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Follow-up: Roy's in Chandler, AZ (Phoenix)

Hi all,

As the "wonderful husband" being referred to in this thread from yesterday...

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/525249

...I just wanted to chime in to say that my lovely wife ended up taking me to Roy's in Chandler. I've gone back and forth between being curious about this place and being skeptical... very skeptical. Usually "fusion" carries with it negative connotations, but yesterday must've been the former, because I was anxious to give it a shot! This one was closer than the one up at Desert Ridge (which we hear is the best of the three in town), so we gave it a try.

Easy to find off of Ray (wow, the TGI Friday's there burned down!), we were welcomed and seated immediately. We were brought their seasoned edamame (a little overcooked and dry, but I scarfed 'em down anyway :)) and water (they offer either regular or bottled). We waited a little longer than we would've liked for our server to arrive, but once he did, he was on point throughout the evening. Very friendly, and he steered us right every step of the way.

We ended up getting the calamari appetizer. The chili dipping sauce was a touch on the strong side, but it complemented the calamari nicely, and although some of the pieces were a touch chewy, there was no trace of any "squidiness" (if that's a word) in terms of smell or taste. We cleaned that plate right up.

My wife chose the "quad" Trio, which IIRC consisted of a crusted mahi mahi, glazed butterfish, seared ahi, and marinated salmon. All four were delicious, although we both agreed that the butterfish was the winner. WOW. Absolutely terrific and distinctive flavor... very sweet, buttery, and with no fishiness whatsoever. One of my favorite restaurants in Orange County, CA (Kappo Honda) makes some of the best butterfish I've ever had, and this pretty much trounced it... with authority. :) I think we both could've eaten about a pound of just that. It was *that* good. The ahi was also perfect. No stringiness, smell, or anything. It had a mustardy sauce that at first was like a punch in the face, but mellowed out quickly and let you enjoy the taste and texture of the ahi. Definitely good, good stuff. The mahi mahi and salmon were also a cut above anything else we've had in town over the past year+, but they were a distant third and fourth compared to the butterfish and ahi (my wife ranked the mahi mahi fourth :)).

I had the lump crab rock cod w/ baby bok choi, which came with a cream dynamite sauce w/ mushrooms, onions, and some type of roe. :) Usually crab is pretty weak on dishes like this (such as when it comes on a steak), but even with the rich sauce, the crab tasted delicious. Sweet, perfect texture, and very little water. Rock cod is pretty safe, but a lot of places play it too safe and you end up with a bland piece of fish. They prepared it perfectly here. Again, nothing but great flavor and texture, which mated beautifully with the very tasty sauce and crab. Nice pairing. My plate was empty... noticing a trend here?

Although white wine would've probably paired better, I had some Estancia Pinot Noir (2005), and was extremely happy with it. I'm usually let down by wine no matter where we go, but this was smooth, sweet, and delicious. I'll have to track this down at a local wine shop. I did have a *touch* too much, though, and I'm still feeling its effects right now!

We finished out with their chocolate lava souffle, and that was very good, too. Served a la mode and with a light wild berry sauce, it came out fresh-baked, and with the "lava" oozing out all over once we cracked the outer crust. Once again, plate was clean!

Anyway, we got out of there smack-dab in the middle of our budget (~$130 all in). This is how fish should be done, and although it won't be a weekly excursion due to the cost, we do plan on going back!

Jun 04, 2008
ghibli99 in Southwest

Phoenix: Birthday dinner for fiance (getting married in 1.5 weeks!)

That sounds really good, too! It's only 11:30, but I can't wait for dinner! Thanks again for the recs so far!

Apr 07, 2008
ghibli99 in Phoenix

Phoenix: Birthday dinner for fiance (getting married in 1.5 weeks!)

Good idea! We've actually eaten here... it was sometime over the summer, and they really made us feel like we were being treated special. It looks like they're open, so I might give them a call after work.

I'm still open to some other ideas, too. Thanks in advance!

Apr 07, 2008
ghibli99 in Phoenix

Phoenix: Birthday dinner for fiance (getting married in 1.5 weeks!)

Hi all,

Today's my fiance's birthday, and I'd like to take her out to a nice dinner. At the same time, we've been scrambling to get everything in order for our wedding in 1.5 weeks, so we have a *lot* to do separate of celebrating her birthday! But I'm not about to put it off and risk any consequences later. ;)

Anyway, we've been eating out a *lot* lately, and I'm really tapped out for ideas. She loves good Mexican and Italian, but the two places I was going to try tonight (Barrio Cafe and Pizzeria Bianco) are both closed on Mondays. She also loves sushi, but one of the only places we like in Phoenix (Tomo out in Goodyear), we just went to a few nights ago (I love that they have Orion beer there).

So, here I am, coming to my trusted foodies here at Chowhound, asking for recommendations. We're in the central Phoenix area, so anything within a 5-10 mile radius would be good. We're also not looking to spend hours at dinner, since we have so much wedding stuff to do after we get home!

Budget? Less than a $100 all-in. This wedding has all but blown our "fun" budget for the month. :) Thank you!

-Mike

Apr 07, 2008
ghibli99 in Phoenix

C&O in MDR?

I like this place. It's insanely loud at night, however, if you get stuck sitting in their covered area. Never had the salads there, but I really like their shrimp ravioli in lobster sauce, and my fiance really likes their chicken marsala. Dip those garlic rolls in the lobster sauce mentioned above, though, and you'll likely come back for more. :) It's a good place to go for a late afternoon lunch, a walk up and down the pier, and a drive up the coast through Malibu. Parking can be tough unless you don't mind walking or paying.

Mar 09, 2008
ghibli99 in Los Angeles Area

Phoenix: Good bagel shops?

Thanks, everyone! One of my coworkers just mentioned Chompies yesterday, since he buys them at the local market and thinks they're great. I haven't sampled any of those other places, but I think I might try out Karsh's first, since they're close. I may also opt to check out Chompies since they're pretty close, off of Greenway and the 51. I sure hate the rush hour traffic around here, though, and I'm from LA! :)

Jan 18, 2007
ghibli99 in Phoenix

Phoenix: Good bagel shops?

Hi all,

Did a quick search, and didn't come up with much... first of all, thanks for everyone's recommendations on the donut places. I'll definitely give them all a shot! I was thinking of doing bagels and cream cheese spreads this Friday, and wanted to ping you all to see if you have any good recommendations. I'll probably buy juice and milk again, too.

Personally, I'm not that knowledgable about bagels, but I know when I've struck gold... just an ever-so-slight crunch on the outside, opening up to a wonderfully soft and doughy inside, full of flavor and great texture.

Size of the bagel doesn't matter too much, and I'd rather the bagels not be split until I buy or serve them. The inside tends to get that dry crust if cut too soon before consuming.

Anyway, I'm off of 24th St and Highland, so anything within a few miles would be great. Thanks in advance!

-Mike

Jan 17, 2007
ghibli99 in Phoenix

Doughnut (recommendation) emergency in Phoenix, AZ!

Thanks -- I'll try Rainbow and LaMar's next time. I tried Basha's this morning, and while they were a hit with the crew here, personally, I thought they were a bit bland and on the dry side. Who knows, maybe it was the batch? Anyway, thanks again for your help! If anything, it's giving me a chance to sample a little of everything here in Phoenix.

Jan 12, 2007
ghibli99 in Phoenix

Doughnut (recommendation) emergency in Phoenix, AZ!

Thank you so much for all of your replies! I think for this week, I'll give Basha's a try, and will definitely sample the other locations listed as well, since I'm sure the Friday Doughnut Day will become the norm around here after a while... maybe I'll charge this task to the "newbie of the week". :) Anyway, thanks, and if anyone else has another recommendation, please post it up! I love this place. :)

Jan 11, 2007
ghibli99 in Phoenix

Doughnut (recommendation) emergency in Phoenix, AZ!

Hi all,

I'm new to the area, and working in an "office space" environment, I've been charged with bringing doughnuts to work on Friday. In a pinch, I guess I could check to see if there's a Krispy Kreme around here, but I'd actually rather buy from a good mom'n pop store that makes 'em big, tasty, and colorful. There's only about 10 people in the office, so I don't need a metric ton of doughy goodness, but I'm definitely looking for a quality pastry. :)

I work near the cross-streets of Highland and 24th St, so anything within a few miles would be great, and if they open by 7AM, even better! Thanks in advance for your recommendations!

-Mike

Jan 11, 2007
ghibli99 in Phoenix

Thanks to SW Chowhounds

Thanks for the great post! I'm moving out to Phoenix on the 9th of this month (less than a week!), and I've started to make a list of all the local eateries that have come highly recommended here on this board and others. I'll definitely have to try some of the places you gave high marks to, and look forward to what else Phoenix and its surrounding cities/states have to offer (I'm a SoCal/LA native).

Dec 06, 2006
ghibli99 in Southwest