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Guam Diner Newsletter, December 28, 2001, Volume 1, Number 27

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

Has it already been a full year? So much has happened, and believe it or not, most of us have had 1,095 meals during this time (multiply 3 meals x 365), more or less, not counting snacks. How many Sunday Brunches have you had? How many hamburgers? How many pizza slices? How about donuts? Pastries. Burritos? Soups? How much lumpia, kelaguen, pancit and chicken have you eaten? Did you eat enough pasta? How many eggs? How many types of seafood have you eaten? Gosh, it's really a lot of food when you put it in perspective and actually apply numbers to the meals we've had. The number of reviews I've done this year pales in comparison to the total number of meals consumed. However, if you were asked about your favorite, which would you pick and why? That's kind of what I had to do in making my selection for the Top 10 Reviews for 2001. There were many more than these 10 that I enjoyed, and some of my favorites are not even listed since I reviewed them in the year 2000. There are also restaurants I've not yet reviewed, so their exclusion is more omission than commission. You can look forward to reading about these in 2002!

In this past year we've watched new restaurants open, among the latest being the Akasaka Rikyu "Iron Chef Cuisine" Cantonese Restaurant (across from the Bank of Guam Tumon location), with another about to open soon Planet Noodles & Cafe in Agana, in the old Shirley's location. I've heard that Corridos 848 has new ownership, too, with veteran restaurateur, Sonia Han of Imperial Garden & Mongo Mongo fame assuming control. Although some restaurants are temporarily closed The View, TJ's Hot Stones and KFC in Tumon. Others have closed permanently Sizzler's, PJ's La Caleza, Route 66, Hot Point Caliente, Jodhi's Indian, and Tumon's Sol Juice (although they've re-opened a smaller, scaled down kiosk in the GPO). No matter what happens to the economy, people still have to eat and if you only consider lunches (one of the most common meals eaten away from home ), you'd be amazed at the sheer volume of food people eat during the noon hour!

2002 will be another year of transition, you can count on that. There will probably be some more closures, just as there will be new restaurants and eateries opening. I will be doing my duty to keep you posted on some of these, and like you, I'll be doing my share of eating. Best wishes to you and your families for the New Year!


In Today's Issue
  • New Year's Eve Moulin Rouge Party from the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa
  • Le Tasi Bistro's New Year's Eve Dinner
  • A Traditional Japanese New Year at the Guam Reef Hotel
  • Guam Food Guy's Top 10 Reviews for 2001

New Year's Eve Moulin Rouge Party at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa

Join the party at the Hilton Guam's Moulin Rouge Party on New Year's Eve! From 7:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. Monday, December 31st there will a full array of classic French culinary delights prepared by Chef Durliat, an open bar, entertainment to rival anything from Paris or Las Vegas and a host of casino games for all guests to enjoy and try their hand at winning prizes. Tickets are still available and only $89.00 per person (a 10% service charge will be added). Call 646-DINE (3463) for information and reservations.


New Year's Gourmet Feast at Le Tasi Bistro

For those with quieter tastes, Le Tasi Bistro in downtown Hagatna has prepared an exceptional menu for your dining pleasure. From 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m Monday, December 31st Chef Bertrand and Chef Yeonso will feed your senses with an amazing menu. All of this is available for only $46.00 per person! Seating is limited so make your reservations now at 472-7877.


A Traditional Japanese New Year at Guam Reef Hotel

The Guam Reef Hotel will hold traditional Japanese New Year's Day ceremonies at 11:00 am on January 1, 2002. It is an annual event to greet and celebrate the New Year with Japanese traditions. Guests will observe and participate in Mochi-Tsuki (rice cake pounding) and Kagami-Wari (sake barrel breaking). It is believed that such ceremonies bring good health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year.

Mochi-Tsuki, or pounding sweet rice to make mochi (rice cake), is an important traditional event for the New Year in Japan. Japanese traditionally believe that eating mochi helps one gain the strength of the rice gods because mochi is thought to symbolize the spirit of rice.

Another Japanese custom is cracking open the sake barrel with wooden mallets. This year, Kagami-Wari will be done in the hotel lobby and it is believed that the ceremony will bring the blessings for good health and happiness to those people at the ceremony. The Kagami-Wari also symbolizes strengthening the bonds of friendship.

The Guam Reef Hotel invites everyone to celebrate the New Year with Japanese traditions. Remember, the ceremony is said to bring you good health, good luck and prosperity! You can call 646-6881 for further information.


Guam Food Guy's Top 10 Reviews for 2001

Although I reviewed over 70 restaurants in 2001, the following ten establishments impressed me at the time of my review and are still providing excellent experiences for diners. I do not intend for this to be a "rating" of Guam's best restaurants...this will be another project we'll consider in the future, and will be done by category. Some high profile restaurants that have extraordinary service and awesome food were not included and I don't want anyone to think that their exclusion reflects on their quality. Also, as I'd mentioned earlier, this list is limited to 2001 reviews. I just wanted to share what I felt to be some special elements about these restaurants that made them memorable, fun and great eating adventures.

In no particular order, the Guam Food Guy's Top 10 Reviews for 2001:

1. Josephine's Chamorro Kitchen

If you want good, down-home Chamorro cooking, then Josephine's will not disappoint.

2. Prego Italian Restaurant (Westin Resort Guam)

Prego is a colorfully decorated restaurant without pretense, and allows diners to enjoy exquisite Italian cuisine in a quiet, intimate setting overlooking Tumon Bay.

3. Roy's (Hilton Guam Resort & Spa)

One thing you can always be sure of when going to Roy's is that you won't know what fabulous culinary creations await you!

4. Taipei Restaurant

Located in the New Century Hotel, on Ypao Road, this treasure of a restaurant was previously in the Hafa Adai Exchange. Although you'd have a hard time identifying the decor as Chinese, you'll know that the food is both authentic and good when you see many local Chinese eating here.

5. Bistro (Pacific Islands Club)

Answering a long-awaited call, Bistro took the initiative to deliver to Guam's breakfast offerings an upscale, American style menu selection that must be experienced to appreciate.

6. Hava Java Cafe

If you've not experienced Hava Java Cafe's "Make Me A Sandwich" menu special, then you've got something good to look forward to doing soon!

7. Sakura's Kitchen

Two thumbs up for this little treasure and if I had "four" thumbs, they'd be up! There's no over-praising this little eatery, which is appreciated for its simplicity, quaintness, cleanliness and charm.

8. Siam Cuisine

There are already a lot of loyal customers who know just how good the food is at Siam Cuisine in Anigua, just try going there at 12:30 pm to get a table ... you'll be standing for a while.

9. Niji Japanese Restaurant (Hyatt Regency Guam)

If you've not been to the Niji Japanese Restaurant in the last few weeks, you can expect to be pleasantly surprised (if not amazed) at their new lunch buffet. The amount and variety of food items that were available to eat was impressive and almost overwhelming.

10. Tairyo Sushi Bar

"Oishii!" (delicious) must have been repeated a hundred times! If you love sushi, then this is a restaurant where you will appreciate it's culinary appeal as well as enjoy a freshness that will astonish you.

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Bon Appetit!

The Guam Food Guy


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