FUUD: Omakase at Morimoto Waikiki

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I’ve never been one to trust people feeding me.

I knew at a very early age — specifically preschool — that I liked choosing my own meals. Because if I didn’t, I would be stuck with plates of peas and oyster shooters.

So the Japanese concept of “omakase,” which literally means “to leave up to,” isn’t one that I’m particularly fond of.

But when we saw that on the menu at the stylish Morimoto Waikiki, the restaurant opened earlier this year by Masaharu Morimoto at the Waikiki EDITION, we figured we should see what the Iron Chef (or at least his team) would put in front of us. (Plus, it was Morimoto’s birthday when we were there. Seemed like the right thing to do.)

What’s great about omakase is you can a real sense of the chef’s culinary vision, starting with the first course to dessert. Often times — at least at Morimoto Waikiki — the omakase features items not on the present menu. So you’re getting something no one else can order.

The offerings change, too, so you can still order the omakase another time and try different dishes. (Just ask the server. If the omakase menu is the same as the last time you went, ask for another one. The chef will mix it up.)

We did order a few other menu items — hey, I had to try the chef’s version of the loco moco! — but the omakase was a great way to sample the restaurant’s array of dishes, and all for $110.

Here’s what we ate:

Outside Morimoto Waikiki

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Morimoto Waikiki is the signature restaurant of the hip Waikiki EDITION Hotel, located next door to the Ilikai. Owner Masaharu Morimoto or "Iron Chef" fame has a connection to the Islands: he got married here in 1978.

To see the other dishes we ordered, including the smallest sunny side up egg ever paired with a loco moco, visit my blog, The Cat Dish.

Morimoto Waikiki, Waikiki EDITION, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd. Hours: Breakfast, 6:30-10 a.m. daily; lunch, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily; dinner, 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Phone: (808) 943-5900

4 comments
turkfontaine
turkfontaine

omakase, i never knew the word but it's something i do often in small places along the central coast, like Paso Robles or Salinas. when the waitperson is excited to pick for me, i know i'm in a good restaurant. domo4theoma

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

CAT: Aaaiiiyyyaaahhh! Fuud Pix! Tenks! Did this one in Feb...while it does not look much, it is filling and so guud. You are filled with all your senses...taste, sight, smell, hearing (the oohs and aahs) of it all. The omakase is quite a treat, no doubt. The only thing that I did not like was sitting outside where the tables are so close together, the parties next to you seem like you are part of their table. Conversation is limited so it actually is more quiet dining then some of the other restaurants where people want to be heard and seen. The sake sampler is also quite nice. Melissa did a guud job on her review previously.

Ynaku
Ynaku

Was the Omakase big enough for 2 or you ordered 2? Looks so guud.

Cat
Cat

It was big enough to share — but you have to factor in how much Derek eats...