Take a Bite: MW reimagines afternoon tea
BY NADINE KAM / email@example.com
The news is all about fairness, so I really don’t like going to the same place or writing about the same business back to back.
But news is about the new after all, and MW Restaurant’s Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr-Ueoka have consistently shown their ability to innovate.
To be a restaurateur today is not only about serving good food and hoping people will follow, but about being top-of-mind, and Michelle and Wade are proving to be Oahu’s culinary power couple, with no shortage of ideas and complimentary skill sets to back them up.
Last Saturday I was there for Michelle’s inaugural Baker Faire. On Sunday morning I was back for the restaurant’s inaugural Afternoon Tea. And what a tea it was! With Wade’s five delectable, dim sum-size savory bites and Michelle’s nine sweet flourishes, everyone else serving tea in this town may need to up their game.
Those feeling extra hungry could add supplemental items at $5 each, such as a caviar-topped vichyssoise, lobster corn dumpling and foie gras-and-pork bao.
Tea selections ranged from jasmine pearl to lemon mamaki, lychee acai, fruity mango peach and a custom MW chai.
Considering the quality and quantity of the food offered, the $35 cost was very reasonable, though I imagine the price may fluctuate depending on offerings at future events. The afternoon tea is slated to take place every third Sunday of the month and it’s best to call early for reservations as guests in swoon mode throughout this inaugural event vowed to return.
MW Restaurant is at 1538 Kapiolani Boulevard; entrance is on Makaloa Street. Call (808) 955-6505.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage appears in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.