Expectations are everything... Roy's was acceptably good but did not live up to some recommendations, it certainly wasn't memorable.
> Edamame (complimentary)... probably the best part of the meal... they were served warmish, tossed in a melange of Sesame Oil, Chile Powder, Rice Vinegar maybe something else... quite simply the best Edamame I've tasted.
> Hamachi & Soft Shell roll was good... as good as any good Sushi place but not something that will haunt me for weeks to come.
> Trio of Salads... cute presentation but weak:
>>> The "tomato salad" was a local green with a few, tasteless local cherry tomatoes & a meager serving of tasteless goat cheese balls.
>>> The mixed greens with basil dressing was fine... but not any better than a supermarket takeout version.
>>> A little wedge salad was our favorite... but again I've had burger joints do a better job.
> Local Ribeye (Rare) paired with Chamorro Red Rice, Coconut-Eggplant Puree, Cucumber Salad and something else.
>>> The steak was very good - they left a lot of fat & some grisle on... doesn't bother me but others migh... the meat was flavorful, tender and well seasoned.
>>> The Rice was barely edible... it just tasted like the green sprouts of old garlic.
>>> The Cucumber Salad was fine but unremarkable.
>>> The Coconut-Eggplant puree tasted like Elmer's glue... but maybe that is because it was way overpowered by the seasoning on the Steak.
> Ahi Steak (Rare) paired with Bok Choy
>>> The Steak was blah... the searing doesn't do much for Ahi, and it didn't have a good spice rub to bring out some of the flavor.
>>> The Bok Choy was perfectly cooked.
The funny thing is that we switched sides... the Bok Choy was excellent with the Beef... and the Coconut-Eggplant puree paired perfectly with the Ahi.
> Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Carmel Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream... this was excellent.
> Espresso.... good espresso... maybe even great (depends on the your espresso experience... I definitely was leagues better than the crap served at Starbucks and other chain coffee shops).
Overall... the food wasn't particularly memorable... also adjust expectations. Roy's is more of an upscale Diner and not Fine Dining...
> They have a silly Outback / TGIF's style mix & match 3 course tasting menu that just smacks of Diner
> They tend to follow a Protein + Sides format rather than a layered, one dish style. And the sides were not well paired to the entrees.
> Its in a glorified strip mall, the decor is painfully late 80's, the table ware was fairly ragged & downscale.
> The worst part... my wife made the mistake of letting them know it was an anniversary and they put some cheesy ribbon on the table.. and forced some of their employees to congratulate us. In exchange we did get a complimentary fudge bar with a Happy Anniversary message written in dark chocolate.
HOWEVER, its priced like an updcale Diner and not like Fine Dining place. It wasn't a bad value. Tip... the upstairs diner is loud with lots of big groups, and too bright... next time we go (and yes I would go back again... but not in a hurry)... I would definitely sit outside.
For the sake of comparison... I had a better meal at Epic Restaurant. So my question... what is a better true Fine Dining experience in O'ahu?
6600 Kalanianaole Hwy Ste 110, Honolulu, HI 96825