Roy's Fall Prix Fixe Menu
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Roy's Restaurant recently invited local bloggers and media to their Fashion Island location to sample all the items on their new fall prix fixe menu. Like Hawaii itself, Roy's food is a mashup of different cultures, so there's an ease with which their chefs fuse elements from the sea and land, and join far-flung places across the Pacific Rim.
|Elaine's Kabocha Squash Salad|
It's the meatloaf you would have grown up with if Mom were a classically trained chef with a love for Chinese food and habit of buying expensive beef. Despite the highly marbled nature of Wagyu, the meat loaf is prepared in stages and defatted over several days, so there's no greasiness at all to the dish. The fork-tender slice of meatloaf is seared under a salamander and sauced with a shiitake mushroom reduction.
Another notable story is Elaine's Kabocha Squash Salad. Roy's held a Facebook contest where fans submitted fall ingredient ideas. Elaine suggested pepitas, or pumpkin seeds, and they show up lightly candied in this salad of microgreens, blue cheese crumbles and kabocha pumpkin slices poached in cinnamon. A cranberry vinaigrette dressing finishes the dish. There's your stroll through the pumpkin patch and cranberry bog.
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|Cilantro Grilled Tiger Shrimp|
On previous visits to Roy's, I thought the seafood dishes like the Miso Glazed Butterfish consistently outclassed the red meat dishes, but the short rib and Meat Loaf Shumai are two outstanding exceptions for those who'd rather eat beef.
The last course employing ginger? The twin-layered Pumpkin and Ginger Cheesecake. As you cut into the dessert, you'll see a white layer of cheesecake cleanly encasing a core of pumpkin colored cheesecake. How'd they do that? There's very few ways to display advanced techniques with cheesecake, but Pastry Chef Mark Verdugo pipes the core into the pan before pouring in the paler cheesecake batter around it, and finishes the dessert with a pumpkin anglaise sauce.
The Fall prix fixe menu is available through January 3. You know, when the mercury in Newport Beach plummets to a bone-chilling 55 degrees?
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Full disclosure: this comped media junket was arranged through Roy's Restaurant and its PR agency.