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Hey Chowhounders,

I have put together a dinner party at Roy's (Newport Beach) and just wanted to know if anyone has any recommended dishes. The majority of the group has not yet been there so I wanted to have some recommendations ready if anyone asked. I have been there once and had the Blackened Ahi and the choco souffle. And yes I will be getting the souffle :-)

Any other recommendations? Thanks and Happy Holidays!

Oh also anyone have any memorable wines there?

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  1. They have an out standing Hawaiian style Misoyaki Butterfish and their prix fixe for $35 per person is a very good value.

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    1. re: Servorg

      Yes! By all means the misoyaki butterfish! If they have a short rib dish they are always good too, I like the ribs for appetizer.

      1. re: Servorg

        I went to Roy's not too long ago and the steak had a funny flavor? Not what you go to Roys for but it was the surf and turf combo. You have to try the Lava Cake, a great finish to a meal.

      2. Boy! You Chowhounds are fast! It must be a testament on how good that Misoyaki Butterfish really is! I am trying that one!

        I do want to try the prix fixe menu but I think our party is too large to qualify to take advantage. I believe I read something on their menu saying it is not available to "large" groups. We definitely have a large group.

        Thanks for the quick replies so far!

        1. I found the butterfish overly sauced, but the fish itself was pretty damn good.

          Their appetizers I think are fantastic.

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          1. re: ns1

            isn't misoyaki butter fish supposed to be oversauced? thats how i have always seen it at japanese restaurants.

          2. The menu differs at each Roy's; there's a list of classic Roy's dishes found at all restaurants, plus creations by each branch's chef. My comments are about the one in downtown L.A.

            I'm a big fan of the $35 prix fixe deal; you can't go wrong with any of the selections on it.

            I'm also a fan of the butterfish. There's also a kalua-style Kurobuta pork shank, sort of a grown-up version of the Hawaiian plate lunch staple.

            The blackened ahi & scallops are also worthwhile.

            1. Short ribs and the seared beef sushi-type roll. I had the butterfish once and was not impressed. It was a tiny cut and overcooked

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              1. re: Ernie

                the short ribs are unreal.

                1. re: EastCoastWineMan

                  I always thought that Roy's specialty was fish, so I'm surprised that his short ribs are one of their can't miss dishes.

                  Are those short ribs the same ones as the "24 hour beef short ribs" on their Newport Beach menu?

                  And, I see that there's a winter seasonal prix fixe menu that offers selections of dishes from the menu. Does that mean in the spring, there will be different dishes on the regular menu as well?

              2. I've dined at a few Roy's across the country and they are all similar in my past experiences. All the recommendations are solid. My favorites are the the same as others. The Hoisin Ribs, The Short Ribs, The Ahi and The Butterfish. For an entree, You can get a trio of salmon, ahi and butterfish. For appetizers, you can get a large sampling for tasting. The only appetizer I feel is less than stellar is the Lobster Potstickers, but I always find seafood dumplings or raviolis short on delivery, with the exception of Classic Dim Sum.

                1. Thanks so far to all who have responded. I will recommend getting the ribs to the group!

                  1. I don't eat any type of fish or seafood but the boyfriend has been wanting to try Roy's for a while. Should I tell him to go with friends (which is perfectly fine with both of us)? Or is there enough on the menu for me?

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                    1. re: jes

                      There's Short Ribs, Steak, Pork Tenderloin and Roast Chicken on the menu......From the Starter Courses you can get the Hoisin Ribs, Satay Skewers or any other of the appetizer offerings as well for an entree for dinner. The desserts are pretty good too......I'm sure you could find something to enjoy.

                    2. Hubby likes the trio of Fish. I like the Shrimp and Scallop Duo. For apps, we've enjoyed the sashimi, the lobster pot pie, and various sushi rolls (the kobe beef one is wonderful!).

                      1. Good seafood restaurants in Phoenix are few and far between...we live very near a Roy's and stop in every few months. We ALWAYS order the above mentioned butterfish when we're there. It really is a good dish. We were there last week and along with the butterfish we ordered steamed barramundi. It was also delicious, probably the best thing we've had there aside from the butterfish.

                        DON'T order teh lump crab crusted whatever(the fish they use changes on this) I had this earler this year and the preparation was terrible. Definitely ruined what was underneath a nice piece of fish. I think it was halibut when I ordered it(i only ate a couple bites it was so bad so I don't really remember what it was beyond the terrible goopy, anything but crusted crab glop on top)

                        For apps we usually get some sashimi and are never displeased. Husband once ordered the kobe beef roll...we weren't impressed...

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                        1. re: ziggylu

                          I went because it was highly recommended. the ribs were great but the chocolate lava cake was overrated.

                          The $35 deal is definitely a good deal though.

                        2. I have had several very nice evenings at Roy's, primarily the one in Bonita Springs south of Ft. Myers, Fla. My mom adores the butterfish, but it is not an option on the price-fixed menu and while rich and delicious, it is a smaller piece of fish. (Note that it is also available at a much less expensive price at Bonefish Grill, under the same corporate ownership.) The shortribs are rich, tender, and have a touch of spice to them -- very satisfying. I'm not usually a chocoholic or a dessert fiend, but the molten chocolate lava cake is excellent, served with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream for a nice contrast in heat and richness. But I'm posting to let you in on a little-noticed item -- their meatloaf. Really good, served with mashed potatoes, green beans, and a lick-the-plate-clean mushroom gravy. Best, it is available as an entree or as a hearty appetizer portion with all of the accompaniments for a very reasonable price.

                          1. Thanks to all the 'hounds that made some comments. We had a wonderful dinner. They were pretty quick although our table wasn't ready for our reservation time. After we got seated everything else went smoothly.

                            I back the suggestion for the Misoyaki Butterfish. The fish did in fact melt in your mouth. It was great. The fish is on the lightweight side. So if you want to feel stuffed that wouldn't be the dish for you. Maybe try the Ahi or Salmon.

                            We did have some ribs as part of a sampler. Not sure what kind of ribs they were but they were delicious. Thanks for all the suggestions!

                            Best wishes for the New Year!