My love for fine food coupled with my desire to save money naturally comes with an appreciation for pre fix menus at fancy restaurants. I’m not just a foodie, I love all food. I just so happen to have a penchant for expensive food. So you can imagine how delighted I am when I find a good pre fix menu at a high end restaurant.
The Taste of Korea menu at Roy’s is exactly the type of menu that has me wanting to shout from the rooftops. Almost everything on the menu is perfectly executed. At $49 per person, this three course meal is worth every penny.
I’ve never met a food I didn’t like. However, I do have my favorites, and Korean food happens to be on the top of my list. When we lived in St. Pete, we were about 25 minutes from an authentic Korean restaurant. The type that rarely had American customers. Every time Tom and I walked in, we got strange looks. One meal there and I was hooked.
I’m always willing to pay good money for food that I don’t know how to cook. It’s probably no surprise to find that I’m not particularly skilled at cooking Korean recipes. I’m so deep in the trenches of parenting right now that it takes a supreme amount of effort just to cook spaghetti. I’m not learning the art of Korean cooking right now.
Instead, I’ll make sure to head back to Roy’s before the Taste of Korea menu is gone. It’s only available for a limited time so make your reservation soon!
The Taste of Korea Menu at Roy’s Restaurant
Tom and I ordered the entire menu! Since we love all food, we decided that he’d order the top choices, I’d order the bottom, and we’d split everything. You can’t go wrong with this approach!
Taste of Korea Appetizers
Crispy Calamari Salad
Both appetizers were delicious, but if you have to choose, go with the crispy calamari salad. I’ve never tasted anything like it in my life. Placing fried calamari on top of a pear salad with sesame miso vinaigrette takes away all the guilt of eating fried food. I could eat this every day.
Wagu Beef Mandu
The Wagu beef mandu dumpling is delicious. You can’t go wrong with it, but it certainly can’t compete with the calamari!
Taste of Korea Entrees
Both of the entrees on the Taste of Korea menu are amazing. Each is unique. Truly. I’ve had many a bibimbap and short rib, but never like the ones from Roy’s. Each bite from both dishes was truly satisfying to all my taste buds.
48 Hour Galbi Boneless Beef Short Rib
Galbi is the Korean version of braised short ribs. Never in my life have I had a more delicious and perfectly cooked short rib. The meat is served on top of an Asian inspired béarnaise-like sauce that has perfectly paired notes of butter and sesame. The marinated bean sprouts were an unexpected twist on an old favorite.
Sesame Crusted Salmon Bibimbap
There are two things that really set this bibimbap apart from every other one I’ve tried: the quail egg and the shiitake mushrooms. The bold and earthy flavors of the mushrooms pair so well with the buttery flavor of the quail egg. Never again will I be content with regular vegetables and a chicken egg in my bibimbap.
While both dishes were amazing, the bibimbap was much lighter. I enjoyed splitting the dishes because the short rib was so heavy. Not in a bad way! Just in a meat and butter kind of way. It was nice to experience both dishes and find a balance.
Taste of Korea Desserts
By the time dessert rolled around, we could have been rolled out the door completely full.
But we stayed for dessert anyway.
Asian Style Cotton Cheesecake
I’m not a fan of cheesecake. I know that I previously stated that I like all food. While I’ll eat cheesecake and enjoy it, it’s not my favorite. I found this lychee cheesecake to be no exception. Even my cheesecake loving husband said he could pass on it.
While I didn’t love the cheesecake, I now obsessed with the sesame seed lace tuile served with it. I’d order it again just to eat that delicate sesame cookie. If you love sesame, you need to order this cheesecake.
Roy’s Melting Hot Chocolate Souffle
My ambivalence towards cheesecakes is accompanied by a strong preference for chocolate souffle.
I mean, can you really go wrong with a melting hot chocolate souffle?
Actually, you can. I’ve had a chocolate molten cake at a cheap chain before that was still frozen in the middle. Not cool.
But you won’t find that at Roy’s where they take an extra 20 minutes just to prepare this souffle. Worth every minute of the wait too, my friend!
Head to Roy’s soon to check out the menu for yourself!
Check it out and let me know what you think. Have you eaten at Roy’s before?
There are 15 locations between Florida, Arizona, California, Maryland and Texas. If you don’t have one near you, see if you can visit one on vacation. The pacific rim fusion menu is mouth watering!