Dulce: Its hard to come by anything different in a mall food court. Its often just your usual suspects: Wendy's, Nathan's, Sbarro's or Villa Pizza, Cinnabon and either or both a Chinese and a Japanese option. So when we spotted MW's Hawaiian Grill at Garden State Plaza's food court, we were intrigued. Very friendly service, not much on display, which could only mean "made to order".
PB: I was intrigued by the flavor of the sample. You know those mall samples? They interrupt you as you walk by and almost beg you to try a sample of their food on a toothpick. The unique part was that this place offered the sample from behind the counter. I tasted it and thought it was full of flavor and so I felt it was a good option for our lunch.
I picked the Hawaiian BBQ Chicken and crunchy prawns with jasmine rice. The chicken, while extremely thin cut and a bit overcooked, had decent flavor. The crunchy prawns (aka shrimp tempura) were yummy with a tasty dipping sauce which tasted like a mixture of tentsuyu (most common tempura sauce made of mirin, dashi and of course soy sauce) and mango chutney. The tempura could have been crunchier, but it was clear that unlike the chicken, this was not made to order. Overall, a noteworthy meal, but with a caveat that this was a food court meal, so standards and expectations tend to be lower. I scale it a 6.
I ordered the Teriyaki Burger. While it took a day and a half for them to cook it. Ok, I'm exaggerating a bit, but it seemed to take forever. The net result was a burger full of flavor and textures. The pineapple was delicious and provided just enough sweet to make the burger incredible. The cheddar cheese was a perfect proportion and the fries were incredibly crispy. You know the french fry quality test, right? The crispier the fries, the better the overall meal. This held true for our lunch at MW's Hawaiian Grill as well.
At the end of the day, I scaled the lunch at a 7 and will definitely be back.