Roy’s Waikiki

Reid, 28, August, 2008, 9:29

(at the Makai end of Lewers; on the new beachwalk)

We went here for my parents’ anniversary dinner. I’ve enjoyed the food at the other Roy restaurants, but if this were my first experience, I probably wouldn’t go back. From the menu, the evening didn’t start out well. When you look at a menu and nothing excites you, that’s a bad sign.

I don’t want to write much, but I do have pictures, and I’ll try to comment briefly on each.

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I ordered the prixe fixe menu, which came with an appetizer, choice of entre and choice of a desssert. With paired wine the total was $54. The picture above is the trio appetizer: blackened ahi, baby back rib and chicken spring roll. Everything was good on this, although not outstanding.

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This is the dim sum canoe for two ($27.50). I didn’t eat this that evening, but I had it before. In addition to the appetizers I had, the plate came with skewered shrimp and crab-cakes. The crab-cakes were pretty mediocre.

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This is the shrimp with pancetta dish that my mom had. I just tried the shrimp, and I wasn’t impressed. Larri tried it with the vegetables and she thought it was good. My mom liked it, so that was good.

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My dad got this dish, chicken wrapped in prosciutto. We were all surprised because my dad almost always orders some kind of steak (usually, teri), but he explained that he had eaten a steak the night before. This was OK.

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I had a choice of three entres: a salmon dish (basically grilled salmon), a dish I can’t remember and a short rib. This the short rib which came with a tiny cup of poi. The cut of meat was pretty big, but it was basically a pot roast, sans the gravy. I’ve liked the short rib at places like Mavro and 12th Ave, and this was not even close. My mom’s pot roast is just as good, if not better.

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Larri got the ono. It was OK.

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This was a crab, artichoke au gratin side that came with Larri’s dish. It wasn’t that good, but I had a small bite.

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This is the rib-eye that my brother got. It was OK, but it was huge. It came with a bbq sauce, Southern style, which was OK, but I prefer steak without sauces.

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Here’s the salmon dish my sister ordered. I didn’t try it.

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My brother’s wife got this Roy’s Classic Tribute: blackened ahi, hibachi salmon and misoyaki butterfish. I didn’t get to try this.

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This was the lamb dish my sister’s boyfriend got. It was pretty good. I especially liked the pineapple-mango (?) chutney.

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Here’s the pineapple upside cake, which Larri got. It takes a while to prepare and comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was OK.

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This was the mac nut tart a la mode. It was OK. I liked the fruit sauces on the side, but I would have preferred the nuts to not be chopped.

I also took a picture of the chocolate souffle cake, but the picture wasn’t great.

I apologize for not listing all of the ingredients in the various dishes, but I couldn’t remember them, and frankly I don’t think it matters. The dishes were just OK, imo. (choc souffle cake was still pretty dang good though). They weren’t that good when you think of the price you’re paying. If this is typical dinner at Roy’s, I won’t be interested in returning.

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