Roy's downtown LA
Im thinking of giving Roy's a try. Will it bring me back to the Islands or leave me shipwrecked?
it's not bad
i'd rec the sushi bento box for lunch
otherwise the butterfish is good, although i find it oversauced.
I'm not sure that is the best thread to rely upon because Roy's was quickly discounted by the original poster. I go to Roy's regularly before theater and opera, and strongly recommend it. For appetizers, the oysters, duck lumpia, ceviche sliders, ribs, and ahi poketini are usually very good. (I did have bad luck with the poketini recently, when it came rather oversalted, but that was the first time that ever happened.) For entrees, I generally stick to the butterfish, which is one of the best fish dishes I've ever had (though I can see why someone might feel it is oversauced) and the scallops, which are usually perfectly cooked. A friend swears by the duck. For desserts, I find the molten chocolate cake okay, but nothing special. The coconut haupia puffs (think profiteroles, but better) are amazing, though technically they are only on the lunch menu. The ice creams and sorbets are good, and we enjoyed the mochi the other day. You can get an excellent dessert bento box and sample a bunch of different items.
I am not a fan. I ate at Roy's La Jolla and it seems to be a place where a lot of people like to go to celebrate things. Maybe it's the torches they light out in front. I've done the prix fixe and i've done various dishes (macadamia crusted mahi, diver scallops, onion short ribs...) and everytime i go there, I remember why I don't like it.
None of my friends from Hawaii like it either.
But i guess it's personal taste. I don't like it. It seems like a lot of people do though.
I've been a few times, and found it to be hit or miss. However, regardless of whether or not you like Roy's, I think it's safe to say that it's a pretty good representation of "Hawaiian Fusion" cuisine. If you like that kind of food, it's worth a shot. I was born and raised in Hawaii and return frequently; every time I go to Roy's, the food reminds me of home--for better or for worse.