The first time I ever ate at Roys was on my birthday in March 2006. Marty took me there for dinner and it was absolutely wonderful. Being from the south, and had never been to Roys, I remember thinking… Roys… is it western decor? You know Roy Rogers? Marty laughed and say no, it’s Hawaiian.
I am not typically much of a desert person, but since it was my birthday, the waiter suggested their Signature Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé……… My husband loves desserts and he said it was really good. If I didn’t like it, not to worry, he would eat it.
So they brought me this Soufflé…. it was still warm from the oven and when I cut into it all the chocolate started slowly trickling and oozing out…. OMG I thought I had to have the whole thing myself and this is from a person who maybe takes a tiny taste and I was just loving this cake! It was so moist and wonderful, not too sweet and not so rich that it made you feel sick after eating it…. I said this is my favorite new restaurant!
HA! Like I’m going to eat Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé every day!
Well it has become the choice place to go if it’s something special that I want dessert…cause I’ve not found anything like it anywhere else and actually, we’ve tested a few other places and not even close!
Now the other thing that made that 2006 first impression so special, was Dad Greene had just passed away at 87 years old in Jan 2006 and Mom Greene had moved back to PA to live with her oldest daughter. The serving plates all had Roy on them and I wanted one to send to Mom Greene because Dad Greene’s name was Roy and she missed him terribly and I thought this would cheer her up a little. We actually called her while we were eating to tell her where we were eating at a place called Roys. She giggles a lot and she thought that it was great for my birthday dinner we were dining at Roys.
Well the chef came out with the plate and a tshirt for me! I was so tempted to keep it because it was so special but I wrapped the plate all nice and sent it off to PA and Mom Greene said she would eat all her dinners on that Roy plate and then she would be eating with her Roy!
Well here it is 2011 and for our wedding anniversary we went to Roys at the Waterfront and of course among all the other delicious samples I had, I ended my meal with my Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé. It was as good as ever! Our service was wonderful with Kyle and he made me up this great cucumber & cilantro’s margarita…. it went down soooooooo easy!
On Marty’s last trip to the East Coast he went up to visit Mom Greene in PA who is sadly fraught with Alzheimer’s now for a few years. But M.E., Marty’s sister, sent the Roy plate and all the pretty things I had packed with it back home to me. I was so thrilled! I never thought about ever getting it back and so now I have the special first dinner plate I ever ate on at Roys and it’s even more special cause I got to share it with Mom Greene for 5-6 years. How cool is that?
We are heading to Hawaii shortly and Marty said he would take me to the Original Roys there. I can’t wait! I’ll let you know how that adventure goes! And yep, I WILL have the Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé without a doubt!
Be sure to glance at the slide show at opening of this particular blog to see the Hibachi Grilled Salmon, Roy’s Blackened Island Ahi & Hawaiian Style Misoyaki Butterfish, burger and yummy things we had.
Cass…………I love this and needed Kleenex while reading.
M.E. I know it did for me too when I was writing it…. I don’t think I had thanked you for sending that surprise package with Marty back to me…but when he brought it home, I just had chills that it had full circled… so I had to journal about it and ponder the goodness of it all! Thank you!