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Lucien | Aug 27, 2001 09:23 PM

Well I, my wife, a well known local eat-meister and one other intrepid 'hound made it out for the soft opening of Roy's a week ago, and I am here to report that we had ourselves a dandy meal.

Appetizers were the overall stars of the show, and everything we got was well presented and very well made: Dim Sum canoe, sashimi (so fresh it was probably swimming the day before), one of the best crabcakes (I know I know), and massive heirloom tomato salad.

Dinners were also very good but a bit more variable. From Macadamia nut crusted grilled whitefish to U-10 scallops to porterhouse asian bbq pork chop, all attendant diners had a satisfying and delectable meal. My "rare seared blackened tuna" was well on its way to being workingman's well-done, but that is my only niggling complaint. In all cases, there was some flavor on the plate that elevated it above the usual cut-and-paste school of fusion cooking.

Dessets were pretty much to die for; we had 2 house specials. The tropical fruit tart was pipng hot, succulent, and featured a flaky but rich crust. The chocolate souffle was on the sinful side, oozing rich coca out of the middle and served a la mode.

I do recommend Roy's, although you might want to figure out a way to get there on someone else's tab: Our mock ticket for 4 ran to $300, and only because we were restricted to 2 bottles of wine. This particular group would normally have done more damage than that over the course of a 3 hour dinner. We'll be back though, as Roy's delivers some of the feshest, high quality, innovative seafood fare I've had in recent memory.

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