Roy's Hawaiian Fusion
We expected to fight over my huge plate of salmon, Hibachi grilled and cloaked in a topping of creamy Crab "dynamite," but a spicy Asian pepper and lemongrass sirloin in cognac peppercorn sauce competed valiantly. The pair made for a good surf and turf combo. There are also two other main choices, an Island-style braised pork pot roast (which is the most popular and was sold out before we arrived) and barbecued Hawaiian Kai beef short ribs.
Strawberry cobbler wore an apron of white chocolate polka dots, and while I'm a sugar fiend that rarely utters this phrase, it was just too sweet. A molten, flourless chocolate cake quickly redressed that balance, and I found myself wishing the portion sizes on the two were reversed.
Priced at $35 for three courses, it's a good value--particularly so when compared to the restaurant's own menu, which has several main courses that are priced over $30. And while winter falls before the end of the month, this deal extends through December 31. Roy's is located at 575 Mission (at 2nd St.). --Tamara Palmer