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“Very tasty”
Review of Roys Restaurant - CLOSED

Roys Restaurant
Price range: $30 - $100
Cuisines: Asian, Seafood, Hawaiian, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: 8th St. & Figueroa St.
Transit: Red Line Metro a 7th & Figueroa / DASH Downtown A or F line
Description: The legendary culinary vision of Roy Yamaguchi can be enjoyed right here in Los Angeles. At Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine, our menu features the finest seafood with a focus on delicacies from the oceans around Hawaii. Each creation is a fusion of flavors found in our freshest local ingredients with European sauces and bold Asian spices and served with the spirit of Aloha, creating a dining experience that leaves you feeling like you’ve found paradise. The Downtown Los Angeles restaurant is located on the corner of 8th and Figueroa and features a spacious dining room with a sushi counter that gives you a front row seat to the excitement of the exhibition kitchen. In the kitchen, Chef Garrett Mukogawa brings his imagination and artistry to the plate every night. Chef Garrett learned his love of cooking from his Grandma Park, whose creativity in the kitchen influenced Garrett’s style of cooking. It is our pleasure to welcome you into our Ohana and we look forward to serving you.
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Great food with very interesting flavor combinations.

Service was fantastic, they were very attentive and their wine recommendations were spot on.

Thank Madjia
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

if you like a couple of tuna rolls at $12 each and an appetizer and a drink, plan on dropping at least a $50 bill per person at this place. The plates are fancied up with cheap lettuce for looks and maybe a slice of lemon or two, and if you have money to burn, it is tasty to burn it here.

Thank Jack s
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

We had been waiting for a long time to have an opportunity to use a gift card we were given for Roy's, and took the opportunity to meet an out of town relative there for a festive evening.

A positive note to start off -- it was wonderful to check the web site first, and make the reservations on line -- very efficient!

At first, our impression was that we were going to be delighted! The restaurant is very warm and pleasant, and the greetings from everyone gracious. Since we are all light eaters, we wanted to pick smaller items, rather than to get full dinners.

The initial choice was wonderful. We chose the "Boat" of appetizers, and they immediately offered to customize it for three, and remembered that our sister-in-law mentioned she didn't eat raw fish. Each of the five items were distinctive and very tasty, with nice sauces for some of them. We all ended with the ribs, which were meaty and good. We couldn't wait for the next "small course."

We chose the hot and sour Thai miso soup, and she chose a salad with asparagus. The soup was very disappointing. It was certainly difficult to tell any relationship to miso soup, which is normally so tasty, and it didn't taste like Thai soup either -- which we both love. It just tasted sour. However, the salad was evidently very good. We were glad our guest was still happy.

Normally, although she and I both love desert, we're never able to leave room for it. This time, we felt we could go ahead and indulge ourselves, and the choices looked very tempting on the menu. Both of us love bread pudding, and when it's on the menu, it's difficult to resist. Their bread pudding mentioned white chocolate, strawberries, and ice cream. I asked the server if it was the dry type, and mentioned disappointing bread pudding that was in cubes, like cake. He said he would call it "medium," between moist and dry, and we decided to take a chance. Big mistake! It was exactly as I had described the disappointing bread pudding to him! It came in small cubes, with no sauce of any kind. The strawberries were merely three strawberries, artfully arranged on the plate. We could not taste the chocolate. The cubes were not entirely dry, like cake, but certainly couldn't be called pudding, and moreover, whatever base bread or cake was used, seemed to have no salt in it. It was essentially tasteless. Luckily, the small scoop of very nice ice cream could be used to moisten and flavor it somewhat.

When the waiter came (a long delay there, which drops my service points down one), my husband volunteered to him that we were somewhat connoiseurs of bread pudding, and were disappointed. It's true that I come from a "food family" and actually have been a judge before. I hadn't intended to do a review right then and there -- but I did. We left the young man a nice tip to make up for our frank review of the bread pudding! My advice is to choose the menu items carefully. You'll love the ambience, and you may eat wonderfully, but maybe not!

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Thank SharonToji
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

This review is for the Roy's , Woodland Hills. We visit Roy's for their limited but tasty Happy hour, we dine in occasionally. We chose the latter on our visit Monday as the Spring Prix Fixe menu is back. An appetizer, entree and a dessert We chose Pork belly and the shrimp and papaya appetizer. The portions could have been more sizeable but this a multi course meal ,well priced. We sampled the Lemongrass chicken, prepared wonderfully. And although I felt obliged to order an exotic tropical fish dish , the fish choice was trout?
Service was a bit spotty considering this was a set course meal with "scheduled" courses. All in all a pleasant visit.

Thank james p
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

I had been waiting to go to Roy's since missing out on the one on Maui 10 years ago. Really disappointed in my mahi mahi that was dry and not very tasty.

Thank SEKIllinois
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