When the waiter pulled out the table, yes the whole entire table, so that I, in my little black dress, didn't have to do the whole unlady like" scooch bounce, scooch bounce" thing to get to the center of the half circle booth that we were seated at, well, let's just say I fell madly and deeply in love with Morton's. (Just as an aside... when it became clear that I had to use the little ladies room they came back, those wonderful waiters... sigh, and offered to move the table again-- I declined but giggled at the sweetness). The meats here are amazing. As are the desserts. And the drinks. And I know we had salads as good fine dining patrons should but I really couldn't tell ya much about them as I really don't recall a single detail. The ambiance is okay, although I couldn't help but feel that for the price I expected a bit more sparkle in the decor, but it is a steakhouse so maybe I just needed to see it from that angle. Parking is free and easy as Morton's is a located in the uber upscale section of the Alamoana Shopping Mall INSIDER Tip: There is a private elevator up to Morton's-- it's just that it's a little tricky to find and I believe it comes out facing the parking garage so even more so you kind of have to know where to look for it so perhaps ask when you call for reservations. This is sort of a dining "experience" and with a dinner for two bill that was over $300 dollars, well you really don't wanna rush things, so don't go hungry, or with company you aren't happy to have a long sit with but, do prepare yourself for a good slow meal and enjoy.
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!
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