Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto to Open New Restaurants Near Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa


Chef Morimoto Headshot

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, a Japanese master chef known for his innovative and signature style of cuisine, is set to open two restaurants approximately 30 miles from Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa. Morimoto Asia Waikiki is set to open this winter while Momosan Waikiki has 2018 set as their target opening.

“I look forward to having Morimoto Asia Waikiki and Momosan Waikiki at Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, especially since the island of Oahu is a very special place to me,” said Chef Morimoto. “The stunning views of the beach and water combined with the two distinct dining options that we will offer provide true culinary destination experiences.”

Morimoto Sticky Spare Ribs Pork ribs

Pictured Above: Morimoto Sticky Spare Ribs Pork ribs | Hoisin Sweet Chili Glaze

Morimoto Asia Waikiki will showcase Chef Morimoto’s unique take on Pan-Asian cuisine. The dinner-only menu will feature a variety of flavors representing China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, and other regions of Asia, all with Morimoto’s creative touch. Signature dishes that present the Chef’s spin on his favorite Asian flavors will include Peking duck, sticky ribs, lo mein, Korean kalbi, dim sum and traditional wok fry dishes such as kung pao chicken and Thai lobster chow fun. Morimoto Asia Waikiki will bring an interactive culinary experience to Waikiki Beach, courtesy of a glass-encased exhibition kitchen that will offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into culinary preparations and traditions, and outdoor lanais with views of the world-famous beaches and sunsets of Waikiki. The restaurant will be Chef Morimoto’s second Morimoto Asia location as the first opened in 2015 as the flagship restaurant of the re-imagined Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

Chashu Ramen Soy flavored pork broth



Pictured Above: Chashu Ramen Soy flavored Pork Broth | Egg Noodles | Roasted Pork Belly | Scallion | Sesame | Soy Marinated Egg

Momosan Waikiki is set to be Chef Morimoto’s ramen and yakitori concept. The restaurant’s design will offer a more fun and casual breakfast, lunch, and dinner experience with indoor and outdoor dining options. At Momosan Waikiki, noodles will be front and center on the menu with an array of flavor-forward ramen varieties to choose from, including tonkotsu ramen, Tokyo chicken ramen, tantan and tsukemen. The restaurant will also serve playful small plates and signature appetizers including tetsunabe pork gyoza, crispy mimiga (Japanese fried pig ears), buta kimchi and Chef Morimoto’s signature take on garlic shrimp; innovative salads and classic izakaya style rice dishes; and yakitori including salmon and duck. The menu will showcase 20 sake options, six of which are Morimoto signature sake, red and white wines, draught and bottled beer including Japanese-style lager, three Morimoto signature beers in collaboration with Rouge Ales, and a rotating local Hawaiian brew. This will be Chef Morimoto’s second Momosan location, with the first location opened in New York City in 2016.

Shumai Dumplings

Pictured Above: Shumai Dumplings | Pork | Shrimp | Mushroom

If you have plans to visit Aulani and you’re a fan of Chef Morimoto’s cuisine, you may want to add these upcoming dining locations to your must-do list!

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