Bistro Weekly Lunch Specials - Affordable Elegance Takes Care of Business
Restaurant Review by Ken Stewart, The Guam Food Guy
There are restaurants in Tumon, and then there is PIC's Bistro, which has to be Guam's penultimate business lunch destination. There is something about Bistro that appeals to business diners in much the same way and for the same reason certain Asian airlines and major hotels promote themselves on CNN. It has to do with service, quality, and value. There is a certain ambiance about the Bistro which may be attributed to confidence and experience. Bistro certainly has both, and with Chef de Cuisine Clayton Babas (one of Guam's most creative chefs) and his staff preparing three daily lunch specials each week, in addition to their standard lunch menu offerings, it is no wonder Bistro continues to draw business and other professionals to break bread over a Spinach Salad with Grilled Shrimp or a Pan Fried File of Sole with Tequila Salsa.
Bistro's weekly lunch specials are priced at $12.95 (+10%) and include your choice of soup or salad and iced tea or coffee. The view and the atmosphere alone are worth the price with a gorgeous Tumon Bay vista showcased through glass walls. But the food will draw your attention from the moment you enter the oversized glass door that has Bistro's signature etched in a frosted bar and are welcomed by a smiling hostess or host who will lead you to the daily special display. Showcased on a large polished wood shelf, each of the three entrees are elegantly mounted on a glass platter with a white table napkin underliner. Small name placards announce each presentation, as well as the dessert selection. It is simple, yet elegant, a Bistro trademark.
After being seated at my table and acknowledging and greeting several acquaintances, I placed my beverage order. The Soup of the Day was Cream of Carrot, though I opted for the salad. Both are served with Bistro's famous biscuits, which have changed form but not substance from the original recipe. The three entree choices were a Lemongrass Beef with Pandan Rice, Crispy Fried Snapper with Banana Curry, and Japanese Seafood Spaghetti. I went for the Snapper.
The salad's mixed greens were cool and refreshing, and the thick ranch dressing I poured on had that homemade goodness. When the Snapper entree arrived, I marveled at the spicy aroma of the curried banana sauce that came with the two sizeable Snapper filets, partially covering one of the golden batter-fried pieces. This was going to be a treat, I said to myself, as I dug in for my first and telling bite. It was delicious! And so were the steamed miniature string beans and carrots. I had rice in lieu of mashed potatoes and used my lemon wedge to put a little citrus on my fish. As I ate I did encounter a few small bones. These were the only drawback to an otherwise perfectly satisfying dish. Rowena, my server, was always on top of things, and never intrusive. She even waited until I was through chewing before asking about my meal!
The dessert was another work of art. It was a sherbet glass of tapioca with fresh whipped cream and strawberry atop, with a dark chocolate stick artfully poised as if creating a bridge from the glass to the plate. The plate had a small cookie at the base of the chocolate stick, with both joined by a dollop of more whipped cream. Sauce "art" was a finishing touch, with passion fruit and raspberry sauces bringing loads of intense flavor to the tapioca's more gentle flavor. The contrast was interesting, though tapioca's not one of my favorites.
On the regular lunch entree menu you can find a Grilled Chicken Caesar ($12.50), Shoyu Flavored Crispy Chicken ($9.50), Grilled Rib Eye Steak ($15.50), Pasta with Fresh Vegetables in Basil Pesto ($11.50), and Mesquite Grilled Mahi-Mahi ($12). I did get word from PIC Executive Chef Andrew that a new menu's in the works that will take Bistro's dining experience at both lunch and dinner to new levels never before achieved. We can't wait!
Try PIC's Bistro Lunch for a power meal that's value-priced. Lunch is served Monday - Friday, from 11:30am - 2pm. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling 646-9171.