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Stonehill Tavern Restaurant Review: Michael Mina is known for making a big statement with his modern American food, something that he has accomplished with aplomb in Orange County. Located in the Italianesque St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach, Stonehill Tavern has a posh, contemporary interior with glassed-in booths --- like something out of a James Bond film --- warm woods and a romantic vibe. Former chef Raj Dixit has exited the kitchen, and his replacement has not yet been named. Many Mina signature Stonehill dishes are available, such as the lobster potpie. In addition, the menu has included a starter as simple as a local-kale Caesar with boquerones and black olive “soil” flourishes with subtle taste cues, and a barely touched Kona kanpachi with green apple and jalapeño, distinctively bold without being overwhelming. Kurobuta pork tenderloin with forbidden rice and pineapple is an entrée clearly crafted after deep thought, while black cod with miso, Laughing Bird shrimp, bok choy and mustard is a sumptuously composed delight. Pastry chef Maren Henderson is allowed to have plenty of fun with the dessert menu, best witnessed by the intriguing sunchoke sundae with campfire marshmallow, Frosted Flakes, peanut and malted dulce. The restaurant also features a seven-course tasting and wine pairing menu; however, the entire table must agree to this gourmet feast, leaving à la carte diners out of luck. Service is topnotch, making it a good place to dine with family and friends or impress clients.