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  Kar Kar Restaurant (May's)
Tamuning, Guam, in the Mikkel Tan V Building
  Style:
American, Asian, Chinese
  Format:
Family Friendly, Restaurant




 

A Roundup of the Best Chinese Restaurant Reviews of the Past Year
Restaurant Review by Guam Diner Staff
November 2003


The end of 2003 is fast approaching and we'd like to take a look back at some of the reviews done over the past year with an eye to offering a brief overview of a few of the best. We've decided to approach this somewhat daunting project from a cuisine style angle so this week we take a look at Chinese restaurants. From the very elegant Toh-Ka-Lin in the Guam Hotel Okura to the everyday-style eatery of May's Restaurant, Guam offers a vast array of great choices when it comes to Chinese food. Most restaurants offer single price lunch specials but our price rating is based on the cost of an average entree. And, of course, we must add the disclaimer that these are our opinions and you are welcome to give us your feedback!



May's Restaurant*
Kim Chee Building, Tamuning
647-3188/3288

Price: Inexpensive to moderate

Value: Very Good. "Good food is one criteria for judging a restaurant, and great service is another. May's...cheerful personality, hospitality, and energy makes this restaurant experience one to remember and appreciate, over and over again."

Dish to Try: Salt & Pepper Shrimp "She dices red and green bell peppers...then sautes them with garlic and thinly-sliced red chili peppers. These vegetables smother the crisp-fried shrimp, providing a real spicy treat for your taste buds."

**Avoid: Hot & Sour Soup. It lacks flavor and requires lots of soy sauce, vinegar and pepper to remedy.

*New location next to the Tamuning Kim Chee Store opens this Saturday, November 8 at 7am. Her prior location in the New Century Hotel is closed Thursday and Friday while they make the move.

**A recent visit on 12/17/03 provided a completely new experience with this soup. We can happily recommend this dish!



Tao Yuen
East-West Center, Upper Tumon
646-2388

Price: Inexpensive to Moderate

Value: Very Good. "Overall we gave this dining experience a plus. The service was good, the food was served promptly and at an appropriate pace for the number of dishes we ordered. And, the restaurant is bright and clean..."

Dish to Try: Spicy Eggplant. "The Spicy Eggplant was a hit with everyone and it was absolutely beautiful with bright purple eggplant, green bell peppers, wood ear mushroom and bamboo among other vegetables - this is an excellent choice for vegetarians and was easily selected best dish overall."

Avoid: Honey Walnut Shrimp. There are better places to get this dish.



Toh-Ka-Lin
Guam Hotel Okura, Tumon
646-8811 ext 1701-3

Price: Moderate to Expensive

Value: Very Good. "...a buffet* is a different food experience than an a la carte service...Chef Makoto Suzuki has performed a masterful task in creating a workable buffet that retains the food's life and essence."

Dish to Try: Sweet & Sour Pork and Shrimp in Chili Sauce. "The Sweet & Sour Pork was marvelous, with each vegetable retaining its crunch and the meat blended well with contrasting flavors. I also liked the Shrimp in Chili Sauce. These were meaty pieces of shrimp and the chili sauce had lots of palate-pleasing flavor."

Avoid: Chop Suey with Crispy Noodles. Noodles were chewy, not crispy.

*Tuesday & Friday Lunch Buffet



Bon Appetit!