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Morton’s The Steakhouse

By Lynsey Beth Futa Photos By BODIE COLLINS
July 3, 2016

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A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS WEEK’S HOUSE SPECIAL: Miso Marinated Sea Bass ($48)

There is much to be said about a steak house that keeps the quality of its entire menu up to par with its steak. And while Morton’s The Steakhouse’s USDA Prime aged beef is unlike any you’ve ever had, a selection such as the establishment’s Miso Marinated Sea Bass is equally unsurpassed and noteworthy.

After 15 years in Hawaii, Morton’s continues to thrive at its Ala Moana Center location, providing tourists and locals alike with top-notch service, an award-winning wine list and private dining options for any occasion. Led by the talented mind of local boy and executive chef Erwin Manzano, the beloved steak house continues to be the prime destination for elite American cuisine with a hint of local flair.

Morton’s will be celebrating Independence Day with a three-course Fourth of July special ($36), which features a menu packed with delicious options, including diners’ choice of either Center Cut Filet Mignon (6 ounces), Cajun Pork Chop, Honey-Balsamic Glazed Salmon Fillet or Grilled Chicken Bianco for their entree.

CHILEAN SEA BASS

Chilean sea bass is the choice of fish for this dish because of its ability to stay succulent and tender after being cooked. The plump, white meat easily flakes apart with each forkful.

MISO

Miso — fermented soybeans — not only is a Japanese delicacy, but also is a familiar ingredient in local cooking. The paste is used to marinate the sea bass for at least 24 hours, adding an elegant, salty flavor to the seafood dish.

BABY BOK CHOY

Sauteed bites of baby bok choy are added to balance out the savory flavors of the fish, perfectly tying together the Asian-influenced ingredients and theme.

MICROGREENS

Additionally, Morton’s supports local farmers and farms by using local produce whenever possible. For instance, the microgreens used to adorn the fish, as well as the baby bok choy, come fresh from Nalo Farms in Waimanalo.

DASHI BROTH

The ingredients sit in a flavorful, slurp-worthy dashi broth that’s light and sophisticated to the palate.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Ala Moana Center,
1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu
949-1300
(restaurant and private dining)
Sunday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5-11 p.m.