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Morimoto Waikiki’s new “R&D” Menu

Sean Morris, President of Advertising Associates International, invited local media folks for a tasting of Morimoto Waikiki’s new “R&D” menu, now available Monday through Thursday. Following are photos and commentary from this event, which took place on Friday evening, April 15, 2016. Enjoy. ;-)


Morimoto Waikiki’s new “R&D” menu: Roasted Shishito Peppers with Ponzu Butter


Morimoto Waikiki’s new “R&D” menu: Roasted Shishito Peppers with Ponzu Butter


Morimoto Waikiki bar


Morimoto Waikiki’s new “R&D” menu: Waikiki Mule, made with Barenjager, Cucumber Vodka, Lime Juice and Ginger Beer


Morimoto Waikiki’s new “R&D” menu: Hamachi Tacos


Ritsuko-Chan and Nadine Kam snap a chat of Morimoto Waikiki’s “R&D” Edamame with Sea Salt


Morimoto Waikiki’s new “R&D” menu: Edamame with Sea Salt


Morimoto Waikiki outdoor patio overlooking Ala Wai Boat Harbor, on the makai (ocean) side of the pool deck of the Modern Waikiki resort


Morimoto Waikiki’s new “R&D” menu: Sunday Brunch, made with Vodka, Yuzu, Oregeat, Orange, Rhubarb and Star Anise


“I love my job. Gettin’ paid to just sit around chill.”


Morimoto Waikiki’s new “R&D” menu: Maki Sushi of the Day


Morimoto Waikiki’s new “R&D” menu: Maki Sushi of the Day


Morimoto Waikiki’s new “R&D” menu: Lillet’s Flower cocktail, made with Lillet, orange blossom water and lemon juice


Morimoto Waikiki’s new “R&D” menu: Lillet’s Flower cocktail, made with Lillet, orange blossom water and lemon juice


Nadine Kam (Honolulu Star Advertiser) and Melissa Chang (Honolulu Magazine & Frolic Hawaii) setting up the next shot at Morimoto Waikiki (Ritsuko-Chan sharing her last pic)


Morimoto Waikiki Oyster Shooters (not part of the new “R&D” menu)


Morimoto Waikiki’s new “R&D” menu: Salt & Pepper Duck Tongue with Local Mixed Greens


Morimoto Waikiki tasting event host Sean Morris, Pam Davis, Robert Kukonu and wife Ritsuko, Nadine Kam and Melissa Chang doing their “thang”… it’s a tough job being a food critic, but someone’s gotta’ do it


Morimoto Waikiki’s new “R&D” menu: Salt & Pepper Duck Tongue with Local Mixed Greens (sample plate B)


Morimoto Waikiki’s new “R&D” menu: Sticky Ribs with Tamarind Glaze


Morimoto Waikiki’s new “R&D” menu: Sticky Ribs with Tamarind Glaze


Morimoto Waikiki’s new “R&D” menu: Shrimp Tempura with Soba


Nadine and Melissa


Morimoto Waikiki’s new “R&D” menu: Shrimp Tempura with Soba

And? If “R&D” means “Research and Development”, right across the board on all dishes, Morimoto Waikiki needs to SERIOUSLY head back to the drawing board. As what we were served would NEVER FLY with the owner himself, Masaharu “Iron Chef” Morimoto. NEVER. Rating? 2 SPAM Musubi, which is “good”, but not GREAT, as only the “Iron Chef” Morimoto himself would DEMAND!


Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking by Masaharu Morimoto, the famous “Iron Chef” of Japan


View at sunset from the outdoor dining area of Morimoto Waikiki, located at the Modern Waikiki (next to the Ilikai)


The Modern Waikiki, located at the corner of Hobron Lane and Ala Moana Boulevard, next door to the famous Ilikai Hotel


(left to right) Sean Morris (Advertising Associates International), Pomai Souza (TastyIslandhawaii.com), Robert Kukonu, Melissa Chang (Honolulu Magazine & Frolic Hawaii) and Ritsoku Kukonu (PookhoHawaii.com)


Pomai Souza (The Tasty Island), Nadine Kam (Honolulu Star Advertiser) and Pam Davis (Oahu Concierge) @ Morimoto Waikiki ~ 4.15.16

11 thoughts on “Morimoto Waikiki’s new “R&D” Menu

  • April 17, 2016 at 12:22 pm
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    What is duck tongue like? Does it have a taste, or is it all texture?

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    • April 17, 2016 at 12:27 pm
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      h,

      The Duck Tongue got lost in the deep-fried tempura batter. It was certainly tender, otherwise not discernible what it was, flavor-wise. It could have been tofu, and I wouldn’t know the difference.

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      • April 17, 2016 at 3:27 pm
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        I can’t even imagine eating that. Talk about nose-to-tail. My mom has a moluccan cockatoo, and he’s always trying to stick his tongue in people’s mouths (he likes to inspect for gum or candy he might want to eat). It’s weird, dry and warm, and sort of the shape of a pinkie toe. I can’t imagine wanting to eat it.

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        • April 18, 2016 at 7:35 am
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          h,

          Which probably explains why them Duck Tongue are coated in tempura batter.

          That is VERY weird, how your mom’s Mollucan sticks its tongue in people’s mouths “inspecting for stuff”. Definitely “oned-up” Andrew Zimmern on that one!

          Cow tongue is sometimes found on the menu at Korean restaurants here as “Gyutan”. They say it tastes like “steak”.

          I actually find chicken feet much more bizarre to eat, from both a visual and textural standpoint….

           

          Chicken Feet with Chinese Herb Soup from Tai Pan Dim Sum (across “that” bank)


          Chicken Feet with Black Bean Sauce from Tai Pan Dim Sum (across from “that” bank

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          • April 18, 2016 at 11:04 am
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            Milton (the cockatoo) loves to kiss, too. Of course he’s tries to slip people the tongue that way, too. He loves gum. And candy. And ice cream. And hot dogs, and chicken (nothing is creepier than seeing him happily holding a drumstick). He eats EVERYTHING, like a goat. He’s supposed to be a vegetarian, but my mom spoiled him.

            Cow tongue is a common sandwich in Jewish delis. I guess it’s an eastern european thing. My mom and her cousins all recall their parents boiling tongue.

            Chicken feet seem creepy to eat. I’ve seen them on the dim sum station at the local asian buffet. But it’s common in cuban cooking, and also eastern european cooking, to make chicken broth with them, and then eating them. My cousin loves them. I’ll stick to a vegetarian diet, thanks. :)

          • April 18, 2016 at 11:21 am
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            h,

            OK, that’s where I draw the line: when the pet bird tries to slip the tongue. lol And a bird eating chicken? Especially holding and gnawing on a drumstick? That is WAY creepy! lol You seriously have to video tape that and share it on YouTube! Title it “Milton the Cockatoo eating KFC”. Gauranteed 1 millions hits+!!!

            Ever smelled tripe (the cow’s fatty stomach lining) being boiled? If you never have, God Bless You, that’s all I have t say. lol

            Oh, and a little side trivia, in case you’re not aware of it (which you probably are, being the rocker you are), Sammy Hagar has a “super group” band named Chickenfoot, with Joe Satriani and former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony.

            I heard Eddie Van Halen is planning on leaving Van Halen to join Chickenfoot as their lead vocalist, with absolutely no guitar work at all (crying shame, right?). Eddie’s son Wolfgang will carry on the Van Halen band, reformatting their hard rock style to reggae/”Jawaiian”. Imagine “Running with the Devil”, the reggae version. Or better yet, “Eruption”, reggae style. LOL!!!!!

  • April 19, 2016 at 2:41 am
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    Eddie Van Halen is leaving to sing and not play guitar? That’s insane! I’d ask if it was because of his hearing issues, but certainly a lead singer with hearing issues isn’t a good thing. What will sammy Hagar be doing? So Sammy Hagar and 2 Van Halen members… that’s practically just post-David Lee Roth Van Halen. Though Steve Vai seems like a nice addition.

    Reformatted Van Halen? That’s… insane. He should start a new band. What is Jawaiian? A reggaeish beat with a ukulele? Kind of like Jason Mraz on “I’m Yours” or Brett Dennen’s “Blessed”?

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    • April 19, 2016 at 7:36 am
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      h,

      Oh yes, Eddie Van Halen is gonna’ join Chickenfoot as lead vocalist, with the written-in-contract agreement he can’t strum one single guitar chord or “lick”. Zero. Zip. Nodda’. Nottin’. Sammy Hagar’s thinking is, EVH’s raspy post-smoker voice will be WAY better than David Lee Roth (“DLR”) could ever produce.

      Meanwhile, Sammy Hagar will be playing sax’, trumpet, bagpipes, xylophone, tambourine, and harmonized “ball-crushing” high-pitched background vocals alongside Michael Anthony. That’s it. No more, no less.

      Here’s a great example of “Jawaiian” music, although in general, I despise the genre, as it’s kinda’ like the Hawaii local version of “Redneck Ska Rock”; in other words, imagine any Van Halen song converted to sound like this…

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      • April 19, 2016 at 8:13 am
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        Couldn’t get into that song, though the background kind of sounds like something off of Johnny Clegg & Savuka’s Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World (one of my favorite albums).

        Redneck Ska Rock… that makes me think of something like Lynyrd Skynyrd covering Fishbone’s “Lying @ss B—-” I actually really like Ska. Redneck rock, not so much.

        DLR is a mess live. I saw his solo tour sometime in the late ’80s – Yankee Rose era-  and he was terrible.

         

         

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        • April 19, 2016 at 8:33 am
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          h,

          Later I’ll have to look up “Johnny Clegg & Savuka’s Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World” album on YouTube. I’m quite confident you and I share the same taste in music (except for Pink Floyd, of course).

          Never heard Lynrd Skyrd’s version of “Bad @ss B______”. Later I’ll check that one out, too. Oh wait, can I say that? lol

          I really don’t know what is “Redneck Rock”. Just made that term up to loosely describe the “Jawaiian” genre, which is essentially “Hawaiian Reggae”. Reason I call it that, is typically if you were to attend any concert of that genre here in Hawaii, what you’ll predominantly find are “mokes”, which are the local version of southern “red necks”. They’re loyal to the bone, yet will kick your @ss for reasons you’ll be like, “Huh?”.

          DLR’s “Yankee Rose” in studio version is a GREAT song. The entire album “Eat ‘Em and Smile” being some of Steve Vai’s best work!

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          • April 19, 2016 at 9:55 am
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            Oh, Lynyrd Skynyrd didn’t cover it. That’s just want I imagined redneck rock ska to sound like.

            Johnny Clegg is great, especially that album. It’s like african pop.

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