Chances are you may have heard of Roy’s Restaurant. You might even have one in near you if you live in the Continental U.S. or in Japan.
However, the original Roy’s, the granddaddy of them all, is located on the island of Oahu, in Hawaii Kai in East Honolulu.
Roy Yamaguchi founded the original Roy’s back in 1988. Born in Tokyo, Roy often visited his Grandparents in Maui, and had fond memories of the varied seafood available at the seaside piers. Yamaguchi graduated from the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in New York at age 19. After several years in Los Angeles (including running his own restaurant 385 North), Yamaguchi moved to Hawaii to open Roy’s.
Soon afterward, Roy’s cuisine was being hailed by numerous notable Food magazines, and he was also Hawaii’s first James Beard award winner. He is also credited as being one of the 12 founders of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement in Hawaii, which vaulted Hawaii Cuisine into international attention.
Roy’s now has 35 locations, including 7 in Hawaii, 2 in Japan, 1 in Guam, and 25 in the Mainland U.S.
The Hawaii Kai location is Yamaguchi’s “home base”, and is widely recognized as amongst the best of the Roy’s locations. If you’re ever in Honolulu, be sure to get out to the Roy’s Hawaii Kai location at 6600 Kalanianaole Highway.
If available, be sure to sample the Steamed Moi, a delicate white fish that is exclusively ocean grown and sourced from Hawaii, the Misoyaki Butterfish, or the charbroiled Short Ribs.
If you’re a foodie, search this restaurant out during your travels. The Hawaii Kai location also offers spectacular views of the sunset off the ocean, and is away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki.