April 9, 2004, Volume 4 Number 15
Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,
First and foremost, we thank God that we were spared the ravages of Typhoon Sudal, which missed Guam as it blew its way through our area this past week. We pray for the safety of those residents in the outer islands of Yap, which are now in the targeted path of this intensifying typhoon. Good Friday and Easter Sunday events will continue as planned, with most hotel restaurants offering special Easter feasts. If you've not made your reservations at your favorite destination, you better do so soon as spaces are filling fast!
Speaking of favorites, do you have a favorite restaurant? That question is frequently posed to me when folks find out I'm the Guam Food Guy, as well where's the best place to eat? It's the kind of question I answer back with a "depends on" answer, such as "depends on the mood you're in" or whether you what cuisine you're hungry for at the time. I have more favorite dishes than favorite places, and will tell you that May's Won Ton Soup is a winner, that Izakaya Katsu's Tofu Steak and Panko Shrimp rule, that Mary's Fresh Lumpia are the best, that Joyful's Ma Po Tofu and Kang Kung moved me, that Mulligan's Crispy Pata is to die for( eat enough of this and you will!!), that Le Tasi Bistro's French Onion Soup is supreme, and that Roy's Chocolate Souffle approaches ecstasy! Of course there are more, and I could write a book about these and many other food favorites. People like to frequent places where they have a good time, and where they feel welcome, and where (as in the popular series "Cheers") everybody "knows your name".
Maybe now you can appreciate how I have a hard time choosing favorites - it's like determining your favorite child - an impossible task when you have so many! I'll just keep on discovering new, interesting foods and places to share with you as I follow the course of my gastronomic journey!
Ken, the "Guam Food Guy"
In Today's Issue:
- 6th Annual Rotary Club of Guam Sunrise 5K Fun Run/Walk, April 10
- Easter Specials - Brunches, Special Menus, Easter Egg Hunts & TARZA!
- Around the Island - Palm Cafe at Outrigger, MCA Meeting
- Pacific Grill Guam Gets New Owners - Really Good Eats & A Super-Size Burger!
6th Annual Rotary Club of Guam - Sunrise 5K Fun Run/Walk, April 10
Proceeds from this coming Saturday's race will benefit Sanctuary and the Chief Quipuha Park Restoration Project. It will also benefit all the participants who are able to rise and shine at the Chamorro Village for the 5:15am Show Time and the 6am Go Time! You can sign up at Hornet, Gold's Gym (both locations), and Options PC Supplies on Rt. 16. For more info, call Karla at 456-0481 or e-mail her or call the GRC at 632-5818.
Easter Specials - Brunches, Special Menus, Easter Egg Hunts & TARZA!
Easter is a major feasting holiday with many of us enjoying foods and beverages which have been sacrificed throughout Lent. Restaurants on Guam seem to understand this and respond by offering a variety of delicious meals to eat and entertainment and fun for the children. Here is a quick round-up of some of the specials available. Better hurry and make those reservations now! And, don't forget you can get up-to-date on current specials at GuamDiner.com every day.
Sam Choy's - In addition to a special Easter Set Menu with a choice of 2 entrees, you can also select from the regular a la carte menu or the children's menu. This is ideal for those who don't want to eat a buffet. Another plus is they will be honoring Sam & Sammy Elite Card discounts. Call for reservations and information at 649-6637.
Blue Marlin & TARZA - This one is the choice for families who love to visit the TARZA waterpark with the adults floating down Lazy River and the kids zooming down the water slides! The special Easter Lunch Buffet package includes a lavish buffet at the Blue Marlin (inside the Guam Plaza Hotel) and day passes to TARZA for Easter Sunday where there will be special Easter events. The price is just $28 for adults and $14 for children. Call 646-7803 ext 378.
The Palm Garden - Located in the Palace Hotel the Palm Garden has one of the most relaxing atmospheres on Guam and they will also have Easter Egg hunts on their beautiful gardens and grounds; one hunt for the younger children and one for older kids. The food is also great with a Tempura and Teppan Station just one of the many choices. Call 646-2222 for reservations and information.
La Brasserie - The Holiday Inn Guam is famous for their extravagant Seafood Buffets and we're sure they will pull out all the stops for their Easter event. They also always provide entertainment and fun for the children - one of the reasons this is such a popular place for families. Reservations can be made by calling 647-7272 ext 213.
Hilton Guam - Last but certainly not least are the offerings from the Hilton Guam. The Islander Terrace has what is arguably the most popular buffet in town and the chefs will be cooking up to their usual high standards without doubt. Additionally, they will be opening the Marianas Ballroom for the Easter crowd. Both venues will offer champagne, live entertainment and a choice of seatings; the first seating at 10am and the second seating at 12:30pm. There will also be an Easter Egg hunt at the Tree Bar for the children. Reservations are essential. Call 646-DINE (3463) for further information and reservations.
Around the Island - Palm Cafe at Outrigger, MCA Meeting
If you go to the Outrigger looking for the Tinige Anisan'u, you will be pleasantly surprised (maybe even shocked but in a good way) by what you will see in its place! It has been completely renovated, with a new look, feel, and menu; and has been re-born as the Palm Cafe. The new menu features some eclectic yet intriguing local and international treats, with an appetizer line-up that has a Bambu Box Kelaguen Sampler featuring Shrimp, Octopus, Chicken, and Tuna Kelaguens served with warm Titiyas and a Sesame Soba Noodle Salad. Another menu header is the Noodles & Broth section with offerings representing Asia's best noodle choices from Japanese Miso Ramen, Thai Tom Yam Kung, Vietnamese Pho, Indonesian "Bali Style", Chinese Shanghai Char Sui Tong-min, and Korean Sogogi Yache Gooksoo. There is a nod to Pastas & Risottos as well though some have an Asian twist such as the Angel Hair "Manila" and Risotto "Tinaktak". Entrees include a Honey Soy Glazed Salmon, and a Grilled Filet Mignon served with Kimchee Ratatouille and a Risotto cake. These dishes bring a whole new meaning to "Euro-Asian Fusion"! Palm Cafe will be have its grand opening on April 15. They also have buffet service for Sunday brunch. Stay tuned for more info on this exciting new outlet.
The Micronesian Chefs Association will hold their monthly General Meeting this coming Monday evening, April 12 at Sam Choy's in Tumon. Doors open at 7pm and the meeting will start at 8:30pm. Dues are on the agenda as are plans for the upcoming Chef's Cup competition. Please check the MCA page at GuamDiner.com for updated information on Officers and Directors including any recent email address changes.
Pacific Grill Guam Gets New Owners - Really Good Eats & A Super-Size Burger!
The Pacific Grill Guam has a team of young new owners who have energized this Tumon eatery by combining their talents and work experiences to create what has the potential to be a popular dining hotspot. An earlier review of the Pacific Grill made a few months ago should be tossed, as this is a new and improved version, with positive changes on the menu and the establishment overall.
PGG is open daily for lunch (11am-2pm) and dinner (6pm-10pm), and though they are still (as of this writing) awaiting their liquor license, they have already started to build a loyal following of customers who are going there for the food. The new owners are Andrew Miller, Eric Cepeda, David Flores, Derek Flores, and Noel Delgado as chef. They bring their collective experience from working at larger entities such as Hard Rock Cafe and Capricciosa to this very promising location. The refreshing thing about these young men (all in their 20's) is that they are inspired by a vision to be the best.
PGG's menu has the usual line-up of appetizers, salads, beef, chicken, seafood, and pasta entrees. They have, however, entered the fray of the all-consuming Guam burger wars with what has to be one of the island's largest (and juiciest) burgers - "The Double Decker". PGG's burgers are made fresh daily, with a special proprietary recipe that guarantees tenderness and juiciness, right down to the last bite, no matter how well-done it is! We had the Double Decker ($12.50) after hearing Andrew "brag on" its size. After all, it does have two 10 oz. patties stacked with melted American cheese. You also get your choice of Teriyaki or BBQ sauce (we preferred the Teriyaki - it was a perfect complement.) The burger is a huge one, with a texture and flavor that reminded me of an excellent meat loaf. It is certainly a serious contender as one of the island's biggest. I highly recommend you share it if you aren't a hard core burger afficionado! There are a variety of other burgers on their menu including the Hawaiian Burger ($9.95), Mushroom Burger ($8.50), Pacific Grill Burger ($7.99) and Cheese Burger ($7.99). A Mahi Burger is available for $7.99.
We also tried the Shrimp and Spinach Pasta ($10.95), which had 6 pieces of shrimp and fresh pasta blended with a white cream sauce created by the chef. The sauce was abundant and not too thick, and I really liked the fresh spinach layered throughout. It was an adequate portion, and came with a piece of garlic toast. We did avail ourselves of the small salad bar selection. The Japanese dressing is especially tart and packs a lot of flavor.
PGG's steaks are reputed to be big and tasty, with a New York Strip (18 oz) priced at $18.99, a 20 oz. T-Bone ($21.99) and a 20 oz. Rib-eye ($22.99). All entrees come with a choice of rice, baked potato, fries or fresh steamed vegetables. Seafood entrees include Deep Fried Coconut Shrimp ($11.99) and Mahi Mahi ($9.99). Parrot fish and Stuffed Parrot Fish are "COMING SOON", as are other items on PCG's evolving menu. They do have a Kid's menu, with all items priced at $4.99, including a drink and fries.
The New York Steak & Lobster Tail seems like a great bargain at $28.99, and other combos such as the BBQ Ribs, Chicken and Fish ($19.99) and the BBQ Ribs, Chicken and Steak Combo ($21.99) must be worth trying, too.
I'll have to return to try some of these other items on Pacific Grill Guam's menu - I've only heard favorable feedback about them through "word of mouth", which is the best form of advertising.
You have to give this ambitious group of men a lot of credit in this new venture. They are in a league of their own and I'm proud to recommend them now, even though they are still a work in progress. They are eager to learn and want to get your feedback. Give them a call for take-out at 647-6336. Let's support this new generation of locally-grown restaurant entrepreneurs. The food will speak for itself!
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