August 30, 2011

Roy's Hawaiian Fusion

Plans changed and we snuck in a restaurant week meal last night. We went to Roy's in Summerlin. We've had a GC since christmas and figured this was a good time to use it. We've never been to Roy's since we tend to stray from chains, but I have heard good things so it seemed promising.

$50.11 Restaurant Week menu offered us the following:

First Course
Panko Crisped Calamari with Macadamia Nuts, Orange Chili Glaze & Yuzu Aioli and Wood Grilled Szechuan Spiced Pork Ribs.

Second Course
Shellfish Sampler; Butter Poached Half Lobster Tail, Seared Crab Cake, U10 Sea Scallop & Shrimp with Macadamia Nut Pesto Risotto and Roy’s Roasted Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi with Maine Lobster Essence.

Third Course
Mascarpone Cheesecake with Coconut Crust, Lemon Crème Anglaise & Blueberry Syrup and Roy’s Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé with Raspberry Sauce & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

We both felt "meh" about the whole experience. Service was discombobulated, I made a reservation but they couldn't find it. They were slow to attend to us at first. We were also seriously distracted by the family behind us, they thought it was a good idea to keep their kiddo occupied by watching cartoons on an iPad. Fine if you have earphones, but not acceptable otherwise especially when average checks are $50 per person.

As for the meal, we enjoyed the edamame to start. It's such a great alternative to bread. Our appetizers were ok. The calamari was very tender, but there was a hint of seasoning I didn't care for it was sweet and bitter. Frank didn't mind it as much. The ribs had a nice char and good flavor, but they were tough and had too much gristle. Frank's shellfish sampler was terrible. All of it was overcooked, and the flavor was poor. Majority has hardly edible, and the risotto was no better. I definitely chose the better entree. It was overcooked, but otherwise I thought it was decently executed. Desserts didn't impress either. The souffle was chalky. The highlight was the ice cream. My cheesecake was passable, but I really only enjoyed the blueberry syrup.

Not the best way to kick off restaurant week, but on the other hand it set the bar pretty low. I feel like it can only get better. Well, I certainly hope it can only get better.

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