Review: King’s Hawaiian Fish Deluxe from Arby’s
In my opinion, the Fish Sandwich from Arby’s has set the standard for fast food chain fish sandwiches. There wasn’t much room for improvement, but that didn’t stop Arby’s from giving it a shot. Taking advantage of the King’s Hawaiian bun, the latest from Arby’s is an upgraded version of the original and it’s called the King’s Hawaiian Fish Deluxe.
Arby’s describes their new King’s Hawaiian Fish Deluxe like this:
Arby’s went the extra mile on the King’s Hawaiian Fish Deluxe. Sweet, fluffy buns from Hawaii and crispy, wild-caught Alaskan Pollock combine to make a fish sandwich that earns the name Deluxe.
So while the updated ingredients might be enough to give the fish sandwich the “Deluxe” name, is it really worth the upgrade?
The Classic Fish Sandwich is priced at $2.99 and this new King’s Hawaiian Fish Sandwich Deluxe is $3.99. That extra dollar into your fish sandwich gets you the King’s Hawaiian bun instead of the standard sesame seed bun as well as a slice of cheddar cheese and two slices of tomato. From a dollars and cents perspective, the extra dollar didn’t seem like too much money for the extra ingredients and upgraded bun. The problem I had was that I ended up not liking the KH Fish Deluxe as much as the simpler Classic.
The wild-caught Alaskan Pollock is thick, hearty, and too big to fit snuggly within the King’s Hawaiian bun. I enjoyed the crusty breading of the fish which has a tougher crunch that just a light dusting of bread crumbs. There’s a decent smattering of tangy tartar sauce on both inside layers of the King’s Hawaiian bun. The shredded lettuce mixed with the tartar sauce makes for a coleslaw-type combo which I like, but the addition of tomato slices turned out to be unnecessary and just added too much moisture. The top layer of tartar sauce mixed with the shredded lettuce and tomatoes made for a soft and sloppy mixture that felt heavy and ended up softening the crunch of the fish breading. I’ve never understood cheese in a fish sandwich and Arby’s use of cheddar cheese turned out to be pointless for me. It was partially melted, waxy, and lacked any standout flavor qualities that could help the sandwich improve. The sweetness of the soft King’s Hawaiian bun has worked out well in other sandwiches and I thought it would really work with the KH Fish Deluxe. Even though the piece of fish is big, its shape is an odd fit for the bun and parts of the sandwich felt too bready where I couldn’t get a balanced bite. The odd shape of the fish versus the bread is something that is also found in the Classic version, but the sesame seed bun’s smaller size made for less bites of mostly bread.
Although Arby’s still reigns in the fast food fish sandwich category, the King’s Hawaiian Fish Deluxe is one of those cases where upgrades aren’t worth paying for. I’ll stick with the cheaper Classic Fish Sandwich and save myself a buck (and 220 calories).
Pros: Fish size. Thick fish breading.
Cons: Still a good fish sandwich, but the "upgrades" don't actually improve the Classic.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10
More Info: http://arbys.com/our-menu/fish/kings-hawaiian-fish-deluxe
Serving Weight - 326 grams
Calories - 790
Fat - 36 grams
Saturated Fat - 12 grams
Cholesterol - 125 milligrams
Sodium - 1140 milligrams
Carbs - 89 grams
Dietary Fiber - 3 grams
Sugars - 24 grams
Protein - 28 grams