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Roy's Restaurant Review (Los Angeles)

Aloha! You are about to experience one of the best Hawaiian restaurants in town! Roy’s Restaurant, they are pleased to share with you the many happenings and
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Located in the downtown Los Angeles, an area when there are tons of fine dining establishments, Roy’s Restaurant provides a fresh breeze of island fun. Roy’s Restaurant is more than just a hip lounge featuring an eclectic selection of
Mai Tais. The bright and fruity flavors of Pacific Island cuisine, served
generously with sharing in mind, are part of a festive environment
where myself and my guests were absolutely satisfied.

Choose from sushi, appetizers, and family style entrees nightly.
Whatever your pleasure, Roy’s Restaurant is a taste of paradise.

Let's face it; everyone needs a vacation from time to time, and that also holds true when it comes to dining out. Without a doubt, Roy’s Restaurant is a great choice.

The fact remains, however, that a steady diet of haute cuisine often inspires a need
to cleanse one's jaded palate with something bright, fruity and festive. And
that is precisely the name of the game at Roy’s restaurant.

Once inside the door, guests are promptly whisked away to a tropical paradise complete with all of the amenities except for coconut palms and the seashore.
This restaurant's brilliantly conceived décor takes full advantage of the high
ceilings to accentuate the feel of a large, Polynesian hut. Those who enjoy
nostalgically reliving their last sojourn to a peaceful island in the
south Pacific will feel particularly at home here.
      Mai Tai                                              Hawaiian Martini


As you might suspect, Mai Tai's are the house specialties, but the well stocked bar
is equipped to supply just about any kind of libation that you can imagine. General Manager has gone to great lengths to create the most eclectic array of Mai Tai's
that I have ever encountered. My guest ordered their Roy’s Secret Mai Tai, a
tasty blend of premium rums and orange and pineapple nectar while I savored
their famous Caipirinha, made with Leblon cachaca, sugar and a squeeze of lime.
We also tasted their Roy’s Signature Hawaiian Martini, with Sky vodka,
Stoli VanilaVodka, and Malibu Coconut Rum…it was delicious!

Lakanilau Roll, Kobe Beef with Dynamite Crab, Tempura Asparagus & Avocado

Our friendly server Country, started us off with a few items off of their unique
menu, prepared by Executive Chef Partner Curtis Mar. We started
with a selection of their most popular appetizers such as:
           Lobster California Roll                             Tempura Shrimp Roll                

Our first treat was the Lobster California Roll, which was simply divine, the
Lakanilau Roll, seared Kobe Beef wrapped around Dynamite Crab, Tempura Asparagus & Avocado, a wonderful new way to enjoy Kobe Beef, and a rare Crisped Tempura Shrimp Roll, this one is a tempting combination of
Yuzu Snow Crab, Yamagobo & Malaysian Curry Aioli,
served with an absolutely incredible spicy sauce.
Szechuan Baby Back Ribs                     Shrimp Salad, with Tempura

Lobster Potstickers with Spicy Togorashi Miso Butter Sauce

From the Ohana Appetizers &Fresh Island Salads, we had also few of their best choices, such as Yellow Fin Ahi “Poketini”, with Wasabi Aioli, Avocado &
Tobiko Caviar, the Crunchy Golden Lobster Potstickers, with Spicy Togorashi
Miso Butter Sauce, both were amazing, in presentation and flavors, and the Wood Grilled Szechuan Spiced Baby Back Pork Ribs, you just can’t miss, it was to die for!
I am a big fan of salads, so I tried the Mau Wowie Shrimp Salad, with Tempura Shiitake, Mango & Sesame Miso Caesar Dressing, a very light and
refreshing salad. This mélange of appetizers were simply delicious,
you can’t miss these appetizers if you go to Roy’s.

Yellow Fin Ahi “Poketini”                        Executive Chef Curtis Mar

Executive Chef Curtis Mar is originally from the island of Oahu and creates a
delightful selection of menu items that portray the genuine flavor of the island state.
As is a tradition there, many of the appetizers and entrees at Roy’s Restaurant are presented 'family style' to encourage sharing with other friends at the table.

Hawaiian Style Mixed Plates (Ahi, Salmon, Misoyaki Butterfish)

Country, our server suggested 2 dishes from the Hawaiian Style Mixed plates, a
Roy’s Classic Tribute, consisting the Black Island Ahi, Hibachi Grilled Salmon and Misoyaki Butterfish with spicy soy mustard butter, citrus ponzu, sizzling soy vinaigrette. This dish was not only beautiful to the eyes, but their rich essence
reminded me of ones that I used to get at a 'plate lunch' stand in Hilo, Hawaii;
only these were far more tender and flavorful.

Caramelized U-10 Sea Scallops & Oven Roasted Tomato Black Tiger Shrimp

Our next was the Caramelized U-10 Sea Scallops & Oven Roasted Tomato Black Tiger Shrimp, with Spicy Kung Pao Drizzle &Thai Basil-Tomato Gazpacho.
The servings of this masterful dish were so generous that
was enough to be shared in 4 people.

Crab & Yuzu Kosho Crusted Alaskan Halibut

The entrées served were nothing less than awesome. We also share the Crab &
Yuzu Kosho Crusted Alaskan Halibut. The fish was seared to medium rare
and thinly sliced, lending a tantalizing new twist to this old favorite.

Upside Down Pineapple Cake, Chocolate Soufflé, Guava Chiffon Cake

Our server then insisted that we try a few selections from their 'Roy’s Dinner Desserts’ which features a bevy of sweet, tropical treats to end the meal with. Ours was the Roy’s Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé, for this one you must allow 20 minutes preparation time, as well as the Upside Down Pineapple Cake, a moist brown
sugar cake with caramelized Pineapple. You can’t miss the Hawaiian Guava
Chiffon Cake, with Passion Guava curd, Fresh strawberries & whipped
cream… I guess we were in Paradise and we did not know.

For those with a mind for after dinner entertainment, Roy’s Restaurant's lounge I
must tell you that their service was impressive and we could not be happier during
the entire evening. This is a happy place that manages to cover all the bases.

If you can't change your latitude, you can still change your attitude by stopping in
to Roy’s Restaurant for one of their famous Mai Tai's, as well as a great
taste of island food and fun that you won't soon forget. Mahalo!

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Article By: Mary Adams
Photos By: Chris Marx

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