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June 26, 2019

MW Restaurant + The City of Hiroshima Collaboration Menu Available June 28 to July 3

Last week I attended a media preview of an upcoming collaboration menu between MW Restaurant and The City of Hiroshima.

This special menu will be available from June 28 to July 3, and will incorporate ingredients from Hiroshima's local vendors to help promote the specialty products, as well as to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between Honolulu and Hiroshima.

The menu selections will include:

Fried Hiroshima Oyster "Okonomiyaki" ($14)
Black Pepper Okonomiyaki Sauce

Seafood Salad ($18)
Ahi, Scallop, Kona Abalone, Soy Dashi Granite, Hiroshima Konyaku

Baby Tomato Salad ($10)
Fried Tofu, Ho Farms Cucumber, Yukari Vinaigrette

Grilled Ahi Steak ($35)
Garlic Chirimen (dried whitefish) Pasta, Soy Edamame Relish

Brandt Brand Beef 12-ounce Ribeye Steak ($55)
Moromi Miso Sauce, Nagaimo (mountain yam), Garlic Mushroom Stew

Strawberry and Amazake "Shave Ice" ($12)
Amazake (sweet non-alcoholic sake) Tapioca and Sorbet, Yukari Strawberries, Shaved Strawberries, Mochi


Chefs Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr-Ueoka crafted an array of delicious dishes incorporating the specialty products. I loved all of the flavors of the Oyster "Okonomiyaki," and I enjoyed the different textures in the Seafood Salad.

I really liked the Baby Tomato Salad, especially the fried tofu and yukari vinaigrette. The Pasta was delightful, and I couldn't get enough of the garlic mushroom stew that accompanied the Steak.

And the Shave Ice did not disappoint. I probably ate it up in about 10 seconds. So yummy and refreshing!

According to a press release: 

“Finding a partner that properly honors Hiroshima’s specialty products is important to us,” says Hiroshi Hidaka, General Director of the Economic Affairs and Tourism Bureau in Hiroshima City. “We hope to create greater awareness of Hiroshima’s exports beyond industrial manufacturing, including many specialty foods such as oysters, miso, famous Hiroshima sake, and various traditional crafts.”

“We are flattered that the Hiroshima government asked us to prepare a menu that pays homage to their specialty foods and famous sake,” says Wade Ueoka, Co-Owner/Chef of MW Restaurant. “They have wonderful ingredients that align with our style of cuisine. Also, the presentations will also be served on Miyajima Osuna ware—plates crafted from the sacred sand of Miyajima in Hiroshima—to feature their artisanal talent.”

Designated as the City of Peace, Hiroshima City is the economic hub and capital of Hiroshima Prefecture located in the Chugoku region of Western Honshu, the largest island of Japan. Honolulu and Hiroshima have been sister cities since June 15, 1959, with Hiroshima being Honolulu’s first sister city. The strong ties between the people of Hawaii and Hiroshima stretch back to the late 1800s, when an estimated one-third of the Japanese who emigrated to Hawaii to work in the sugar industry were from the Hiroshima area.

MW Restaurant is located at 1538 Kapiolani Boulevard in Honolulu, Hawaii. The restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. For reservations, please call (808) 955-6505 or visit the website at www.mwrestaurant.com.

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