After having a wonderful dinner at Nobu at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay, we decided to catch the complementary Four Seasons shuttle back to the Lodge at Koele. It was a chilly November night. What better way to enjoy the rest of the evening than with late night hot chocolate, in the the Lodge’s Great Hall, next to the fireplace.
Chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s Nobu on Lanai opened less than two years ago at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay. Celebrity chef and restaurateur, Chef Matsuhisa, is known for his new style Japanese cuisine, which fuses traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients. He’s also considered to be a favorite of Lanai’s majority owner, Larry Ellison. The co-founder and CEO of Oracle, and fifth richest man in the world, owns 97 percent of the island. I’ve dined at Nobu Honolulu before, but this would be my first time experiencing the Manele Bay location.
It’s been a while since I last dined at the trendy Stage Restaurant. When they first opened in 2007 at the Honolulu Design Center, Jon Matsubara was executive chef and George W. Bush was president of the United States. Seven years later, Chef Matsubara is now the man at Japengo and George W. Bush is painting somewhere in a barn in Texas. Former executive sous chef, Ron de Guzman, moved into the executive chef position and revamped the menu. The restaurant decor also received a facelift. Artwork of fanciful genetilia no longer dominate the walls. Now they’ve got Louis Vuitton lips.