Panoramic points of gastronomic interest

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Panoramic points of gastronomic interest

by: Tetsuo Nakahara | .
Stripes Guam | .
published: February 04, 2015

Guam is brimming with some of the most picturesque places to enjoy a fine meal, quick bite or chilled beverage of choice against a backdrop scenic beauty. To list them all would easily fill an entire newspaper or more. However, here are few to get you started.

Tumon

The Beach Restaurant & Bar

On the northernmost tip of Tumon’s shopping district, this establishment near Gun Beach, offers spectacular, unobstructed sunset views and lulling ocean waves on an expansive private beachfront. It features a large main deck with beachfront dining, live entertainment, and a full service bar and grill.

“Sitting at the water's edge with toes in the sand, most patrons order one of the Beach Bar's signature drinks, Octane 190, a refreshing slushy citrus concoction laced with spirits of grain alcohol to really enjoy Guam's beautiful sunsets. Other popular cocktails include Mai Tai, Long Island Ice Tea, Blue Hawaii and Lava Flow,” saaid Ernie Galito, director of business development. “Happy hour specials are offered between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to quench anyone's hefty thirst or just to relax and enjoy the idyllic scenery.”

Tel: 649-7263
Address: 1199 Pale San Vitores Road, Tumon
Hours: 11 p.m. – 2 a.m.
URL: www.guambeachbar.com

Tree Bar

Hilton Guam Resort & Spa’s Tree Bar is a bit elevated from sea level, which allows for a more scenic view of the entire Tumon Bay. The open air poolside restaurants holds various events from concerts to pool parities where you can enjoy with swim suits during the day. It is popular spot for both locals and tourists.

Enjoy the poolside lunch as you overlooking the turquoise ocean color. In dinner time, fire dance show is popular entertainment. The Tree Bar Burger, Wood Fire Mahi Mahi Tacos, and Loco Moco are some of the popular menu items here.

“Any part of the day offers a view, however, the early evening when the sun sets over the horizon, and a cool breeze of awe inspiring fresh ocean air – brings the view into full fruition while capturing all the senses,” said Kevin Sasano, Hilton Guam’s director of food and beverage. “From Strawberry Caipiroska, fresh coconut mojitos and frozen beer. This includes our 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hafa Dai Happy Hour Menu. … We offer an array of flatbreads, ribs, steak, handhelds and salads.”

Tel: 646-1835
Address: 202 Hilton Road, Dededo
Hours: 11 a.m. daily till 10 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, 11 p.m. Friday and 12:30 a.m. Saturday
URL: www.hiltonguamresort.com/dining-venues/tree-bar

Toh-Lee Chinese Restaurant

Perched on the 16th floor of Hotel Nikko Guam, Toh-Lee’s has one of the most spectacular panoramic views of Tumon Bay. White sand beaches and the deep ocean blue of the bay and the Philippine Sea are all in plain view from Tumon’s northernmost tip.

“With the clear view of the crisp blue sky and beautiful ocean life below during lunch service, and being the prime location to watch the beautiful transformation of a fiery sunset – to the twinkling lights of the entire Tumon Bay skyline, Toh-Lee’s view is amazing at any time of day,” according to spokeswoman Sandra Flores. “You can also enjoy Toh-Lee’s magnificent view on Saturday and Sunday, when Toh-Lee offers all-you-can-eat-dimsum.” …

Some of the more popular items are the live lobster prepared in the style of your choosing, prawns with mayonnaise or chili sauce, rib-eye with macadamia nuts, roasted pecking duck skin, three kinds of seafood with vegetables, deep fried chicken Toh-lee style, mapu tufo, hot & sour soup, abalone and jelly fish,” she add.

Tel: 671 649 8815
Address: 245 Gunbeach Rd, Tumon
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
URL: www.jalhotels.com/overseas/asia_pacific/guam_restaurant

Barrigada

Papa’s

Papa’s has been a local favorite for its great view and food since 2013. It sits on a ridge just below the airport but well above Tumon Bay for a vast panoramic bay area view. This is a great place to lounge with friends or for a romantic dinner. It also offer Sunday brunch with terrace seating for the whole family.

“We are located overlooking Tumon bay on the western horizon of Guam, so you can see the amazing sunset. And for night, customer can enjoy colorful city lights of Tumon area,” says manager Erezeil Cortez. “For appetizer, I highly recommend calamari fries, which are deep-fried calamari slices with butter served with sweet chill glaze on cabbage slaw. Are steaks are very popular. A popular item on the menu is our T-bone steak (16 oz) and marinated rib eye.
  
We have very friendly guest service. We also have a lounge area with variety of alcohol. So, you can use in different occasion.”  – Erezeil Cortez, manager at Papa’s.

Tel: 671 637 7272   
Address: 807 Route 10A Tiyan Parkway East, Barrigada
Hours: Daily, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
URL: www.facebook.com/PapasGuam/timeline

Sagano

Sagano is a Japanese restaurant in Onward Beach Resort located at Hagatna Bay. It’s one of the best places to sample fresh sushi will taking in an amazing bay view. Don’t miss their Sunday Japanese brunch buffet which includes tempura and “nigiri” sushi as well as dessert. Their main as well as private dining rooms have married a modern and linear look with traditional Japanese aesthetics.

“Sunset is the best view from the restaurant. I recommend making reservations for when we open at 5: 30 p.m. so that you can enjoy the beautiful sunset view,” said Yuta Yokoyama, manager. “Our popular menu items are sushi, tempura and ‘shabu shabu’ (beef).”

Tel: 647-7777
Address: 445 Governor Carlos G.Camacho Road, Tumuning
Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
URL: www.onwardguam.com/hotel/dining/sagano

Hagatna & Asan

Ture cafe

This café is probably one of the closest to the beach; it is literally right on the white sands of Hagatna Bay. It is a local-style friendly restaurant offering breakfast items such as pancakes and bagels as early as 6:30 a.m. With breakfast comes a breathtaking sunrise view that will surly make your day special.  Grab the outside terrace table, kick back and listen to the ocean sound with cool breeze.

“Pancakes and Spam-fried rice are popular here in the mornings. The most popular dish from our lunch menu is the Bayside Burger as well as Loco Moco and salmon steak with soy butter sauce,” said staffer Juvi Lambatin. “We offer beach view that anyone can enjoy from our open-air patio with a nice breeze. I would say the perfect view from here is in the morning as well as night time. In the night time, the bayside view is very nice.”

Tel: 671 479 8873
Address: 349 Marine Corps Drive, Hagatna
Hours: Weekdays 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; till 3 p.m. on weekends
URL: turecafe.com/TuRe_Cafe/Home.html

Sunset Grill

If you want to grab a delicious pizza and ice cold beer with a great sunset view on an open patio, then – as the name suggest – this is definitely the place to go. Sunset Grill is on the beachfront at Asan Beach, where you can relax with your swimsuit. The pizza dough is handmade and grilled in pizza ovens that resemble barbecue pits. Along with pizza, they have variety of burgers and sandwiches.

“We have a spectacular view of sunset here.  So, around from 5 p.m. is the best time to enjoy the view,”  said owner Sue Huck. “Our popular pizzas are margarita and Erika’s pizza, which is red sauce, pulled pork, pepperoni and sausage topped with cheese blend. For cocktails, Pina Colada is a customer favorite. … On Tuesday, all the liquors are $1 off. Also, Every Sunday night, we have the best local bluegrass band playing. We also have a live band on Friday and Saturday night.”

Tel: 472-3202
Address: Marine Corps Dr. Asan,
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Mangilao

Onward Mangilao Golf Club

Onward Mangilao Golf Club is one of the most beautiful golf courses on island. Located on the central eastern coastline of Guam, it is offers dynamic landscape with an ocean view. Its famed Hole 12 is on the waterfront of an elevated green. Even if you don’t golf, it is still worth a visit for lunch.

The clubhouse, which is open to all golfers and non-golfers alike, offers amazing ocean view with Japanese cuisine.

“We are the only restaurant on Guam that offers a 180-degree panoramic view of the Pacific. The best time to enjoy the view is in the morning since we are facing east, but anytime during the day offers gorgeous ocean scenery,” said Takako Kano, sales and marketing manager. “The most popular dish cooked by Japanese our chefs include steak and beef curry rice. Customers also favor or ‘gomoku’ noodles, which are noodles topped with stir-fried vegetables and pork.”

Tel: 734-1111
Address: Route 15, Pagat, Mangilao
Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
URL: www.mangilaogolf.com

Talofofo

Jeff’s Pirates Cove

Jeff’s Pirate’s Cove is in the village of Talofofo on Guam’s southeastern section of Route 4. The area offers many attractions and unique points of interest. This is no ordinary restaurant. It not only offers great food, but there’s also a museum, weather station, gift shops, historical sites and even a basketball court.

The museum holds collection of rare seashells, glass fish floats, stone tools and many more. Make sure to bring your kids to check out Jeff’s original pirate apparel at the gift shop. This area is a perfect place to enjoy fishing, kite boarding, or just beach combing in the peaceful countryside. 

“The most popular thing at Jeff’s Cove is the homemade half-pound cheddar cheese burger with fries. We do a lot frozen tropical cocktails like pinacoladas, margaritas. We also have kids menu for children,” said owner Jeff Pleadwell.  “We have great sunrise view here, and we have a breakfast from 8 o’clock in the morning. So, I think the morning time for breakfast or visiting here early morning is the best time to enjoy the view.”

Tel: 789-2683
Address: #111 Rt. 4, Ipan Talofofo
Hours: Daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; till 7 p.m. on Sundays
URL: jeffspiratescove.com

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