By Anna Heise @annaeatzjax
I recently had the pleasure of being invited to Roy’s Restaurant in Jacksonville Beach to check out a gorgeous new remodel. One of the first things I noticed on entering, the new and improved bar in the space that once was a wine room. With new black marble high top tables, the bar area offers guests a larger gathering space to sit and chat over cocktails. Another change is the new pendant lighting in their open kitchen. Here guests can relax and talk with the chef and enjoy all the kitchen activities while dining. It is always my favorite spot when I visit.
We also had the opportunity to sample items from the new menu and chat with Chef Tito while dining. We began our journey with tasty cocktail one being the 1988 Martini named for the year Roy’s was founded.
A tasty beverage, made with Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka, Patron Citronge, the orange-flavored liqueur plus SOHO Lychee Liqueur. Our other drink made for those patrons who do not partake in alcohol the Volcano, a combination of mixed fruit juices, ginger ale plus grenadine for dramatic color.
While we waited for our entrees, we chatted with Chef Tito, and he treated us to several different sushi bites, consisting of Tuna, Salmon, and Whitefish. The fish at Roy’s Restaurant always fresh and of top grade selection.
Spicy Tuna Roll Bites
After a looki at the tempting menu offerings we both decided on the same entrée, the Roy’s Trio an exciting combination of Butter Fish, Ahi Tuna, and Mahi with seasoned rice. Both plates thoughtfully put together and similar, the fish fresh, moist and flavorful. Each piece was cooked perfectly, just barely translucent on the white fish, and a perfect sear on the Ahi Tuna with pink inside, they all paired perfectly with the seasoned rice.
We chose big for dessert, one Pineapple Upside Down Cake just looking at it made me feel tropical. The delightful flavors of pineapple, brown sugar and vanilla combined to produce a mouthwatering offering.
The second choice Kaffir Lime Cheese Cake, a thick creamy texture, sitting atop a graham cracker crust topped with whipped cream, and a slice of Kaffir Lime.
It has been my experience when visiting Roy’s Restaurant; the guest is the number one focus of the staff. Well versed in all aspects of the food and beverage menus they pride themselves on the service provided. If you have not been in to see the changes, I would recommend you take a ride to Jacksonville Beach and enjoy the new look.