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.

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.

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.


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