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Roy Yamaguchi, a Tokyo native, first tasted Hawaiian fare as a kid when he traveled with his grandparents to Maui. These early memories inform his menus with exotic flavors and spices confected with the freshest of local ingredients. Roy Yamaguchi's commitment to fine food with his seafood-intensive menu saw the debut of Roy's Restaurant in Honolulu in 1988 and word got around that this was THE place for excellent food and service. A nice way to start your meal is to select from the many tantalizing Ohana Appetizers. The tempura crusted spicy ahi sushi roll has just enough bite to whet your appetite. Roy's Canoe appetizer for two includes shrimp sticks, Szechuan baby ribs, lemongrass steak summer roll, crispy blue crab cake and lobster pot stickers – a choice sampling of the eatery's extensive menu. For entrees, The charred Japanese misoyaki butterfish is as succulent as its name. The original blackened island ahi, bathed in spicy hot soy mustard butter is another favorite. For dessert, Roy's Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé, a flourless chocolate cake with a molten hot center, is the right way to round things out.
The Past Memories is a restaurant and bar that serves excellent Korean dishes and soju. The menu is filled with creatively prepared Korean street food, with such dishes as chicken wings, seafood pancakes and kimchi ramen noodles. There is also a wide variety of flavored soju available, with the drinks beings served with onion and shrimp chips.
Phans55 Vietnamese Bistro in Fullerton is the sister restaurant of the Irvine branch, serving contemporary Vietnamese cuisine using only natural produce. All the dishes are grilled, steamed or high heated wok plates making it healthy and at the same time delicious. The diverse menu features an array of natural meats and poultry, wild seafood caught daily and fresh greens. Some of the menu highlights are the ahi tuna, sea bass clay pot and Shaken beef filet. The trendy restaurant has garnered quite a fan following amongst the locals. The restaurant also has outdoor patio dining, a full service bar with a good selection of wine and cocktails, live music on Saturdays where the local Fullerton band plays jazz on the sax and piano. Phans55 is on the pricey side, but if you want delectable, wholesome, well balanced and healthy Vietnamese food, then it is worth the visit and price.