It all started here in 1988, when Roy Yamaguchi infused Hawaiian cuisine and ingredients with international flavors and techniques. The Hawaii Kai flagship restaurant location also has a beautiful view of Maunalua Bay. The Roy’s spans the Hawaiian Islands with 5 locations plus 21 on the mainland.
Menu changes daily based on availability of local ingredients. Here’s are some items you might see on your visit:
Prix Fixe appetizer plate includes Blackened Ahi, Chicken Spring Roll with Maui pineapple sweet and sour chili sauce, Kiawe Wood Smoked Szechuan Spiced Baby Back Rib, and Mini Hawaii Kai Style Crispy Crab Cake with spicy sesame butter sauce. Beautifully seared ahi was bright reddish-pink and succulent. The chicken spring roll was crispy on the outside with perfectly cooked vegetables and chicken inside. The szechuan pork rib was tender with a sweet and spicy Asian barbeque sauce on the outside. The mini crab cake resembled a croquette and bursted with lots of crab flavor and meat. Rating: 5/5
Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi was served atop a Maine lobster essence and served with red potatoes and asparagus. The plating was just stunning with ying and yang color effect. The fish was succulent and the macadamia nut crust added a contrasting crispy texture. Rating: 5/5
Classic Trio includes Blackened Ahi, Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi, Jade Pesto Steamed Monchong. The ahi paired well with the peppercorn brandy lobster sauce. I loved the garnish of pickled ginger, cabbage, and ogo. The monchong paired perfectly with the pesto and contrasted well with the bok choy in sizzling shoyu. A furikake musubi was served as a side item but I was way too full to eat it. Rating: 5/5
Macadamia Nut Tart was topped with vanilla bean ice cream. The tart shell tasted like Hawaiian-style shortbread cookies. The macadamia nut filling resembled a Hawaiian version of pecan pie. The nuts on top were caramelized imparting a sweet roasted flavor. The ice cream was very creamy and paired well with the macadamia nuts. Rating: 5/5
I must say, I have been to many Roy’s locations on the mainland, but nothing compares to the caliber of flavors and presentation at Roy’s Hawaii Kai. If you’re a Roy’s fan, this is a must stop when in Honolulu.
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 5 out of 5 stars
For more information:
6600 Kalanianaole Hwy
Honolulu, HI 96825
Hours: Monday through Friday from 5:30pm, Saturday and Sunday from 5:00pm