When there are no new restaurants opening in the area, we like to check in on some of the standbys to see how they're faring, especially when the executive chef is off building his empire.
Such is the case with Roy Yamaguchi, of Roy's restaurant in Newport Beach. Terry is old enough to remember Yamaguchi's first restaurant, back in the mid-1980s in West Hollywood, 385 North, where the food was amazing. He moved to Hawaii in '88 and was instrumental in creating Hawaiian fusion cuisine.
Fast-forward to Fashion Island and the palm grove guarding the entryway to the plantation shuttered restaurant with its blend of primarily Asian dishes and Western sauces. The very large space is divided into three dining areas, a small sushi bar and a large dine-in bar area. An open kitchen dominates the main dining area headed by chef-partner Edgar Agbayani. The attractive décor features soft lighting, neutral colors and red accents.