Guam Diner Bytes: Beachin' Shrimp
Coastal Cuisine has hit the shores of Tumon and the word out is “It’s Beachin’”!!! Yes, the buzz that had been swirling around the construction and opening of Beachin’ Shrimp in the old Bully’s location has diminished and changed to the hum of a cash register! Beachin’ Shrimp is Tumon’s newest eatery and is hip, stylish and as trend-setting as far as restaurants go. The menu crosses a wide swath embracing American, Cajun, Italian, Basque Spanish, Chamorro, Brazilian, Mexican, Southern Californian cuisine. Its imaginative and provocative menu highlights sophisticated contemporary trends and appeals to most preferences unless for some reason you can’t eat shrimp.
The owners and operators of Beachin’ Shrimp have channeled their resources and management expertise into creating a casual dining eatery with a full-service bar with both indoor and outside cafe-style seating. The color schemes and ambiance are whimsical and attractive, with imaginative graphic shrimp-themed art pieces decorating the walls. The mouth-watering shrimp-centric menu is visually appealing and does an extraordinary job of selling each entree with vividly alluring descriptions.
I was invited to try some of these menu items for lunch a little over a week ago and I am pleased to share my findings. The California Shrimp Rolls ($11.99) came out first. Described as “inspired by Southern California”, these rolls contain hearty pieces of shrimp, fresh avocado, Monterey Jack Cheese, onion, and Applewood smoked bacon, all wrapped in a crispy roll. This is served with a homemade ranch dressing that is embellished by a Rota pepper kick! These tasty chasers are ample for sharing and hold up well if you have them wrapped to go.
One dish we ordered that didn’t have shrimp was the Classic Caesar Salad with Smoked Salmon - $19.99. Again, a very sizeable salad big enough for 3-4 people to share, loaded with smoked salmon pieces. The crisp romaine was cleanly dressed and accented by crunchy croutons. They also have a Classic Caesar without salmon or shrimp for $12.99.
Next on the agenda as the Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Potato Fries. These meaty fellahs are also good chasers (great for happy hour) and come with a Thai Sweet chili sauce. I remember when they first introduced Sweet Potato fries to the market. They are considered a healthier alternative to regular potato fries. They work with this dish. The deep fried shrimp are juicy and are covered with what I thought was more of a panko batter than the tempura batter that’s described in the menu. Still a good item.
The Gambas Al Ajillo (Spanish Garlic Shrimp) - $15.99 promised and delivered a full-on garlic experience! This is a classic Tapas staple from Spain! The juicy shrimp are sauteed in olive oil and literally smothered with garlic and crushed red pepper flakes. They further enhance this with a touch of smoked paprika. This dish is served with French bread and rice. So far this was my favorite as I’m a garlic lover from as far back as I remember!
The final entree delivered was the restaurant’s Signature dish, “Beachin’ Shrimp” which was served in a large bowl with Angel Hair Pasta ($18.99). Derived from a secret recipe the CIA can’t even unravel, this broth is simmered for 10 hours using “the finest natural ingredients” that create this uniquely-flavored, spicy broth. It is delivered piping hot and served with French bread that you can dip to your heart’s content. Beachin’ Shrimp can also be served with white rice in lieu of pasta.
The last item I was able to sample (I was already pushing my limits) was something that completely surprised and delighted me! Would you believe they offer a dessert that is famous is Saipan? Yes, they’ve created an Apigigi Dessert ($8.99 ), which is definitely an authentic local dessert. This has grilled banana leaves and has 2 pieces of apigigi along with 2 scoops of ice cream with a mango sauce. I liked the presentation and only wished there was more!!