Best sushi and chocolate souffle on the island. I have had the priviledge to dine at Roy's at least 50 times (Hawaii Kai to Waikiki). I live in the neighborhood - and they've been here for 20 years! I always enjoy our servers and the food is always excellent. I do not wait for special occassions to eat at Roy's - I actually find Outback Steakhouse (which is right across from Roy's), to be more costly. You don't have to break the bank to eat there - they have appetizer portions that are very reasonably priced. A must have is there signature chocolate souffle - it's my all time favorite dessert! I also notice the many charitible events that Roy's sponsors - which always makes me want to give them my business.
This sophisticated Hawaiian-fusion restaurant gives mainlanders an upscale taste of the islands..
Roy Yamaguchi opened his first restaurant in 1988 in Honolulu, Hawaii, blending European cooking techniques with locally produced ingredients and Asian spices. Today, his Hawaiian-fusion cuisine is served in a sophisticated atmosphere with dark woods, Asian accents and contemporary, island-inspired art. In addition to "Roy's classics" like Hawaiian-style misoyaki butterfish and the popular melting hot chocolate souffle, each location offers daily specials prepared by the local chef, all of whom are trained personally by Roy.
Food takes too long. Seems that every time I get to a Roys something is bound to happen. My first time I sat down in the bar section. My server came took my drink order, and came back on a reasonable time. My order was very simple a salad and a sushi dish. It took 45minutes for the salad and another 30 for the sushi. On my second time I think they felt rushed and my food was cold starting from the vegetables to the partially cook meat that did not make it to rare.
Sit outside for best service and atmosphere. I have been to Roy's on a number of occassions. The one feeling I always get is that it's too busy and caotic. The wait for food can take almost an hour...so you better enjoy your company. The food is awesome and the service is friendly and prompt (beverages and water refills). The prices are high for the ambience in my opinion. I have learned to sit down stairs or out on the patio for a much more romantic experience.
poor cuts of meat. I've been to Roy's before - and every time i convince myself to return i experience yet another situation. The first time i went with my family, and my father who is not at -all- a picky eater, got an extremely poor cut of meat. The second time we waited over an hour for our food. I would not recommend Roys because although the ambiance is good - for the amount they ask for, it's just not worth waiting an hour for a chewy steak.
Fine Dining Fusion Cuisine. Fine dining with the spirit of aloha. I have enjoyed many fine dining restaurants across the nation and Roy's remains my favorite. Great service, wonderful and creative food in a relaxed atmosphere that manages to be casual and elegant at the same time. Always a wonderful experience to eat at Roy's.
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