Morimoto is one of my favourite places to dine at whenever I’m in Honolulu. Owned by Chef Morimoto from the cooking show Iron Chef, his Waikiki location boasts an array of fresh sashimi and delectable dishes.
Combined with a fantastic view of the Ala Wai Harbour, it’s a great place to go to for lunch or a sunset dinner. FYI try and request an outdoor/lanai table where possible! ⛵
Situated at the Modern Honolulu hotel, the interior of Morimoto Waikiki perfectly fits the profile: modern, classy and with plenty of beachside vibes. Got a car? No need to worry about parking here as valet parking is complimentary. Just be sure to get your ticket validated before you leave 😉
While the inside is plenty spacious, I’ve always chosen to dine out on the lanai on both of my visits to Morimoto. My first time dining here was a year ago when I visited Hawaii for the first time. The second time was about a month ago when I took my parents here for a treat and a view.
For this review, I’ll be including dishes that I had from both occasions that I had dined here. I’ve noticed that some of the classics, like the toro tartare and the lobster melt, have managed to have kept their place on the menu a whole year later.
Toro Tartare $28.0
The toro tartare is my favourite dish at Morimoto and is a must-order appetiser! Utensils are provided to scrape the toro from the glass frame, and dip into the six different garnishes and soy sauce provided. The dish also comes with a yamamomo berry (a local Hawaiian fruit) which was really unusual but tasted really sweet!
Lobster Melt $17.0
I still have dreams about this lobster melt sandwich! It’s just that good ? Complete with miso mayo, swiss cheese and served with green salad, house-made pickle, plus wasabi french fries (yes really!) on the side — the lobster melt is made to be the perfect lunch tray.
Sashimi Combination $50.0
The selection of sashimi platters here at Morimoto come in tiers ranging from $50-$200 USD. Seeing as my parents were not big fans of raw fish (especially my mum), I decided to go with the smallest tier. I dan’t recall what kinds of fish were on the platter, but I do remember them all tasting really good though 😛
Kakuni Don $22.0
My parents ordered the kakuni don which comes with braised ten hour pork belly on rice, chinese cabbage and red onion. All lunch set menus also come served with a side of miso soup, green salad and sushi.
Complimentary Chocolate Sorbet
We hadn’t noticed that the desserts were taking some time to come out until our waiter came over to apologise for the wait with some complimentary sorbet. It was his favourite: chocolate sorbet.
Now what’s special about this flavour of sorbet was the fact that it was made using chocolate — instead of a fruity puree base that is typically used in sorbet. Nevertheless, it was SO GOOD. Creamy, chocolatey and refreshing all at the same time.
Chilled Soufflé Cheesecake $13.0
For dessert, my mum chose these soufflé cheesecake with orange cream, blood orange foam, guava sorbet (see, fruity sorbet!) and a handful of fresh fruits. A refreshing end to a great lunch at Morimoto!
Now for the last dish that I had last time but was no longer listed on the menu when I dined in May:
Chocolate Peanut Bombe $12.0
Look at how pretty this dessert is! ? Such a shame that it’s no longer on the menu or else I would’ve ordered it already. The chocolate peanut bombe is comprised of a milk chocolate crèmeux (creamy) centre inside of a peanut dragée (outer shell) and served with salted peanut ice cream and nuts. So good even on a hot 30°C day!
Great modern Japanese food with the best lanai views of Ala Moana!
1775 Ala Moana Blvd,
Honolulu HI 96815