MW Restaurant debuted their afternoon tea service in August 2014. I remember calling in early fall last year and being told that they were booked. And from pictures I’ve seen on Instagram and websites, I can see why. We haven’t made it to afternoon tea there until this month.
Service at afternoon tea started off with choosing the teas (from the Tea Chest). There were 6 teas to choose from: Jasmine Pearls, Lemon Mamaki, Mango Peach, MW Chai, Lychee Acai, and Maui Earl Gray. Coty chose Lemon Mamaki and I had the Mango Peach tea, which were served in Bodum Assam Glass Tea Presses.
The usual presentation of scones, savories, and desserts being served on a 3-tier curate stand is replaced by beautifully arranged bite-size gourmet treats on individual plates. Don’t expect salmon with cream cheese or cucumber finger sandwiches here. No, no. Chef Wade Ueoka aims to keep patrons returning with innovative savories such as these:
Kona Kampachi Ceviche
Unagi Somen Salad
Pipikaula Potato Gratin
Kalua Pig and Taro Slider
Curry Duck Sandwich
Of course, it wouldn’t be afternoon tea without scones. Here are MW’s Fromage Blanc Scones with lemon curd.
We also opted to supplement the afternoon tea offerings with Kusshi Pacific oysters topped with Oscetra caviar and the butter poached Kona Lobster:
The perfect ending to any meal, whether or not it’s afternoon tea, is Pastry Chef Michelle Karr-Ueoka’s dessert creations. They never disappoint.
Waialua Chocolate Tiramisu
Tropical Fruit “Cheesecake”
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Meyer Lemon Tea Cookies
Banana Foster Malasada Bread Pudding
Afternoon tea at MW Restaurant is held only on the third Sunday of the month and their menu changes monthly. At $35 per person for afternoon tea, it is quite reasonable and comparable to the cost of afternoon tea at the posh hotels in Honolulu. My advice is to call in early to make your reservations, as the spots for afternoon tea fill up quickly.
1538 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 955-6505