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Monday, May 12, 2014

MORIMOTO WAIKIKI

MORIMOTO WAIKIKI
HONOLULU, HAWAII

MORIMOTO WAIKIKI
1775 ALA MOANA BLVD
HONOLULU, HI  96815
808-943-5900
HOURS:  Monday thru Sunday 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
                 Dinner 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Made another visit to Morimoto Waikiki with some out of town guests.  While my first time guests said they loved it, I was not impressed and probably will not return here unless something changes with the menu.  Not saying this place is bad.  It is quite good.  I'm just a bit burnt out on it as I am with Roy's.  We started with Toro Tartare ($28) and Hamachi Tartare ($24).  These are unique dishes that are presented in a beautiful bowl of ice.  Problem is you really don't get the fresh fish taste like you would with a regular piece of sushi.  The fish is mashed to a paste and spread on an easel.  You scrape the fish off and then top it with various toppings.  Big presentation with small flavor and really does not satisfy.  The Tuna Pizza ($19) is the exact opposite.  This is a baked flour tortilla topped with  fresh Ahi Tuna, onion, jalapeƱo and an Olive and Anchovy Aoili.  This is DELICIOUS and should not be missed on a visit to Morimoto.  We actually finished two of these little Pizza's.  The Yellowtail Pastrami ($18) was good.  Fresh Yellowtail with a bit of spice on the ends.  The Morimoto Style Poke ($19) to me was a mess.  Very little Poke and a lot of Bocconcini, Mozzarella Cheese and other stuff that does not go together.  When I order Poke, I want fresh fish and a little sauce.  Not a bowl of fruit and vegetables.  Would never order this again.  The Spicy Crab ($28) is fantastic.  Nice pieces of meaty Alaskan King Crab topped with a spicy sauce.  Sauce was quite spicy and several people at our table could not eat it.  Served with perfectly cooked French Fries with the same hot sauce.  The Rock Shrimp ($16) was liked by everyone at the table.  Served with a Spicy Sauce and with a Wasabi Aioli.  The Calamari Salad ($18) is another winner here.  Lightly fried and crispy Calamari with greens and White Miso Aioli.  Delicious salad that can be shared by up to four people.  The Morimoto Mini Burgers ($18) were a little dry but delicious.  Waygu Beef with a little pork fat and pickle.  Just needed some ketchup maybe.  Served with small salad and those great French Fries.  We all ended our meal with a small bowl of Miso Soup ($5).  One person said it was the best Miso Soup she had ever tasted.  Several others said it was good.  Service on this afternoon was good.  We enjoyed the restaurant and food.  Click links below for previous posts on Morimoto Waikiki:

MORIMOTO WAIKIKI LOCATED INSIDE THE ILIKAI HOTEL 
MODEST ENTRANCE ADJACENT TO HOTEL SWIMMING POOL
ENTERED AND WAS GREETED BY FRIENDLY FACES
A SEA OF GREEN AT MORIMOTO WAIKIKI
TABLE DECORATION 
SEA SHELLS ALL OVER THE RESTAURANT
A PEAK AT THE OPEN KITCHEN AS YOU WALK TO SITTING AREA
ENTER TO FIND LARGE OPEN SPACE WITH GREEN AND AQUA COLORS
SMALL BAR TO DRINK OR DINE
LARGE OPEN KITCHEN WITH SUSHI BAR
INDOOR SEATING WITH VIEWS OF HARBOR 
INDOOR SEATING VIEW
LOOKING BACK TOWARDS ENTRANCE AND BAR
BEAUTIFUL BRIGHT SPACE
OUTDOOR SEATING ON LANAI IS COVERED
OUTDOOR LANAI SEATING HAS VIEW OF HARBOR
NICE LITTLE VIEW FROM THIS TABLE ON THE LANAI
HOT AND COLD APPETIZERS, SOUPS AND SALADS
MORIMOTO LUNCH SETS
SUSHI AND SASHIMI
SUSHI MENU 
LARGE GLASSES OF ICE TEA
HAD TO HAVE A LITTLE BUBBLY WITH MY SUSHI
MORIMOTO STYLE POKE
TUNA PIZZA
TUNA PIZZA WITH A LITTLE ONION AND JALAPENO IS MY FAVORITE
HAMACHI TARTARE
YOU SCRAPE THE FISH FROM THE GLASS AND THEN ADD SAUCE OR CONDIMENTS
TORO TARTARE
YELLOWTAIL PASTRAMI
SPICY ALASKAN KING CRAB
THIS CRAB IS LOADED WITH SPICE
CRISPY ROCK SHRIMP TEMPURA
TEMPURA CALAMARI SALAD
MORIMOTO SPECIAL MINI BURGERS
WAGYU BEEF SLIDERS
WAYGU BEEF, PORK AND A PICKLE
MISO SOUP
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HAZELNUT CAKE WITH SORBET

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