Contemporary elegance with good food. That is how I would describe Roy’s.
Located in the renovated Waikiki Beachwalk, Roy’s Waikiki is one of THE places to go. The decor is contemporary but friendly.
Ron & I tried to get reservations on December 24 but they were sold out until 9:30 p.m. so we chose to go on December 26. We were able to make reservations at 5:30 p.m. but the restaurant got full quickly with several large parties.
We had the “Frying Dragon” sushi ($10.50) and the beef tataki ($10.50) for starters. The Flying Dragon is a fried maki sushi with unagi, avocado, miso butterfish, macadamia nuts with a spicy wasabi sauce. It was very good. The beef tataki is very rare beef slices topped with tomatoes, onions, and a type of ogo/vegetable with a ponzu sauce. When we ordered it we thought it was a type of sushi but it was not. It was tasty but very spicy.
I ordered the prix fixe menu ($39.50) which had an appetizer sampler (blackened ahi, 1 chicken spring roll, and 1 spare rib), honey mustard & garlic short rib, and the chocolate souffle. Ron ordered Roy’s Classic Tribute ($30.50) which consisted of blackened ahi, hibachi salmon, and misoyaki butterfish.
The spare rib was a bit tough but tasty. The short ribs were tender and a tad salty but they were a nice complement to the scalloped potatoes. Ron said his trio was delicious and ate every bit. The chocolate souffle is a winner and one my favorites. It is served with vanilla ice cream and is enough to share.
Dinner came out to $95.00 without any drinks and not including tips. We’ve eaten at the Roy’s in Hawaii Kai but prefer the Waikiki location. There are 34 locations so you don’t have to go to the one in Waikiki to sample Roy’s cuisine.