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Roy's Woodland Hills Is A Letdown


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Roy's Woodland Hills Is A Letdown

TomSwift | Jul 18, 2005 11:39 AM

Having had delightful experiences in Hawaii we tried the Woodland Hills edition - it's in our own backyard, after all. I doubt that we'll be back to Roy's, unless we're in Hawaii Kai. To begin with, the place is so noisy that we literally had to talk into each others' ears to be heard. That did not make for a particularly relaxed meal. We felt that they pushed the Hawaiian theme a bit too far, with everyone from the hostess to the busboys wishing us "Aloha!" The total was $199.99 before tip for 4 of us; the prices are pretty reasonable for what you get.

We were searching for some words to describe this place and finally settled on "formulaic." Instead of being inventive the food seemed cliche. It was like a Pacific-fusion Cheesecake Factory. However, the chow: The furikake dusted shrimp ($11) were very flavorful, even if the shrimp were overcooked. The furikake coated sea scallops ($28) were 5 fairly large scallops, dusted with furikake and pan sauteed. Again a bit overcooked but the furikake made them very flavorful. Strangely, our server didn't know what type of furikake was used and didn't volunteer to find out. The herbed grilled pork chop ($23) (ordered by a guest whose taste buds have dissolved over the years) was pronounced wonderful - he ate every last bite of the well-done meat. Two guests had the lemongrass Onaga ($26) but forgot to order it rare so the fish was overcooked. Nevertheless, they both liked it. It had a curry sauce and overcooked rock shrimp. Needed more curry. Fried oysters in panko ($11) had a hot mustard and terryaki sauces; very tasty and the panko is a refreshing change.

The much hyped chocolate "souffle" for dessert really wasn't, to our thinking, a souffle. It was a chocolate pudding cake, molten in the center. It was very chocolately and good, but not a souffle.

Service was excellent, not intrusive but maybe a tad too cheerful. A previous poster's advice to park for free in the structure behind the building saves the valet charge.

Our overall impression was a good meal, reasonably priced ($45 in drinks) but we left with a "so what" feeling.

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