Hello readers! I am so excited to share some of the adventures of my trip to Hawaii with you! One of the highlights was an exceptional dinner at the Waikiki restaurant Morimoto.
The main chef at Morimoto is the famed Iron Chef and Iron Chef America star Masaharu Morimoto. We were so lucky to be visiting the restaurant during the Waikiki food and wine festival week, so we had the privilege of dining when the chef himself was managing the kitchen. It was quite a memorable experience.
When one walks into the restaurant you are greeted with extremely friendly and attentive staff, which are all very knowledgeable of the restaurant’s varied and complex menu. The decor is minimalist-modern, with large screen-printed Orchids on display on the walls, and large Hawaiian shells and coral displayed in glass cases above each table section. There is a full bar available at the restaurant, with rows and rows of beautiful cocktail bottles displayed. The lighting is a tad on the florescent side, so for those who prefer a more candlelit restaurant, you may wish to attend after the sun sets, when they light the table candles. We arrived just before the beautiful Hawaiian sunset, so we were able to see that while at the same time enjoying our appetizer.
We started our meal with the Toro Tartare appetizer, which employed so many layers of flavors in the selections of condiments that were offered with the caviar. The condiments offered were Maui Onion, Wasabi and Dashi soy. The caviar itself came out displayed on a freshly cut block of ice, which was a beautiful and dramatic presentation effect. The taste of the fish was delicate and refreshing to the palate, and the wasabi was also extremely pungent in flavor, exciting the taste buds with each bite. The caviar was fresh, cold (on ice), and extremely refreshing, especially on a hot day.
We also ordered individual Sashimi pieces from the raw bar, and three different types of Maki rolls. Morimoto spared no attention to detail, with each piece of fish being displayed simply and elegantly on a small ceramic plate. The sushi rolls were Salmon, Tuna, and Eel Avocado, and came displayed on a giant circular bowl with unique blue designs on it.
Moving on the main course, we ordered the Duck Duck Duck , which was a trio of uniquely prepared duck items. The dish included seared duck breast, duck confit spring roll, and a duck meatball soup. My husband particularly enjoyed the duck meatball soup, as he could be heard quietly slurping every last drop out of the bowl.
We particularly enjoyed the varied selections of wines available by the bottle on the menu, and were pleased to order a delicious bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Spanish region.
We concluded our meal with two selections from the dessert menu, which were decadent while being simultaneously simple and direct. We ordered the chocolate peanut bombe and the Ice Cream Profiteroles. We definitely enjoyed both dishes! What a spectacular way to end the meal. I am a huge dessert fan, so this was my favorite part of the evening. The desserts were magnificently displayed on a small plate with caramel and chocolate glaze drippings surrounding each piece.
Visiting Morimoto was one of the best experiences had on my honeymoon, and I do hope to go back the next time I visit Waikiki!
For a complete menu of Morimoto, visit their website.
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