May 18, 2007, Volume 7 Number 20
Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,
There's only one place in Tumon where you can sit outside on a spacious, garden-like 2nd floor deck overlooking San Vitores, watch a breathtaking sunset while enjoying a cold beer or glass of wine and noshing on eat pupus and listen to live music. This place is Tumon Bay Lobster & Grill, located in Isla Plaza, adjacent to the Grand Hotel. The sunset was glorious and filled the sky with brilliant hues of mixed daylight and the coming dusk. The sense one gets of being here is that you've found an oasis in the middle of Tumon's busy "congestion" where you seem to just float above it all. It's outdoor relaxation, not in a hotel, and represents one of the promises of visiting a tropical island.
The night I was there Johnny from Kaya was playing and singing solo...it was amazing how he singularly filled the evening's space with his music and clear voice. The spicy shrimp Kelaguen a la Delisa is "pika maange" while the King Crab legs sauteed in garlic butter are as appetizing as they sound. It's easy to see how this place has become one of those happening spots for those who want to sit outdoors and kick back with office buddies and friends.
Today's review of Ebisu Sushi & Japanese Restaurant brought back memories of my early days as the Guam Food Guy! I was totally excited to discover a really special Japanese restaurant, one that I hope will endure and thrive for many years. It inspires me when I eat a fabulous new sushi creation such as Ebisu's Rainbow Roll since I know it's one of those quality experiences that would even impress seasoned sushi aficionados. To watch chef/owner Fumi Nakamura deftly prepare magical sushi and sashimi plates is a fascination I can't help but relish, especially knowing that his brand new business has something different to offer consumers. Believe me, his food was so different that eating it this Thursday night made me change my review focus...he has something I believe people will appreciate as much as I did. Let's help him succeed!
Ken, the "Guam Food Guy"
In Today's Issue:
- GFG Hosts K57 "Tourism & You" Food Guy Show Saturday May 19 10 am-Noon
- No Dog Better Than Evelyn's For Stop & Go Dining
- This Time Last Year - Highlights from the GuamDiner Newsletter
- Ebisu Sushi & Japanese Restaurant - Tumon's Newest Brings Out The Best
GFG Hosts K57 "Tourism & You" Food Guy Show Saturday May 19 10am-Noon
Listen up this Saturday morning for the Guam Food Guy segment of K57's "Tourism & You" Show, from 10am-Noon. This week's first hour guests will be members of the George Washington High School ProStart Culinary Competition team who have just returned from placing 6th in the National ProStart Competition in Charlotte, North Carolina. Joining them will be their teacher Frank Evangelista and Barry Mead, State Director, Pro-Start Guam.
The first of our second hour guests will be Steve Cruz, founder of the Pacific Island Grillers for Education, the group holding Guam's Ultimate Grilling Competition II on June 16 at the Governor's Complex in Adelup. He will be followed by members of the team behind the newly-resurrected Mermaid Tavern and Grille, Nadia Wood and kitchen manager Sara Pleadwell.
These interviews will offer unique and interesting insights into the people behind the scenes at the island's restaurants. This will be an opportunity for you to hear compelling stories about their professions and their passions, which are often synonymous in this industry for people of their caliber. Your phone calls are welcome at 477-5757 or *57 on your cell phone.
No Dog Better Than Evelyn's For Stop & Go Dining
I was finally able to slow my car down and pull into Evelyn Ungacta's famous Hot Dog Stand located along Hagatna Bay's shoreline and Marine Corps Drive the other day. People line up to get one of Eveyln's hot dogs, chili dogs, chili cheese dogs, and even burgers. The price is right with Hot Dogs going for $2 and a Chili Dog for $2.50 - add a cold soda for $.85. You can garnish your dog all the usual condiments of green relish, sauerkraut, chopped onions, mustard, and catsup to suit your tastes. The result is a quick meal that puts to rest all those lunch time hunger pains and gives the satisfaction you can only get from eating that All American favorite - the hot dog! Evelyn and her husband, Felix (former Mayor of Hagatna) are a dynamic duo as they work synchronously to cook dogs, steam buns, prepare orders, make change, and still carry on conversations with customers. They are simply amazing people! Evelyn's a living icon, and though I hadn't had a hot dog at her stand in a couple of years, she still remembered me as the previous regular customer I was. I don't know how she did it, but her dogs are even hotter (temperature wise) than they were before. You can find Evelyn and Felix serving dogs, sodas, and all the fixings weekdays in Hagatna - just look for the big blue canopy!
This Time Last Year - Highlights from the GuamDiner Newsletter
May 19, 2006, Vol 6 No 20
Restaurant Reviewed: Hafa Adai Cafe - Another Nice Place to Eat!
New Chinese Eatery to Open May 22 in Hagatna - e Cafe Chinese Restaurant
"Pop & Pour" Premium Wines and Spirits - Now Open on Army Drive (Rt 16)
Ebisu Sushi & Japanese Restaurant - Tumon's Newest Brings Out The Best
Ebisu Sushi & Japanese Restaurant has only been open for just over 2 weeks, so it is still a brand new restaurant. Though I didn't expect to do a full review when I first sat down at the sushi counter, I was convinced by the end of the meal that I would be remiss in my duty as food guy if I didn't share the secrets of this gem of a restaurant with you!
"Ebisu" in the Shinto religion is the god of good fortune as well as the god of fishermen. Regarded as the deity of all occupations, Ebisu is especially known to be the god over farmers, fishermen, and commerce, so he could be called the "businessman's god". Statues and images of Ebisu depict him as a smiling and bearded figure, often holding a fishing pole or line with a large sea bream attached or tucked under his left arm. A gold statue of a smiling Ebisu is perched atop the sushi display case at Ebisu Sushi, an auspicious indication for things that will soon follow.
Located in the center of Tumon in that strange triangle-shaped two-story building just north of the Holiday Resort, Ebisu is easy to spot since it has a huge red ball denoting the Japanese sun right above its doorway. Ebisu's chef/owner is Fumi Nakamura. Fumi-san's prior experience as a cook in France some years ago familiarized him with cuisine Francaise. However, it's his cuisine Japonais that he's specializing in now. On Guam, he worked a few years for Bistro-tei Yokozuna and had the Yakitori Factory in GPO. It's to his credit (and our pleasure) that he now is working in an environment that allows his culinary genius to flourish. Fumi-san is joined by his wife, Rie, along with a very knowledgeable server, Liezl Delacruz, who is a seasoned veteran with on-spot recommendations! You'll need those recommendations as the dinner menu is immense and includes appetizers, a la carte items, salads, sushi, sashimi, curry & rice bowls, soba and udon. Dinner lasts from 6 pm til midnight, Mon-Sat. At lunch you'll find set menu dishes weekdays from 11am-2pm. Ebisu is closed on Sundays.
Fumi has personally designed and rebuilt the interior of this restaurant, which previously was Beef Bowl Uchiya. The new look is modern and lean, with dark wood tones.
I ordered a large Asahi Beer ($8) and started with an appetizer, of Hiyayakko (chilled tofu w/green onion, ginger, and bonito flakes, $4). This was a refreshing and flavorful beginning.
I added a Torikushi (grilled skewered Chicken with teriyaki sauce or salt 2 pcs/$4.50) since I wanted to try something like Yakitori. I had this with salt rather than the sauce, and also ordered a Butakushi (grilled skewered pork with teriyaki sauce or salt 2 pcs/$4.50). The pork was made from sliced pork belly enhanced by adding little dabs of hot mustard that was placed conspicuously on the plate. With the beer, these made good snacks...not big portions...just chasers.
Liezl recommended that I try the Rainbow Sushi Roll ($10), which is made with shrimp, tuna, salmon, and avocado on top of a California Roll. When she told me to try this, I had just ordered a Small Assortment of Sashimi ($15), which was delivered first. Beautifully arranged with shredded radish and shiso (perilla) leaves, its glistening appearance promised an uncompromising freshness with portions of maguro (tuna), tako (octopus), ika (squid that was rolled and cut with a shiso leaf layered within), tai (sea bream), and sake (salmon). As much as I enjoyed savoring these with my wasabi shoyu mix, it was the arrival of the Rainbow Sushi that stole the show!
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