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December 28, 2007, Volume 7 Number 51

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

As amazing as it seems, this year is almost over! That means it's now time for our annual tradition of compiling this year's best newsletter reviews in what we call the Guam Food Guy's Top 10 Reviews for 2007. It's not to be taken as my favorite restaurants - in fact, many of my favorite places aren't even on this year's review list since they may have already been reviewed or shown on a previous list. This listing is a recap of the best newsletter reviews for the year, with some being a complete restaurant review while others would be the Diner Bytes Newsletter, which cover more than one restaurant. There may even be a Diner Bytes issue that contains one mini-review on a particular restaurant that I thought qualified it as a selection.

Looking back, in culinary terms, 2006 would be described as the year of the Thai restaurant, with five new Thai outlets opened. We noted the arrival of Andaman in particular as the chef specialized in both royal Thai and Western cuisine styles. 2007 has seen an expansion of the Mexican genre, with the arrivals of Caliente Taqueria in Hagatna and Margarita's Burritos and BBQ in Tumon. 2007 also ushered in the island's newest luxury resort, the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort with its impressive outlets. Let's not forget the arrival of an icon of American casual dining, Ruby Tuesday, which is enjoying long waiting lines at dinner time.

This year the Tumon experience has been memorable for me in that I've stayed in a few hotels and was able to enjoy the splendid accommodations. The picture below was taken in the early morning from the Westin Resort. (It's true what they say about "heavenly beds", It's like sleeping on a cloud!) The rainbow arches above the Nikko and the expansion at the Guam Hotel Okura can also be seen. I have decades of fond memories of the Okura Hotel. I'm sure there will be many more in the future at the new, upgraded facility.

Finally, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuing support and patronage. Just knowing you are out there expecting our next GuamDiner newsletter has inspired me "to keep on keeping on!" It's been a true pleasure, just as the one Zee & I experienced in the photo of us taken on the Atlantis charter on December 9, a day noted for its breathtakingly spectacular sunsets. We at want to wish you and your family a happy and prosperous New Year 2008!

Ken, the Guam Food Guy

In Today's Issue:

This Time Last Year - Highlights from the Guamdiner Newsletter
Dec 29 2006 Vol 6 No 51

Guam Food Guy's Top 10 Reviews for 2006

Guam Food Guy's Top 10 Reviews for 2007

The useful thing about lists is that they give people an easy-to-follow guide of places to try especially if they haven't been there yet or are new to Guam. Unfortunately, lists are by nature limited, and don't give a full representation of the numerous excellent options not on the list.

The reviews and/or newsletters are listed in chronological order so their placement is not based on any particular ranking. I hope you have an opportunity to experience these places and that you like them as much as I did!

PROA Restaurant
"Discover One of Guam's Newest Culinary Treasures"
March 23, 2007
PROA continues to impress scores of residents and visitors alike. You can expect more great things to come from this extraordinary restaurant. Read the review.

Andaman Restaurant
"A Haven of Spectacular Thai & Intriguing Western Culinary Creations"
April 6, 2007
As mentioned earlier, this venture of talented chef, Jhamnong Kraitong, brings diners the choice of haute Thai and Continental cuisine. Read the review.

Double Review!
Body & Soul Friday Night Feast
Westin's Cafe Kalachucha
Marriott's Sunset BBQ at Manhattan Terrace
May 4, 2007
The people of Guam adore a great buffet and it's hard to go wrong with a sunset bbq - this review looks at two of the best offerings.

Ebisu Sushi & Japanese Restaurant
"Tumon's Newest Brings out the Best"
May 18, 2007
This Japanese spot has continued to impress me with each subsequent meal. Truly a gem. Read the review.

Comfort Soups to Cure Life's Aches & Pains!
August 3, 2007
This newsletter was a remedy in itself, with a handy selection of delectable choices at several of my favorite little eateries. Regrettably, Sichuan Kitchen has closed down so, alas, there will not be any Chongquing Hot Pot around for the foreseeable future!

Guam Diner Bytes
August 17 2007
A Trip Down Restaurant Memory Lane, The President, Gu's Shanghai Bistro, Le Tasi Bistro, Sakura Kitchen and Stanlee's
This newsletter stands out for its historical compilation of past restaurants as well as introduction to superb Japanese culinary creations at The President Nippon, the traditional Shanghai cuisine at Gu's with a 3rd generation chef in the kitchen, our beloved Le Tasi Bistro, Sakura Kitchen, and that special man we all adore, the irrepressible Stanley Miller of Stanlee's.

Maharani Indian Restaurant
"Impressive New Eatery Filled with 'Spice of Life'"
August 24, 2007
Ethnic theme dining in an upscale setting is a growing niche on Guam and the entry of Maharani builds on this trend. Also mentions the release and availability of Let's Eat! It has the location the Sesomjai Blind Date! Read the review.

Guam Diner Bytes
September 14, 2007
Saipan Taste Treats from Spicy Thai to Fine Italian, Simply Food and King's new Venture, King's Quonset Hut

GuamDiner Bytes
November 9, 2007
Caliente Wow! and Sam Choy's Friday Seafood Feast
A look at one of the new Mexican spots in town and another one of the great buffets from a popular restaurant.

King & I Thai Cuisine
"The Qualities of Extravagance"
December 14, 2007
A real extravaganza of Thai food, decor and entertainment. The newsletter also announced the closing of two popular eateries and introduced Choi's. Read the review.

Bon appetit & see you in the New Year!

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