January 28th, 2015
Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr-Ueoka continue to be the hardest working couple in the restaurant biz. If it seems like I'm always at their MW Restaurant, it's because they are so creative in coming up with new ideas and tireless in their execution.
On the heels of their Secret Menu dinner was Sunday's Chocolate Cafe, the inaugural event for a series that will highlight various island ingredients throughout the year; in this case, chocolate from around the islands.
The event took place in MW's new private dining room, with patrons lining up to indulge in all manner of savory and sweet treats priced from $3 to $18. Orders were taken at the door and chocolate lovers could opt to eat in or take out, though trying to find a table was a squeeze in the 40-seat room.
Dishes proved to be irresistible, but after trying to share a hot chocolate it was so good I wanted my own — and oh boy was that filling! I think all of us were willing to risk a tummy ache later for ambrosia now!
Plans are to host a themed event once a month, with the next one highlighting products from Naked Cow Dairy and pitting cow vs. goat milk. I have a feeling I would be drawn to the goat team, but with the goods in their capable hands, I may be surprised.
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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage is in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.