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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.