We decided to try Restaurant Hapa in Oldsmar for dinner tonight. It’s a small fine dining restaurant with only 11 tables. The windows are all covered with thick curtains and the decor is done in rich, dark colors giving it that intimate feel. When we walked in we also found that we were the only customers which made it even that much more intimate, though two other parties showed up while we were there.
While we were waiting for our entrees, the owner brought us some Irish soda bread.
Loren liked it more than I did. It had raisins and caraway seeds in it and was a bit too crunchy for my taste. Plus I got a few bites that were heavy with caraway seeds in it and I just didn’t like the flavor.
The entrees, however, totally made up for the bread. Loren order the Ahi tuna.
It was a nice, big piece of rare tuna served over a Wasabi Beurre Blanc sauce with sticky rice and some veggies. The tuna was cooked perfectly and the rice had a nice flavor.
I ordered one of the specials, the veal scallopini.
The photo doesn’t do it justice. It had 4 good size pieces of tender veal, over a mound of golden mashed potatoes. The Madeira wine and mushroom sauce was spectacular.
I asked about dessert and the first words out of the owner’s mouth were “Godiva Chocolate…”. Done. Bring it to me.
So, not only was it Godiva chocolate, it also had a raspberry whipped cream and raspberry sauce to go with it. It wasn’t really a cake, but more of a slightly frozen ganache, like you find in a truffle. I came really close to licking the plate when I was done. It was smooth and the cream and raspberry sauce were so yummy.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable dining experience. There were a few downsides, though. The air conditioning was up way too high. I was cold from the moment we walked in until we left. We sat at a table which was on the side next to the Italian restaurant next door and they were playing some really loud music. Luckily the Sade CD playing in Restaurant Hapa drowned it out for the most part, but you could still hear it. And finally, this was not an inexpensive dinner. We had a $25 Restaurant.com coupon and with tip, the dinner still ran us $60.
Was it worth it? Absolutely. The food was fantastic. The entrees were well executed and you could tell the chef took pride in what he was making.
3970 Tampa Road