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Meet the Chef

Iron Chef
Masaharu Morimoto


Morimoto Waikiki is the ultimate culinary experience offering a traditional Japanese menu fused with Western ingredients and preparation.

In a setting so stylish, so beyond expectations, only a celebrity chef will do.

Welcome to Morimoto Waikiki at THE MODERN HONOLULU, conceived by Executive Chef – Iron Chef – Masaharu Morimoto.

Select global culinary capitals can claim Iron Chef Morimoto's restaurants – Napa, New York City, New Delhi, among others. Chef Morimoto's Honolulu restaurant enhances his culinary signature with the use of island-grown ingredients. Honoring the seamless integration of Japanese and Western ingredients Chef Morimoto is known for, Morimoto Waikiki highlights the best seafood from Hawaiian and Japanese waters as well as seasonal raw selections, fruits and vegetables.


Inside Morimoto Waikiki, dining is theater. Witness Morimoto’s vision translate to the plate in the open kitchen or at the full sushi bar. Signatures include the Carpaccio of Wagyu, whitefish or live octopus accompanied by hot oil ginger and yuzu soy, and the Ishi Yaki Buri Bop (which your server prepares before you – searing yellowtail on the sides of a hot stone bowl heaped with rice). To finish, the salty-sweet Chocolate Peanut Bombe marries milk chocolate crèmeux and peanut dragée with salted peanut ice cream. Or, select Chef Morimoto’s tasting menu for ultimate inspiration.

Of course, this Iron Chef is known for developing award-winning beers and sake. Request a sake flight to expand your palate, and savor Morimoto Waikiki. Thomas Schoos designed the space to balance the simplicity of Japanese design with Hawaii’s organic elements. The white interior is cool, crisp – though electrified by the greens of live moss and the purples that command attention from larger-than-life orchids on a mural. Lucite boxes hang overhead, displaying structural pieces of coral. Sheer curtains shelter semi-private dining rooms; the expansive bar, cocktail tables and deep sofas reveal spaces for sipping – staying. Outside, patio seating reflects the ambience of a fire pit and the view of Ala Wai yacht harbor.

This is your chance to experience the vision of an Iron Chef, a James Beard Foundation Award winner, a creative force lauded by the likes of Zagat and Travel + Leisure. Experience Morimoto Waikiki at THE MODERN HONOLULU.

On any given weeknight, you might find a cheerful, content gentleman with the nickname "Frenchy" reclining in the outdoor lounge at Morimoto Waikiki. Ray L'Heurux, a 52-year-old retiree was the highest-ranking Marine helicopter pilot in the United States of America. Read more.

Morimoto Breakfast Menu

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Morimoto Lunch Menu

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Morimoto Dinner Menu

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Morimoto Cocktail Menu

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Morimoto Dessert Menu

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