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June 11, 2021

Mugen, Officially Reopened on June 1, Debuts its New Signature Dining Experience and an Elevated Tasting Menu

Mugen, known for its unforgettable tasting menu experience paired with rare wines and spirits, is once again accepting reservations. Waikiki’s sought-after culinary destination reopened on June 1, introducing guests to a host of new updates including a new courtyard dining area, a private dining room, and a selection of elegant new tasting menu dishes that are sure to delight all the senses.


“The Mugen dining experience is unlike anything else in Hawaii. Our team delivers the highest standard of fine dining tableside service to just two dinner seatings of 16 guests per night,” said Chef Jason Yamaguchi. “We are proud to showcase an innovative new menu, crafted by our culinary team using the finest ingredients sourced from around the world, from Hawaii-grown produce and fine chocolate to rare finds from the renowned Toyosu Market in Japan and beyond.”

Mugen’s eight-course tasting menu is priced at $150 with an optional wine pairing for $70. Highlights from the artfully plated menu include new additions and classic favorites, like the Sasanian Osetra caviar atop vanilla panna cotta and mochi blini. Mugen’s summer tasting menu changes regularly based on the availability of rare ingredients and the season. Here is an example of the types of dishes diners can look forward to at Mugen:
  • Sasanian Osetra Caviar (Mochi Blini. Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta. Cured Yolk.)
  • Hiramasa (Shikuwasa. Charred Pineapple Broth. Pickled Kyuri. Young Coconut.)
  • Boldor Beet (Fennel. Macadamia Crumb. Artichoke Foam. Guava Vinaigrette.)
  • Ruby Snapper (Honey Dashi. Magic Molly Potato. Yamagobo.)
  • Calamansi (Thai Basil Veil.)
  • Miyazaki A5 (Negi Panisse. Celery Root. Summer Truffle Jus.)
  • Coconut (Goma. Candied Shiso.)
  • Mililani Chocolate Cremeux (Potato Crisps. Smoked Cashew Soil. Miso Caramel.)
And a fresh new face to the Mugen executive team is pastry Chef Jamon Harper. Chef Jamon has more than 15 years of experience gained working for some of the hospitality industry’s most reputable establishments including Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, The Fairmont Orchid, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Hilton Hotels Worldwide, the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club, and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, among others.

Mugen continues to offer precious Japanese whiskies and other prized libations not found anywhere else in Hawaii and in many cases, the continental U.S. Rare spirits available at Mugen include a 50-year-old rum from Appleton Estate – which is limited to 800 bottles worldwide – and Clase Azul Ultra Tequila, aged for five years in sherry wood casks from Spain. The 500-bottle wine collection delights connoisseurs with its 1975 and 1976 Dom Perignon, and a rare 3.0L 2009 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild Pauillac.

Mugen is open for dine-in services from Tuesday through Saturday with two dinner seatings at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. To make a reservation, call 808-377-2247 or visit OpenTable or www.mugenwaikiki.com.

For more information, visitwww.mugenwaikiki.com and follow Mugen on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mugenwaikiki  and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/mugenwaikiki.

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