Food La La: New menu items at Morimoto Waikiki
Morimoto Waikiki is the place to go for delicious and innovative seafood dishes. I recently went to check out some of their new menu items and revisit some of my favorites!
I love dining right before sun set time and sitting outside to enjoy the view.
This is one of their newest appetizers, the Hamachi Tacos ($15) with avocado and a spicy Vietnamese sauce called Nuoc Cham. This is the dish that they will serve at the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival event “A Lucky MODERN Buddha Belly” on Sept. 4.
If you’re into sake, try out their sampler, which comes with four different varieties: Ginjo, Junmai Ginjo, Daiginjo, and a dessert sake ($30). It was fun to sip and match with the different seafood dishes.
As for new entrees, this is the glazed, double-boned pork chop with green apple puree and kimchee and bacon ($42). It’s a fancy version of Korean bar food. I liked the contrasting salty and sweet flavors. The pork chop was juicy tender and cut through easily with every bite.
My favorite of the new dishes I tried was the snapper with mussels and a creamy yellow Thai curry ($40). I liked how the dish was light, yet still very flavorful.
This wasn’t a new menu item, but I am in love with the Spicy Alaskan King Crab ($28) with tobanjan aioli, tobiko and lots of cilantro. The sauce was slightly spicy and smooth while the crab was very juicy! It also comes with French fries with more of that addicting sauce on top. I would go back just to eat this dish all by myself.
Morimoto has four new colorful and fun desserts. There’s a Chocolate Shiso dish which has toasted peppermint marshmallow, shiso ice cream, shiso mint chocolate rocks and a decadent dark chocolate cake with creamy chocolate mousse. Chocolate and shiso make a wonderful flavor combination.
This creative dessert is the Haupia, which is actually toasted coconut chiffon layered with coconut mousse and lilikoi. There’s also sake-flavored caramel and furikake-dusted popcorn with popcorn ice cream!
Morimoto has a unique twist on cheesecake. The cheesecake is made with silky tofu infused with lemongrass, ginger and vanilla. There’s also fresh pineapple, ginger pineapple cream, salted macadamia nuts and Big Island hearts of palm infused with Kaffir lime. The best part was the edible gold on top!
This beautiful dessert is called Kuru Goma, which translates as “black sesame” in Japanese. It has caramelized white chocolate piped across layers of fresh strawberries, edible flowers, black sesame cake and a black sesame ice cream. This was my favorite dessert of the four!
For more information check out Morimoto Waikiki’s website.