Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Eat at Roy's

What’s better than eating top-grade sushi at a world-renowned fine dining establishment? Having the chance to win a free trip to Hawaii just for doing so.

This summer, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion restaurant introduces the L.A. Ohana Tour, a rewards program that enters diners into a drawing for an all-expense-paid trip to the Big Island after visiting at least three of the five Roy’s locations in the Southern California area, including Woodland Hills, Pasadena, Downtown L.A., Anaheim and Newport Beach. The promotion continues through the 31st of August, when one lucky winner will be announced. The prize is round-trip airfare and a five-night stay at a luxury villa for two, as well as a special dinner with founding chef Roy Yamaguchi.

The purpose of the tour is to encourage diners to partake of the unique chef creations at different Roy’s locations and revel in the aloha spirit with friends and family—hence the word Ohana, which means “family” in Hawaiian culture.

After the first restaurant visit, diners will receive an L.A. Ohana Tour card, which they can bring to a second Roy’s location to redeem a complimentary chocolate souffle (with the purchase of an entrée). A different card is then handed out, which can be turned in for a $20 gift card at the third Roy’s location, whereupon diners are entered into the sweepstakes.

Some of Roy’s most noteworthy creations include the Lakanilau, a roll of Wagyu beef, snow crab, tempura asparagus, avocado, sesame miso and truffled greens, for $16.50. This roll delights with the distinct pungence of truffle oil—an ingredient that also notably agrees with the Hawaiian Big Eye Ahi Tartar, a signature appetizer combining pine nuts, garlic chipotle aioli, and “honey dashi drizzle.” Then there is the ever-popular, eye-pleasing presentation of Sunrise at Haleakala, a crunchy deep-fried roll that encases tuna, yellowtail, salmon, avocado and asparagus in a “spicy butter sauce,” for $13.50.

Although the menus are ever-changing and often based on seasons (for instance, right now there is a “Summer Fusion Prix Fixe Menu”), in the past the Newport Beach location served up an amazing roll called “Da Crunch”—the shrimp tempura and snow crab in the roll were perfectly accented with toasted Macadamian nuts and Malaysian curry aioli. And who could forget the Yellowtail Sashimi served with slices of avocado, grapefruit, and a beautiful flower garnish?

Reminding you that this is a fusion restaurant, the L.A. location currently features the exotic Grilled Albacore Flatbread, which hints at Mediterranean flavors with its pickled red onions, smoked feta and Tzatziki sauce (defined as a yogurt and cucumber dip).

Just by eating at Roy’s, you’re already a winner.

Roy’s has more than 30 locations around the world—25 in the continental U.S., six in Hawaii, one in Japan and one in Guam. Selections on the menu may vary in each restaurant.

800 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles

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