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Roy's Woodland Hills, impressions,long and may bore.

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Roy's Woodland Hills, impressions,long and may bore.

Ralph | Jul 14, 2005 01:29 AM

We dined at Roy's in Woodland Hills, and over all,
it was a pleasing experience.

The greeting and host staff were good.

The serving personnel did a good job and the busboys were outstanding.

The wife and I ordered the pre fixe menu....she had
the Miso Steak amd I went for the grilled Short Rib
and both were good...

The Miso Steak came with
a side of cold udon noodles pretty strongly flavored with cilantro. (She mention she woukd have much prefered a scoop of steamed rice.) The sliced Miso Steak was placed on a bed of spinach sauteed with a little creamed sauce.

My short ribs were boneless and very tender which made me wonder whether they were more braised than grilled. The brown sauce was tasty and the meat was placed on a bed of a scallop type potatoe, trimmed with a brocoli flowerette, juliened carrots, and white string beans which made a very good eye appealing arrangement, however, the white string beans
yielded no more taste than cellulose, so could have
been left off. The taste of the other items were pleasant.

The appetizers were a platter of lobster roll, sparerib, a skewered shrimp, (20-30 size and not remarkable,) and slced
cucumbers. These platters had been done with great
care. The eye appeal was outstanding. The lobster rolls were a gyozo type dumpling with no lobster taste...the sparerib was very tender and little
longer than a man's index finger, that seemd to have been braised in a hoisin a type suace, and the sliced
cucumber had a simple tart taste...We felt a sunomono taste would've been better.

For desert, we had a chocolate soufflee, good, but
a little too rich for us, and an almond tart, which we both enjoyed.

The evening being our anniversary, we were presented
with a complimentary platter of a scoop of chocolate mousse and a scoop of vanilla ice cream with "happy
anniversary" scripted on the platter; a very
attractive gesture.

The decor, using golds, lavenders, and browns with an understated
Pacific Rim theme was very pleasing. The lighting
is very well engineered contrasting darkness and light
very well.

However, the hard surfaces of the ceilings and walls
are very poor acoustically. It made for a very noisey
atmosphere making effortless conversation difficult.

We had no cocktails, but the glassware and garnishes
we observed on other tables were very attractive.

The pre fixe cost was $33 each and one coffee was $2
bringing our total bill to $74 + gratuity which we felt was well worth. We will return to order from
the regular menu, which, while our server was very graciously
explaining to us....the noise made it very difficult to understand.

What was most impressive was that "all personnel"
cared about serving well.

We'd like to thank the "poster" who advised to use
the back parking lot rather than the "Valet" service for 5 bucks if you enter on Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Enter on the Victory Blvd entrance to the back parking lot and it's a very short walk to the
front entrance.

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