Gallery: Scenes from Japonais by Morimoto's Opening Party

Inside Japonais by Morimoto
Inside Japonais by Morimoto

Chefs worked furiously to keep up with the sushi demand.

Raw Tuna Skewers
Raw Tuna Skewers

As far as the eye can see!!

Masaharu Morimoto
Masaharu Morimoto

The man of the hour. He spent the majority of the early evening meticulously preparing sushi for the hundreds of guests.

Morimoto Eating the Sushi!
Morimoto Eating the Sushi!

You have to make sure it tastes good, right? (He was actually just posing for another photographer, but I thought it was funny.)

Salmon Sushi
Salmon Sushi

Sushi was the main draw of the night. Salmon was just one of the many fresh choices.

Red Snapper Crudo with Goat Liver Mousse
Red Snapper Crudo with Goat Liver Mousse

Stephanie Izard from Girl & The Goat put together this refreshing little bite.

Sweet Coppa with Sunchokes, Preserved Lemon Aioli Dill
Sweet Coppa with Sunchokes, Preserved Lemon Aioli Dill

Blackbird's Paul Kahan was also on hand with this meaty bite.

Five Spice Pork Belly
Five Spice Pork Belly

Art Smith's Table Fifty-Two served five spice pork belly with sweet potato, golden raisins, and Japanese egg castella.

Chilled Carrot Bisque
Chilled Carrot Bisque

This refreshing sip from GEB was topped with coffee granola and whipped yogurt.

Lamb Loin Steamed Buns
Lamb Loin Steamed Buns

These steamed buns are from the Japonais by Morimoto menu. Along with the lamb loin, they are topped with raita sauce and pickled root vegetables.

Wood-Grilled Indiana Shrimp
Wood-Grilled Indiana Shrimp

Of course Vie, which is particular about sourcing local ingredients, would find shrimp in Indiana. It is served with escabeche with garlic conserva, fennel and satsuma mandarin, and pickled cherry bomb pepper.

Scenes from Japonais by Morimoto's Opening Party