Dressed in a sweater, white shorts and super-clean sneakers, chef Masaharu Morimoto holds up a whole roast duck made of plastic. “Made in Japan,” explains the Iron Chef, adding that these ducks—he’s got 10 of them—cost $400 each. “Looks good, yeah?” The fake ducks will be hanging in a showcase near the glass-encased exhibition kitchen of his new restaurant, Morimoto Asia Waikīkī, which is slated to open on Feb. 15. The menu will feature, in fact, real Peking duck, along with other globally inspired creations, from Thai lobster chow fun to wok-fried kung pao chicken. The 250-seat restaurant, located on the second floor of the new Alohilani Resort Waikīkī Beach, will serve as the hotel’s signature restaurant. Downstairs from Morimoto Asia will be Momosan Waikīkī, a more casual restaurant by Morimoto that
focuses on noodles, small plates and yakitori, with an outdoor beer garden with signature sake, wine and local craft beers. There’s no date set for the opening of Momosan.