Bestseller Cafe - Where More Meets the Eye
Restaurant Review by Ken Stewart, The Guam Food Guy
When you think of a bookstore, it is understandable how you could associate reading books as feeding the mind. When you put a cafe in a bookstore, then you have the best of both worlds, the literary and the gustatory, and that's what awaits you at Bestseller Cafe, located in Tamuning's Guam Premier Outlets, adjacent to PC Outlet on the way to the WDI Megaplex. Most folks would think that the food court is where you can get all the food you'd ever need, however, there are a lot of goodies to be had at the Bestseller Cafe that you will not find anywhere in the food court!
When I went to the Bestseller Cafe, it was for a late lunch, and though I originally had a sandwich in mind, the large lighted display case captured my imagination and I fell for what looked like the largest spinach quiche slice I'd ever seen. For $3.50, I guess you certainly get your money's worth with Bestseller's Vegetarian Quiche. I also wanted something to satisfy my health "conscience", so I ordered one of the salads - the House Salad, which had mixed greens, dried apricots, cranberries, and pecans, along with a sour cream spicy vinaigrette dressing ($4.95). The server behind the counter put my quiche in the microwave, took my drink order for iced tea. Bestseller features Xanadu brand fine teas, and the flavor I had was Snow Monkey Plum, which is a blend of red ripe plums and fine black tea. For $1.50, it's reasonable, with the added feature that it is fresh brewed for you right on the spot, with the tea bag steeped in hot water before being poured in an ice-filled glass.
The sandwiches at Bestseller are huge! These are pre-made daily and wrapped in cellophane, and for this type of sandwich, I can honestly say that they literally sell themselves with their fresh-looking appearance, which is well-advertised as they are wrapped already sliced in half, center-side facing up! The slices reveal tomato, lettuce, an ample amount of sliced meat, and cheese. The Deli-Style Sandwiches ($3.75) I saw were a Turkey with Cheese and a Ham & Cheese. They also have a Roast Beef Sandwich, but I think they were out already of this one (only so many are made each day!). They had whole wheat buns, so I was happy to see that.
Bestseller Cafe has a full range of Espresso beverages (hot & cold), Chai, Torani Italian Syrup shots, and teas. A single shot of espresso is $1.50, and the other beverages go for $2.50 for a Cappuccino and $2.95 for a Cafe Latte or a Mocha. But the truly amazing thing about Bestseller that makes it a bookstore cafe beyond bookstores (and even other cafes!) is the "Sweet & Savory " menu items you can buy. This includes such exotic items as a Passionfruit Tartlet ($3.95), Pain Au Chocolat, Citrus Teacake, Spicy Ginger Teacake, Sour Cream Coffee Teacake, Chewy Date Bar ($1.75), Butterscotch Coconut Chip Bars, Cream Scone with Jam, NY Cheesecake, Fruit Crostata (Italian Style Tartlets-$3.95), and Biscotti. These are just some of the confections awaiting, and these are all made at Cup & Saucer, which is where all the magic happens! Bestseller Cafe is the "off-spring" of Cup & Saucer, and its talented Chef/owner, Ronnie Calvo-Perez, who also owns Firefly Bistro. So it's no wonder the food at Bestseller has such style, taste, and star quality. It's made in one of the island's best bake shops.
Bestseller Cafe is open early on weekdays, at 7am, with closing hours varying Monday - Thursday (9pm) Friday (10pm), and Saturday hours from 9am-10pm, with Sunday's schedule being shortest from 10am-8pm. Bestseller Cafe is a place where you can feed the mind with your favorite reading material and feed your body with more food than meets the eye!