UPDATE: April 2005
MOS Burger has closed.
For me, Japanese-influenced restaurants are a curious thing. They often serve unexpected things on the menu, and at MOS Burger, it's no exception. Located in Waikiki since 1989, I believe this is the only MOS Burger shop remaining in Hawaii (out of 4).
The inside is clean and spacious and actually a bit crowded today.
Since the last time I was here, years ago, MOS Burger has introduced some new and interesting menu items. The one that really caught my eye was the yakiniku MOS rice burger (US$3.59).
This rice burger is made up of thinly sliced beef that has been stir-fried with bell peppers and onions (I think) and served on compressed "rice buns" with lettuce. While the concept was unusual, the taste was actually quite conventional. The "rice buns" were grilled, much like the Japanese yaki-onigiri (grilled rice ball), but they had soaked up the juices from the grilled beef and had absorbed their flavor without becoming mushy. The "rice buns" went very well with the grilled beef which had the typical teriyaki beef flavor. It was a meal in sandwich form.
Just in case the yakiniku MOS rice burger didn't work out, I also ordered the old standby, the teriyaki burger combo (includes french fries, tossed salad and medium sized soft drink, US$5.69).
The teriyaki burger was a standard MOS offering. In fact, it was the first burger that MOS Burger actually offered. The teriyaki sauce was delicious and a little bit on the sweet side. The patty was thin (maybe 2 ounces) and a bit overcooked this time. The sandwich, though, did have loads of lettuce and lots of mayonaisse.
And no, all of this was not eaten in one sitting, the yakiniku MOS rice burger was eaten at home.
If you're looking for something unconventional, or a simply great teriyaki burger, pay MOS Burger a visit, you won't be disappointed. This is, in my opinion, the best fast food hamburger around.
2184 Kalakaua Avenue