This Year Marks New Beginnings for MW Restaurant

(Sponsored) Michelle Karr-Ueoka and Wade Ueoka prepare to reopen their restaurant in February 2021 across from the Blaisdell Center.


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Mw Mochi Crusted Tofu

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New year, new beginnings. That especially goes for husband-wife power duo (and the Hale ‘Aina Awards 2020 Restaurateurs of the Year) Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr-Ueoka, owners/chefs of the popular MW Restaurant, which temporarily closed its location near Ala Moana Center on New Year’s Eve to prep for an exciting new spot (joined by grab-and-go sister restaurant Artizen) at Velocity Honolulu, slated to open in February 2021.


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MW Restaurant has always felt like that one cool friend who gets along with everyone. It’s sophisticated, but familiar; elevated, but not pretentious. Its dishes have the foundation of local flavor—beef stew, steamed fish, Korean fried chicken—but made gourmet with culinary skill and creative mind. Dessert is always a revelation, as expected of Michelle Karr-Ueoka, who leads dessert at MW and, in 2013, was a James Beard Foundation Award nominee for Outstanding Pastry Chef (the same year MW Restaurant was also nominated for Best New Restaurant, by the way).



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Along with a new location, the restaurant is also taking this time to update its menu with a few tweaks. Don’t worry, dishes (including the fan-favorite mochi-crusted fish) will remain mostly the same—just small changes to ingredients to keep flavors fresh.


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