It is awesome that we live so close to “restaurant row” on Sand Lake Road. We have tons of restaurants to choose from if we go out – Timpano, Samba Room, Season’s 52, Cedar’s, Roy’s, Bonefish, Amura, Chatham’s Place, TooJay’s, Morton’s, Moonfish, Ruth’s Chris and so many more…
When Roy’s first opened about 5 years ago we heard all about and we were excited to try it out. We weren’t sure if it was dressy – so we headed over at 5pm one day in workday clothes – I think Chris was in jeans and a polo and I was in black capris and Birks. I asked the hostess if we needed a reservation (no) and I also asked if it was dressy and if we were dressed okay. She looked us up and down for a few seconds and said “um…I don’t know” with a doubtful tone. We decided to leave and come back another time.
Fast forward about a month and we went back – dressed up. We noticed people were wearing jeans, tee shirts, shorts, etc. Clearly there was no dress code so we were already on a bad foot with Roys. When we go out we usually have way too much food so we decided to split an appetizer, a meal and a dessert. We got the scallops for an appetizer – and it came – one tiny little scallop. We laughed and cut it in half to share. It was about $15 or so, too! Then our main course was some kind of fish. It was very small and it didn’t have sides. I think our total bill was around $75 and we didn’t have alcohol. We got in the car and Chris said “I’m hungry – want to go to McDonald’s?” Funny, but not, considering we just had an expensive meal. We decided to never go back.
Then this month it seems everyone has been talking about Roy’s. I have been hearing from so many people about how it is their favorite or they went their for their birthday or the office holiday party. I wondered if it was worth another shot. After all, it has been about 5 years. So we went back on Friday night. Chris summed it up when we left “That isn’t the same restaurant!”
We sat at the food bar and watched the chefs prepare appetizers and salads. I ordered the prix-fixe meal and Chris ordered his a la carte. We had salads with beets, short ribs and butterfish. It was SO good! We had great service, too. The three servers helping us were a bit much since they all asked “how is your (enter course here)” and it kept interrupting our conversation. But the food was awesome and I will definitely put it at the top of my restaurant list now. I’m glad we gave it a second chance!
Here is the butterfish Chris got (minus a bite!):
And Sandra’s short ribs:
Chris got berry crisp for dessert:
Sandra got the chocolate molten cake: