Review: King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss Sandwich from Arby’s
I have a lot of respect for Arby’s. Whether you opt for the conventional Roast Beef ‘n Cheddar Melt
, dare to try the something more unusual like the Fish Sandwich
, or pine after cancelled offerings like the Chicken Salad Sandwich
, you are likely to come away satisfied. So when Arby’s announced the arrival of their King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss Sandwich -
basically their original roast beef sandwich, amped up on an iconic King’s Hawaiian bun – I had high expectations. As it turns out, Arby’s exceeded those expectations.
Prior to trying this sandwich, most of my associations with King’s Hawaiian bread had to do with ripping it into pieces and dipping it into spinach and artichoke dip at New Year’s Eve parties. But driving home with the smell of a sweet, bready King’s Hawaiian bun and savory roast beef filling my car has forever changed this perception. Arby’s will make you believe King’s Hawaiian buns were made to go on roast beef sandwiches and roast beef sandwiches alone.
Arby’s describes their King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss like this:
Try our KING’S HAWAIIAN Roast Beef & Swiss, made with an extra helping of 1/3 more thinly sliced roast beef, Swiss cheese, pickles and a creamy Dijon sauce on a soft, slightly sweet and airy, irresistible KING’S HAWAIIAN® sandwich bun.
Taking the sandwich out of the box, I realized one undeniable fact: it’s huge. Which isn’t a bad thing. For $4.92 at my local Arby’s in Minnesota, I should be getting a big sandwich. I also noticed the track marks across the top of the bun and the browned interior, suggested it had been toasted. So far, so good. I took my first bite. Just like the smell in my car would suggest, the combination of roast beef and the King’s Hawaiian bun was supremely appealing – soft, savory and sweet. The Dijon sauce, with its grainy, honey mustard-like punch, was the perfect accent to this sandwich . The pickles played a similar part – crunchy, sharp and briny counterbalances to an ocean of bready sweetness.
The pinnacle of Arby’s King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss, though, came when I hit the middle and finally found the Swiss cheese. Though not a showboat of flavor, the slice of melted cheese provided a melty, rich backdrop that brought this already decent sandwich up to the level of intoxicating. Which brings me to my one and only complaint about Arby’s new sandwich: not enough cheese. It’s a minor thing, but this sandwich is so big the small slice of Swiss placed in the center doesn’t cover the whole thing, leaving edges of just roast beef and bun. Two slices of cheese, and this sandwich would be perfect.
Arby’s King’s Hawaiian Roast Beef & Swiss is currently listed under the “Limited Time Offers” section of their website. For fast food lovers everywhere, let’s hope it gets a permanent spot soon. I can’t imagine anything that could make this sandwich better. Except of course…
Pros: Big sandwich. Amazing King's Hawaiian + roast beef flavor profile. The miracle of Swiss. Arby's sauce.
Cons: Could use a little bit more cheese.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 9.25/10
More Info: arbys.com
Calories - 600
Fat - 25 g
Sodium - 1640 mg
Carbohydrates - 61 g
Dietary Fiber - 2 g
Sugars - 20 g
Protein - 34 g