James Beard award-nominated MW Restaurant is the place to be for a business-casual lunch or fancy dinner. But the restaurant’s lunch On-the-Go menu is probably the best townie deal you’ll find — you get the same gourmet preparation at a fraction of the dine-in entrée price.
The restaurant posts the takeout choices on its Instagram sometimes; if not, you can call 955-6505 to ask. You phone in your order and give a pickup time. Easy as one, two, three.
Actually, I take that back. It's difficult to decide which lunch to order.
The tonkatsu’s breading is thick, but the meat is tender. It comes in a small pool of tonkatsu sauce for a contrasting tang. The kalbi shortribs are bite-size and flavorful, but my favorites here are the smoky Portuguese sausage (this would be perfect in a breakfast bento) and Spam. This is Spam gone gourmet, complete with crispy exterior and perfect saltiness.
The monchong is light, flaky and fresh inside its crunchy fried mochi crust, and the somen noodles underneath work well as a smooth, refreshing side. I still can’t believe what a bargain this is (compare the dine-in lunch entrée price of $24). And the portion’s not skimpy.
This hamburger steak is oily and decadent, and I mean that in a good way. The patty is ultra savory and juicy, and the thick gravy takes the flavor to the next level.
The only thing that would make this better is adding a yolky egg on top to make it a loco moco. Which reminds me: If you can’t make it to MW during lunch, don’t worry. Lunch On-the-Go is available until 4 p.m., so just make sure place your order before then, and voila! Dinner’s served.
On-site parking available — and you don't have to valet. Just let the valet know you're picking up your takeout order. Street parking on Makaloa Street and Kapiolani Boulevard is also available.