Monday, April 29, 2013

Review: Arby's - King's Hawaiian Roast Beef and Swiss Sandwich

Arby's new, limited-time King's Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss sandwich features an extra 1/3 portion of thin-sliced roast beef, Swiss cheese, pickles, and a creamy Dijon sauce on a King's Hawaiian hamburger bun.

My local Arby's has them on the menu for $4.49 each.

King's Hawaiian bread is known for it's dense and squishy soft texture and just the right touch of sweetness. I've eaten a lot of sweet breads/dinner rolls and King's has always been my favorite. It tastes great buttered and grilled on a Spam and egg sandwich, but I wasn't sure how it would go with Arby's signature roast beef...

It turns out it goes quite well. The extra portion of beef supplies an ideal amount of savory beef flavor and a delicate tender texture that fits well with the bread's slight sweetness. It's just the right amount of meat to balance out against the pickles and dijon sauce.

The Dijon mustard is light with visible mustard seeds to provide just a bit of that horseradish kick.

The pickles are deli-style pickles with a good crunch and a bit of a sour bite that's interesting without ever being overpowering.

The weakest part of the sandwich is the Swiss cheese, which melts okay, but provides only a vague sense of creaminess rather than any distinct notes of flavor.

Overall, I found Arby's King's Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss to be a well-thought-out collaboration as well as a well-balanced and beefy sandwich.

Nutritional Info - Arby's King's Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss sandwich (257g)
Calories - 600 (from Fat - 220)
Fat - 25g (Saturated Fat - 12g)
Sodium - 1640mg
Carbs - 61g (Sugar - 20g)
Protein - 34g
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