. Definitely get a bottle of the gluten-free soy sauce for your order too!
This is just another reason not to overlook Disney Springs as part of your Walt Disney World vacation! Disney Springs offers many gluten-free and celiac-safe options!