In February 2013, Roy's Hawaiian Fusion in La Jolla underwent a complete overhaul, from the name and branding, to the decor and menu, to the chef-partner. The location on Genessee Avenue is the same, but Roy Yamaguchi's Pacific Rim Cuisine is the new name. Former Executive Chef Perci Oani is now at The Shores Restaurant, since being supplanted by Chef Partner Charles Andres. New items are on the menu, and the interior has been casualized, but regulars need not fret, as Roy's still maintains its menu favorites, it's commitment to only the freshest ingredients, a lovely decor, and impeccable service.
On our last visit to Roy's, we were wowed by the fresh flavors and delightful dishes that have made Roy Yamaguchi's Hawaiian fusion brand grow from one restaurant in Honolulu opened in 1988, to 31 locations around the world, including 22 in the continental U.S., 6 in Hawaii, 1 in Japan and 1 in Guam. Roy's in La Jolla is the first of the family to be restructured and revamped to Roy's Pacific Rim Cuisine. Besides the name change, a list of new menu items have been added, including side dishes, and each Chef Partner has been granted more leeway to to prepare their own lineup of courses under personalized menu headings; here, "Chef Charles' Creations".
The first dish we received from Roy's beautiful showcase kitchen was an order of crispy Wagyu gyozas wth sesame citrus shoyu-style, soy dipping sauce. We could snack on these all day long - the perfect crispiness of the wonton shell, the rich Wagyu beef interior, and the layered seasoning of the shoyu all made for an addicting appetizer.
We loved the Misoyaki "Butterfish" ($33.95) on our last visit, and it was just as delicious this time around. The Alaskan black cod is seasoned and seared perfectly, and the sides of baby bok choy and Furikake rice complement the Asian flavors of the dish. Don't miss the fantastic curried carrot buried in the mix!
For more information on Roy Yamaguchi's Pacific Rim Cuisine, visit them online at roysrestaurant.com/locations/ca/la_jolla.asp.
ROY YAMAGUCHI'S PACIFIC RIM CUISINE
8670 Genesee Ave., La Jolla
Sunday & Monday: 5 – 9 PM
Tuesday-Thursday: 5 – 9:30 PM
Friday & Saturday: 5 – 10 PM
NEW! Friday Lunch 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Aloha Hour Every Night 4:30 - 6:30 PM