Roy’s – Baltimore

If you consider yourself a “food snob” you probably won’t set foot in a chain restaurant. Why? Because of things like overly extensive menus producing underwhelming food, preferring to support local businesses, always wanting to try the newest restaurant, among other valid reasons.

Recently, I was invited for dinner at Roy’s. I hadn’t been to Roy’s in years, so needless to say, I was excited!

Beginning in 1988, Roy’s opened its first location in Honolulu — this place is older than me! Roy’s is known for blending classic techniques with adventurous Pacific Rim flavors, creating a fusion cuisine unlike any other in Baltimore.

When Ryan (the Managing Partner of Roy’s) invited me in, I knew this was going to be a big meal so I brought my roommate along to help conquer the menu! Even the two of us couldn’t finish everything  — we took a very large doggie bag home that night.

We were greeted by the hostess upon arrival, who graciously took us to our seats. Shortly after, Ryan came over to speak with us and give some recommendations.

To start, we ordered the Paradise Found and the Roy’s Island Mai Tai. Both drinks were very large and delicious! If you’re looking for something sweet, these are your go-to’s.

Roy's Island Mai Tai
Roy’s Island Mai Tai

Once we had our drinks, we were ready to dissect the menu. If and when you find yourself at Roy’s be sure to order a roll of sushi — specifically the Lakanilau Roll. It’s made of Wagyu Beef, Snow Crab, Tempura Asparagus, Avocado and topped with Sesame Miso and Truffled Greens. YUM!

Auntie Lei’s Aloha Roll
Auntie Lei’s Aloha Roll: Spicy Tuna – Cucumber – Yellowtail – Salmon – Avocado
Lakanilau Roll
Lakanilau Roll: Wagyu Beef – Snow Crab – Tempura Asparagus – Avocado Topped With Sesame Miso – Truffled Greens

In addition to learning that Wagyu Beef is freaking amazing in sushi, I also learned a pretty nifty chopstick trick. My roommate ties a hair tie around the top of her chopsticks — can you say genius?!

Do you have any fun chopsticks tricks? Tell me in the comments section!

We were told that the Ahi Poke was another must-have. So we ordered that too, of course.

Ahi Poke
Chef’s Local Poke – Ahi Poke

Next we were ready to order entrees. We took a while picking them out..so naturally..more drinks!

Mango Mojito and Lavender Sake Sling
Mango Mojito and Lavender Sake Sling

Finally, I decided on the Shellfish Sampler and the roomie ordered the Roasted Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi. Both of which are served sea to table, meaning they are either sourced locally or from wherever the best seafood can be found. Even if that means overnighting it from the dock in either San Diego, Louisiana, New York, or North Carolina.

Their Ahi Tuna, Mahi, Hamachi, and Butterfish are all fresh and never frozen. That’s a big deal in the restaurant game.

Seafood Platter w/ Lobster Tail, Scallops, and Jumbo Shrimp
Seafood Platter w/ Lobster Tail, Scallops, and Jumbo Shrimp
Roasted Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi
Roasted Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi With Lobster Cream Sauce

But wait, there’s more!

We really stuffed our faces that night. Along with our entrees, we ordered the Truffled Bacon Mac & Cheese because anyone who knows me, knows how much I love truffled ANYTHING.

And then there was dessert….

Our waitress brought us a plate with Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Cheesecake, and The Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé. Out of the three, we only tried to tackle one that evening. The Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé. It was by far my favorite thing I put in my mouth that night. We ate it all with no regrets.

Roy's Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Roy's Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé
Roy’s Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé

Want to make this soufflé yourself? Check this out.

My roommate and I were in quite the food coma after this meal, so much so we ended up walking all the way home — roughly 3 miles!

The Verdict

I dig Hawaiian Fusion and after visiting Roy’s, I can without a doubt say it doesn’t follow in the footsteps a typical chain restaurant. Everything was top-notch quality and bursting with flavor. I’ll definitely be back.

The menu has a higher price point and is probably more suitable for special occasion dinners. Entrees range from $28 – $55. However, their lunch options present a more affordable price point, ranging from $7 – $35.

Check out more of my favorite Baltimore restaurants here.

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Author: JZ Eats

Eating is my hobby, cooking is my passion. Sharing easy to follow recipes from my kitchen.

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