The best part of Hawaii isn’t the subtropical Mediterranean climate, the crystal blue green ocean, or the laid back islander pace of life. Okay, I lied. Those are all the best parts of Hawaii. But the cherry on top of your drool worthy paradise of a life is the food. And it’s not just any good fashioned Hawaiian meal, but the best of Asian/Polynesian food refined down generations and across the Pacific belly flopped into a pool of Western heartiness. Then take those traditional recipes, approach it with a think outside of the box redefinition of “Korean food” or “Italian food” or any other ethnic food by sculpting it together, and create the posh candle lit ambience of class and voila! What you have is Roy’s.
Roy Yamaguchi, a world renowned chef and James Beard Winner, opened his first high end fusion restaurant in 1988 with the vision of bringing the best Hawaiian fusion seafood there is to offer. Since then, he has opened an additional 30 restaurants. Then again, it isn’t much of a surprise that such a top rate restaurant can be so successful and spread its wings so internationally when you sink your teeth into their Misoyaki marinated Butterfish. It just melts in your mouth, carrying with it an explosion of spices and Umami like flavor. We ordered the Roy Sampler, which is a serious understatement for four of Roy Yamaguchi’s Original Hawaiian Fusion Classics; The entree sampler included Roy’s Original Blackened Island Ahi with Spicy Soy Mustard, Misoyaki Marinated Butterfish with Sweet Ginger Wasabi Butter, Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahimahi with Maine Lobster Essence, and Jade Pesto Steamed Opah with Chinese Style Sizzling Soy Sauce.
Another fulfilling signature dish is the Uncle Roy’s Pulehu combo dish. It includes the Hibachi Grilled Salmon, Mongolian Spiced Baby Ribs, Paniolo BBQ Glazed Shrimp. Yes, at this restaurant you can have your cake and eat it too! This three entree combo gives you sizeable portions that will leave you with a full belly and a mouth over stimulated. It is worthy of every molecule of saliva you render for mastication.
Not to mention, the top notch services of Aloha hospitality. Our waiter kept on coming back every ten minutes with a big smile asking if we needed any other accommodations but not before breaking down the menu for us, giving us the Roy’s nightly specials. I can only attest for the those two dishes as being the signature dishes you would find at any Roy’s restaurant. However, every Roy’s restaurant has their own eccentric platters they serve and the dinner menu changes nightly and depending on location.
So if you’re looking for a romantic night out or just want to experience quality seafood dining with an aloha welcome, then give your Uncle Roy a call!