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Friday, April 3, 2009

as close to hawaii as we could get

so, since the hub totally jacked up my restaurant choice for his birthday dinner - ha! - we did, indeed, go to roy's. we love anything that reminds us of hawaii, and so i knew that it would be a hit.

note: these are all quickie pics snapped with the iPhone, so they're crappy as hell, but better than nothing, yes?

we were seated quickly, and i was amused at the birthday decor at our table.

and when the hub opened his menu, he found this:

he'd also been greeted with a "happy birthday, mr. wan!" by both the hostess and our server. he looked pleased when they both assured him that they wouldn't sing. heh. my husband is the opposite of me when it comes to his birthday - he wants no attention and no acknowledgment. no birthday tiara for him!

our edamame was yummy and spicy. as much as i love bread with dinner, these were a nice change.

i'd decided to go with their prix fixe menu - it was a great deal, and i always love a bargain. i didn't actually start taking pictures of our food until after we'd received our entrees, but trust me - everything was super delicious. i chose their pulehu style "kalbi" sirloin, served with kimchee and edamame fried rice, while the hub opted for their lakanilau roll: crab, asparagus, and avocado wrapped in rice and then topped with slices of seared kobe beef. we ate monkey-style, trading places halfway through, and mowed through those appetizers like they were going out of style.

my entree was the "hawaii kai" style beef short ribs, served with potatoes and veggies.

the hub went with the blackened ahi, served with a spicy soy mustard butter sauce. he liked it, but found that the mustard was a bit overpowering and ended up eating it on his appetizer plate. oh, well.

i'd heard from several trusted sources that while roy's served great food, the service tended to be a bit spotty. and maybe it was, but we weren't in any big hurry and enjoyed the time alone. i gave him the card i'd made (sorry, you don't get to see that) and a copy of "quantum of solace" on dvd. of course, he knows me too well and had already figured out what i was giving him when he noticed that our rental movies, sitting on the counter at home, were gone. i'm really bad at surprises. but he had to admit that he had no idea where we were going until i pulled up at the restaurant. yay for me!

along with his complimentary birthday boy dessert, i chose their signature melting hot chocolate souffle a la mode (divine) and he decided to have the pineapple upside down cake. the special dessert (some kind of panna cotta thing that he dubbed "shitty ass flan") came with a birthday message written in hawaiian:

good lawd a'mighty, my pictures suck ass. but at least it all tasted better than it looks! and our server whipped out a camera to take a souvenir picture for us:

we left stuffed and happy. and it was over so quickly - by the time we pulled up at the thimble, we'd only been gone for two hours. and amazingly, the bean was fast asleep when we walked inside, and MIL was happily relaxing with a book and some HGTV. they'd had a great time playing together, having dinner, and then she settled down easily, with no crying or fussing. she used to cry for a good 15 minutes before falling asleep if i wasn't around.

ah, this makes planning date nights much easier for the future!


  1. Hau'oli la hanau is happy birthday in Hawaiian. Glad you had a great dinner!

  2. I'm glad the food was good! Looks pretty nice for a chain, no? Yay!

  3. You guys look so cute together. Happy birthday, Mr. Wan!

  4. Yay, you guys went to Roy's! I was hoping you would.

    They promised they wouldn't sing on my Bday too, but they busted out the ukelele and started singing Happy Bday Hawaiian style. It was awesome, but I was super embarrassed :/

  5. I like that they took a souvenir photo of you two :)

  6. What a sweet birthday! I bet he enjoyed spending it with his favorite girl!

  7. I'm glad the birthday dinner was a success!

  8. happy birthday wishes for the hubs...ohh roy's, a great apps and dessert place! our friend is an executive chef at the roy's in SD, so when we were down there one time, we got hooked up.

  9. yayyayayayayaya for a happy happy birthday for mr. wan.

  10. hmm.. my "closest to Hawaii" moment was taking the Dole Pineapple sorbet @ Nubi Froyo...

    I don't even know anyone who eats at Roy's in Hawaii anymore. They have cooler dudes now... like. Alan Wong?

  11. I love Roy's. We have the same celebratory photo from a birthday. Hehe.

  12. Happy Birthday to The Hubs! I'm glad the food was tasty and the service was good. I was keeping my fingers crossed that you'd have a good time and it sounds like it was a great night. :)

  13. Happy birthday to Mr. Wan!!! Sounds like it turned out to be a lovely evening. So happy for you that Bean was good too. :)


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