The decor and ambiance were inviting and a great blend of traditional and modern Japanese. It's traditional in it's feel, size (VERY quaint/small) and layout but modern in it's decor. The presentation the same, traditionally artful in modern stoneware. It's the closest thing to fine dining food in served Japan I've found here locally. The fish was the freshest I've ever experienced and the tempura was unequalled! The rest of the menu is equally impressive. I sampled a great many and none of them dissapointed. In fact most were incredible! The only thing keeping this from being the ultimate Japanese dining experience was the slow service. The servers were extremely polite and as attentive as they could as the place filled up quickly and was abuzz but there were only two of them and the wait time bordered on aggrevating. You really have to look for this one because blink and you'll miss it. Also parking is an issue on Kapahulu so if you can taxi or walk it it would be better. I highly recommend this one as a must visit. I guarantee you'll fall in love with the food but be prepared to wait for it. It's not cheap either but definately worth every penny!
Okay, okay I know I'm probably the only local girl in all of Hawaii who doesn't just drool over Liliha Bakery's cocoa puffs. Although, it's not them it's me, really-- I'm just not a huge cream puff girl in general. But, that aside. You have to try the cocoa puffs-- they really are good. And if you have just a minute or two more you could sit at the old fashioned counter and order true diner style from their menu overflowing with local goodness. I love stopping by here just to soak up the energy of what seems to be one of the last true diner's in Hawaii. Oh the good ole days. Oh and also this is the perfect, and by perfect I mean really, truly perfect in every way, place to break any carb related fasting. Be careful when you enter as you will most likely not be able to leave with out one of their signature boxes brimming with sugary sweetness. And that, truly is the sweetest thing.
Jun 28, 2011 Puhaku 12 words to Describe Morimoto Waikiki 12 12 words to Describe Morimoto Waikiki Restaurant: Creative adaptations of Hawaii Regional ingredients, uniformly gorgeous presentations, and impeccable service. Me & my family had the pleasure to dined at Iron Chef Morimoto's restaurant. Noise level was a little high, but, God! I love the liveliness and the energy the room feels. Special "Thank you" to all of the Chefs in the kitchen, and Managers on the floor for making my dining experience so memorable. Hanaho
This place is totally awesome!!! Never again will I be ordering plain Spam Musubi whenever I am in Oahu. This place takes making Musubis way up another level!!! You get excited just looking at the menu. So many variations to try, yet so little time during our one week stay. My whole family loves this place!!!
Discovered this place last year while vacationing with my wife. Took the kids with us this year, and has been a family hit since. The thicker milky broth in my opinion is better than the shoyu version. The thick pork slices that comes with the ramen is still dancing in my head...
Never knew wky people were so crazy about malasadas. Was not impressed when we ate some from Champion's last year. Leonard's this year is a whole new ballgame. They were fresh, hot, and delicious!!! A truly yummy treat. Willie Wonka himself would be proud of these malasadas!!!
Went to the makers and taster. Tried the 3 food truck tacos. Flyin Ahi had the best taco with their fish taco. Fish was great with a sweet sauce , small pickle the length of the taco, and the crunchy cable on top. This was the winner. GREAT JOB, even with a smile!
The ice here is as fine as snow. Matsumoto is good, but Waiola is better in my opinion. I knew it had better shaved ice the moment I tatsted it; however, the rest of my family had to go back the second time around after hitting Matsumoto's to confirm my findings.
This place rocks! The rolls were delicious however the fact that they serve multiple personal orders on one plate makes it confusing when eating in groups. Try the Echigo beer...great beer and goes well with the food!
This bakery is in Honolulu but we happened upon their roaming food truck in parking lot of mall by Macy's in unk town on east side of Oahu. So ridiculously good and for $1.25. Get all different variety.