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March 29, 2002, Volume 2 Number 13

Dear "Guam Food Guy" Reader,

It's been over a year since I made the observation in one of our newsletters that I would never run out of restaurants to review because new ones continue to open replacing old ones, and others open in entirely new locations. I also alluded to menu changes, renovations, and management changes. It's not often you'll see a restaurant location staying vacant for too long before someone decides to open up another dining outlet. Although it's sad to see a popular establishment close its doors, we can take solace that something new and different will eventually come along to take its place, though not necessarily replace it.

Here's just a few of the recent changes we've seen:

  • Cyber-Up Cafe has closed.
  • John's BBQ in Tumon near DFS Galleria has closed.
  • Rose Coffee Shop has opened in Hagatna, across from the old Union Bank, and serves good, affordably-priced Chinese food.
  • Tex Mex Tacos, a roadside taco stand in Yona, has recently opened for breakfast and lunch, and is receiving raves from folks who know good Tex-Mex.
  • Curry Kebab, an authentic Indian restaurant, will be opening in April.
  • Kurumaya Seahorse will be permanently closing April 30.
  • Le Tasi Bistro will be opening a Micro-Brewery in late April/ early May.
  • Laguna Best Kitchenette has opened in the Dededo Mall.
  • Lee Garden took over Double Dragon (former Tom's Table, M's Steakhouse)in Dededo, and serves outstanding Chinese.
  • Vegetarian House on Rt. 16 closed and was replaced by Guang Sheng Chinese Restaurant.
  • Fortune Garden in Compadres Mall closed and was replaced by Phoenix Chinese.
  • Subway has a new Tumon location next to Mac & Marti's in the Holiday Plaza building.

There are more new eateries in the planning stages, and no doubt there will be a few more establishments closing their doors. Change is inevitable, and provides renewal, diversity, and innovation. Stay tuned for updates on our dynamic restaurant landscape. You can always visit and check out the restaurant directory for up-to-date information.

Have a Happy Easter, and make it even better by enjoying an Easter Sunday brunch (see the specials available at the Hilton Guam and Sam Choy's) or dinner at one of Guam's many fine establishments offering special Easter menus.

In Today's Issue:

  • UOG 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner Features Celebrity Chef's Cup - April 8
  • Awesome Dim Sum at Marriott Cafe On Friday Nights
  • Banquets & Catering Businesses - Submit Your Info for Upcoming DIRECTIONS Magazine Guide
  • New Filipino Cuisine featured at La Brasserie
  • Vitale's Italian Ristorante - "Taste the Difference"

UOG 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner Features Celebrity Chef's Cup - April 8

In what promises to be a fun and exciting evening of entertainment and extraordinary gastronomic achievements, UOG's 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner will be held on April 8 (cocktails will be served at 5:30 p.m.) at the Hyatt Regency Guam, and will feature the 1st Annual Celebrity Chef's Cup competition. This unique multimedia event will have five teams of Guam's chefs paired with media personalities, with each team responsible for creating the one of the courses for the dinner. The media personality team members will keep the audience informed via live video projected on screens of each course's preparation and will provide entertaining commentary.

The Chef Teams are:

Team 1 Cold Appetizer/Salad
Westin Resort Executive Chef Jhamnong Kraitong & PDN Reporter, Jojo Santo Tomas

Team 2 Soup
Sam Choy's Executive Chef Peter Duenas &'s own "Guam Food Guy", Ken Stewart

Team 3 Hot Appetizer
Hilton Guam Executive Chef Christophe Durliat & Hit Radio 100's, Chris "Malafunkshun" Barnett

Team 4 Entree
Hyatt Regency Guam Executive Chef Remo Berdux & KUAM News Director, Sabrina Salas

Team 5 Dessert
Outrigger Guam Executive Chef Clayton Babas & GBN Editor, Maureen Maratita

Tickets are $80 per person and are going quickly. Call the U.O.G. Endowment Fund at 735-2955 for reservations and information.

Awesome Dim Sum at Marriott Cafe On Friday Nights

If you like good dim sum, then I highly recommend you visit Chef Leland Feng's Dim Sum and Cantonese Friday Night Dinners at the Marriott Cafe. Although dim sum means "light snack", a literal translation of its written characters means "to touch the heart", and that's what Chef Leland was able to do with his delectable creations last Friday evening. After sampling several local dim sum offerings, I rate Chef Leland's the best. His Ha Gau (Shrimp Dumplings) are consistently good. Other notable hits are his Dai-Kon cakes, Deep Fried Dumpling Century Style, Baked BBQ Pork Rolls (which were like turnovers with a crisp, browned flaky crust), Cha Siu Bau (Steamed BBQ Pork Buns), and Siu Mai (Meat Dumplings). I was particularly impressed with the Duck Meat Pancake Chinese Style, which was basically a crepe filled with succulent shredded duck meat and vegetables!

Other treats featured in the all-you-can eat buffet was a Lobster & Black Bean Sauce dish, a savory Bok Choy with Garlic, Steamed Lapu-Lapu in Soy Sauce, a freshly cured baked ham, and one terrific dessert was Leland's famous Sesame Balls. The dishes served may vary somewhat each week, however, I know you will not be disappointed with Chef Leland's fabulous dim sum and other Cantonese creations.

ATTENTION! Banquets & Catering Businesses - Submit Your Info for Upcoming Directions Issue

If you provide banquet or catering services to the public, then this is an opportunity to feature your business in the upcoming May issue of Directions Magazine. I will be compiling a list of venues and services for the 2002 Banquets and Catering Guide. If you were not included in last year's guide, and would like to have your business listed or mentioned, please contact me asap via e-mail at

New Filipino Cuisine featured at La Brasserie

At the recent Wedding Show, I had the pleasure of meeting Master Chef/Consultant Bernard Dee, who is visiting from Manila to promote the upcoming month-long Filipino Food festival to be held from April 5th through 26th, at Le Brasserie in the Holiday Inn Resort. We're still awaiting more details on the entree selection. However, you can expect Chef Dee to serve kare kare, sinigang, and a variety of seafood, beef and pork preparations, as well as his version of classic Spanish dishes such as paella. Dinner prices will be $19.99 (10.95 for children), and lunch prices will be $11.99, plus a 10% service charge. Yum!

Vitale's Italian Ristorante - "Taste the Difference"

"Genuino" is the Italian word that comes to mind when you eat at Vitale's Italian Ristorante, located on the second floor of the Plaza Arcade next to SandCastle and above Bully's. Vitale's was first opened in 1967 in Michigan and is still operating there, serving authentic old country recipes. Joseph Vitale, founder, left his brother to run to Michigan restaurant and branched out to Guam, where he founded Vitale's Pizza Queen in 1992. In 1996, Vitale's Italian Ristorante opened in its present location and has pleased the palattes of thousands of visiting tourists as well as hundreds of local residents. It has long been on my list of restaurants to review and I am pleased to have finally enjoyed Joseph Vitale's preparations of traditional Italian favorites. When you eat at Vitale's, you can literally taste the difference in the freshness of his ingredients as well as in the "soul" of the food, which Joseph lovingly brings out with his masterful touch.

Vitale's features Guam's most complete menu of Italian entrees, with 24 pasta selections including Lasagna, Manicotti, Cannoloni, Mostaccioli, Ravioli, Tortellini, Spaghetti (there are 10 different spaghetti dishes), Fettucine Alfredo, Eggplant Parmigiana, Veal Parmigiana, and Linquine Clam, with prices ranging from $8.00 to $14.95.

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Bon Appetit!

The Guam Food Guy

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