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DAT at Roy's

Windy | Jan 26, 200611:40 PM

A friend wanted to take me to lunch, and at the last minute, it occurred to me we should see if there were any DAT spots nearby.

I suggested Roy's, a place I would normally not consider, although I've never been. We walked in and were asked if we had a reservation, even though at least 1/3 of the tables were empty. Then we had to wait a while and ask for the DAT menu.

Roy's has $19 glasses of wine on the menu (and truly, these are not from $60 bottles), so you know quickly you're in expense account territory.

Still the food was surprisingly good. Also our server warmed up a lot as the meal went on, and whoever was bussing our table managed to clear plates without me even noticing.

The single appetizer was a Hawaiian fusion sampler: a bbq prawn, a rib, and a gyoza. My favorite part of the meal, each bite was succulent. There are four entree choices. We shared the short ribs and the macadamia encrusted mahi mahi. The fish was lackluster; I liked the coating and the sauce, but the filet was frozen or defrosted a day ago. The short ribs were so tender they didn't need a knife. I could have eaten a bowl of them. These were served atop bland mashed potatoes.

Dessert was a passionfruit tart with mango coulis and a graham cracker crust (no choice). I didn't finish mine, although I loved the sauces. My friend ate hers and mine.

All in all, a reasonable DAT value, but only because it's so overpriced to begin with. Some of the food looked fun, if someone else were paying. Most of the entrees even at lunch were insanely expensive. For those prices, you could eat at Ame down the block.

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