Stage Restaurant at the Hawaii Design Center

Last weekend two of our good friends offered to take us out to eat dinner at Stage Restaurant. I had previously eaten at Stage years ago when it first opened in 2009. The last time I ate there, the food was way overpriced and I didn’t think I would ever go back. But, I had heard that they had made a number of changes over the year, so I figured it was about time to give the restaurant another try. I’m glad I did because the food was actually really good.

We all decided to order the 5-course prix fixe menu. After placing our orders, we were all given an Amuse Bouche, which consisted of a half a cherry tomato with a vinaigrette served in a soup spoon. I was very amused.
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The first course was a choice of a Ho Farm’s butternut soup with crème fraiche or a Hirabara baby green salad with Ho Farm tomatoes. I decided to get the soup, which was delicious. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of it. Oops.  The second course was grilled octopus, sea asparagus, Ho Farm tomato, onions, and arugula.
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The third course was pan seared ahi, with Kahuku sweet corn, Honshimeiji mushrooms, in a soy truffle butter.
DSC02324I’m usually not a big fan of seared ahi, I rather eat it raw. However, this dish was perfect. The fish was cooked just right, and the sauce was sweet and buttery.  The fourth course was a garlic and herb New York strip steak with baby vegetables and a potato puree.

DSC02327Finally, the fifth course was a scoop of honey ice cream on a bed of pistachio dust, a grilled brioche toast with banana fosters sauce.

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I thoroughly enjoyed eating at Stage. Overall, it was a great meal with great company!