Morimoto’s Waikiki is an experience not to be missed when visiting Oahu. You will not find flowers and tiki’s, but rather a contemporary Japanese menu and an atmosphere to impress. If you have watched Executive Chef Masaharu Morimoto on Iron Chef, then you know his impeccable quality for food and his talent to marry traditional and modern dishes.
The restaurant was elegant and I will venture to say it has one of the best atmospheres and superb location around. The staff is attentive and service is fantastic. What I liked about the menu was the large selection of raw fish from Hawaii and locally grown fruits and vegetables that support local farmers. Morimoto puts his signature touches on everything. His shoyu (soysauce) is his blend and the white rice is actually brown rice that is polished every day. Even the chopsticks are specially designed for him from Japan.
Presentation, presentation, presentation…obviously this is stressed and even the sake we ordered came dressed with orchids floating in a glass bowl of ice.We ate lunch and dinner here and had a wonderful time. I highly recommend trying Morimoto’s for lunch, especially if you have children in tow. The sushi and lobster sandwich are a must!
For appetizers we had the crispy rock shrimp tempura with wasabi aioli, sushi, and tofu miso soup. All noteworthy, but the miso broth was the best I have had in Hawaii. Morimoto’s other signature dishes are Toro Tartare and Tuna Pizza. His entrees vary from an organic angry chicken to lobster, to loco moco. Again the presentation was always stunning and creative. A few dishes that stood out for me in taste were the lamb, crispy whole fish, and oddly enough the loco moco.
I ordered the the yellow tail hot rice bowl which was brought to me and cooked table side in a hot bowl with rice, vegetables and egg. I really enjoyed it, but the yellow tail needed a bit more seasoning for my western taste buds.
My night ended with the chocolate peanut butter bombe which was delectable and the Organic french press Kona coffee (which is his signature blend) was top notch. Oh, and then there was the Friday night fireworks that we enjoyed watching right outside.
I would order the loco moco for lunch since it really needs more steak and a fancier look for the dinner menu.
I would also like to see more selections on the dinner menu or specials for returning guests.
Will I go back again?
I have already gone back for breakfast and I am going soon to try the Wagyu beef. It is one of my top 5 favorite restaurants on Oahu. I highly recommend it!
Price: $31 to $50
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