A founding contributor of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Peter Merriman has long been known for his inventive menus that champion local farmers and fisherman. We are definitely fans of Chef Merriman and always make it a point to enjoy his offerings when visiting the neighbor islands. His namesake Merriman’s restaurants are found in Waimea on the The Big Island, Kapalua on Maui, and Poipu on Kauai. Oahu is home to two of his more casual, concept restaurants: Monkeypod Kitchen and Moku Kitchen. We finally had a chance to check out the latter.
Step inside of Moku Kitchen in urban Kakaako and you’re greeted with a Pow! Wow! Hawaii! inspired mural. Very fitting.
The bar is luxuriously spacious to keep drinks flowing smoothly for everyone.
Moku in Hawaiian means district, land division, or island. The restaurant is a nod to the latter:
“Named after the Hawaiian word for “island”, Moku is a gathering spot where anyone from elite foodies, families, or people seeking an authentic taste of Hawaii can swap stories and relax with an ice-cold draft beer, a carafe of wine, and an amazing meal.”
If we’re dining out and plantation iced tea is available, then we’re ordering it.
The Organic Kale Salad with maui onions, golden raisins, oranges, organic Waiehu Valley macadamia nuts, and a miso sesame vinaigrette.
Free-range, wood-roasted chicken wings, seasoned with garlic, rosemary, and tzatziki sauce for dipping.
The Duck Tacos wrapped in Macias family corn tortillas and stuffed with maui onion, cilantro, and pineapple habanero salsa.
Killer fish and chips with a scrumptious, yet light, tempura batter. Use the malt vinegar aioli to dip anything and everything in.
Of course, there’s always room for dessert…
That chocolate mac nut pie, though. Hover above and look down. It’s a work of dessert loving art.
…and then bite in.
Salt at Our Kakaako
660 Ala Moana Blvd. No. 145
Honolulu, HI 96813