Last night my wife and I were looking for a restaurant for a bit of a celebration and we were quite far from our own part of town, when we came across Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant in Chandler, AZ. We love Hawaiian food and the name intrigued us. We had never heard of Roy's, but it sounded promising and we decided to give it a try. We later found out Roy's has at least 29 restaurants in 8 states, including AZ, CA, FL, HA, IL, MD, NV, & TX!
At that point however, we were just interested in the one we were at. On the outside, it was very nice looking building with classy & elegant tiki torches all around. As we entered, it was instantly apparent we were in a rather high class restaurant. The hosts and waiters wore dress shirts and ties, the room was dimly lit with fine linens on each table, and there was a huge, beautiful tropical fish tank near the entrance. Our first impression was - "Wow!".
We got somewhat concerned when the host asked if we had a reservation and we said "No, we've never been here and just found you by accident." The hosts quickly responded, "No worries!" They entered our name and number in our party into the computer, picked up two very large, impressive menus, and said, "[Our last name], party of two? Right this way please!" - as though we had a reservation all along and they were expecting us. Very classy way to put us at ease, not having a reservation!
There was a very large, impressive wine and spirits menu. But what really impressed us was the sea food, which we love! For our appetizer, we ordered Salt and Pepper Calamari - Macadamia Nuts, Minced Serrano Peppers, Chili Dipping Sauce! It was outstanding - some of the best Calamari we've ever had. For our entree, we ordered Roy's Trio - Hibachi Salmon, Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi & Misoyaki Butterfish, with Baby Bok Choy & Steamed Rice. It was amazing! It was succulent, well-cooked, with just the right combination of spices. It was exquisite!
Keep in mind, this is a more affluent restaurant, but for this type of upscale dining experience with great atmosphere, outstanding service, and excellent food, the prices are most reasonable (~ $85-$100 per couple for appetizer, non-alcoholic drinks, & 2 entrees, not including alcohol or tip). If you often dine in this type of upscale restaurant, the price is fairly typical and reasonable for this category of food & service. Even if you don't typically spend this much for a dinner for two, trust me when I say it is WELL WORTH IT for a special birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion! As I said in the beginning, this was a bit of a special occasion for us, so we didn't mind the price for what was a truly unforgettable meal and evening.
Bottom line, Roy's is one of our new favorite restaurants for a very nice, memorable evening out or to celebrate a special occasion! Give them try and I'm confident you will have a truly wonderful dining experience and Roy's will become one of your favorite restaurants as well!