On the beach at Waikiki, you get what you PAY for -- and pay you do. The big hotels control the beach front and as you move inland from the water you are exposed to fast food operators and pseudo restaurants serving dried out mahi mahi that hasn't seen the sea for days. An oasis in this wasteland is Roy's Waikiki -- part of a chain -- but one of its best links. The staff was friendly and welcoming, and although it was a little noisy because it is on a popular street and we ate outside, the food and attentive service pushed that minor inconvenience into the background. The Kauai Prawns with oxtail mushroom ragu and potato gnocchi, served with baby arugula and bacon orange brown butter was wonderful. A strange sounding combination but perfectly prepared and absolutely delicious. So was the Chili Bubu Arare Crusted Tai Snapper. So fresh it melted in your mouth. A rare occurrence to get two home runs on the same evening. Each entree was plentiful and no more than $30. But as good as the food and wine was, the service was even better. Attentive, fresh and very helpful with a good sense of humor. Don't miss the Peanut Butter Crunch with Chocolate-Ginger Gelato. It capped off one of the best restaurant meals that we've had anywhere. And we have been around. The $110 price tag for two, including a bottle of crisp Palmino Pinot Grigio from California, made this an outstanding find in Waikiki.
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