Friday, December 17, 2010
BACK TO MORIMOTO WAIKIKI
This is getting to be like a ping pong match. Sunday past, a Chaine des Rotisseurs gathering at the Halekulani Hotel...Wednesday, dinner at Morimoto Waikiki...Thursday, dinner at La Mer Halekulani...and tonight, dinner at Morimoto Waikiki. The only thing similar about the two establishments is that they are both mega pricey. Well, there is a second: the cuisine at both restaurants is extraordinary.
The dinner party tonight included at the far end of the table Atsushi Arakaki, the #3 leader in the laboratory of Tadashi Matsunaga at Nokodai, Mayumi in between, and Nicole and Brandon Yoza on the left. It is reported that there are 10,000 conferees at the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies now ongoing, with 6,000 from Japan.
I tasted the more expensive flight of sakes, which was not as worthwhile as the Morimoto combination I had two nights ago. I started with an oxtail soup, to which is added garlic rice, parsley and a shoyu/green onion/wasabi (freshly grated) concoction. It was way too salty, but maybe I was not supposed to pour in the mixture. This bowl was shared with the table. Looking around, I saw the foie gras chawan mushi, assorted sushi, abalone, calamari, foie gras oysters, loco moto (see blog of Thursday for details), some salads, etc. My main entree was a hamachi kama with garlic bok choi. Click on YELP for 212 photos of these dishes.
We ate a lot, but that made up for the fact that we golfed today and missed lunch. On the way out I was surprised to learn that this Ewa end of the Ilikai is now separated from the Waikiki side. Marriott spent $40 million to retrofit a boutique hotel called the Waikiki Edition. The Huffington Post reported on the opening in October. Prices for visitors start at $345/night, but there is a reported half price rate for kamaaina. This half of the complex has been significantly upgraded, and well dressed yuppies were all over the place.