Guam Diner Bytes: Islander Terrace’s international nights

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Guam Diner Bytes: Islander Terrace’s international nights

by: Ken Stewart | The Guam Food Guy | November 05, 2014
Islander TerraceCuisine: International
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Hours: Thursday: 18:00-21:00
Saturday: 18:00-21:00
Hilton Guam Resort & Spa
Phone: 646-3463

When you’ve been around as long as the Hilton has, you have a wealth of experience you can draw on, especially when it comes to great culinary traditions. That’s kind of what they are bringing to the buffet table – their best practices game – the things that worked well and resonated with customers. We’re talking about some of the special treats we enjoyed at the legendary Genji Restaurant – an icon among Japanese restaurants that still remains in the top echelon of Guam’s great Japanese dining destinations.

Well you can get some of that experience right now at the Islander Terrace’s Genji Station, which features traditional “shabu-shabu” meats, “kakiage” tempura (mixed vegetable), shrimp tempura, buckwheat soba noodles, “chawanmushi” (steamed custard) sushi, sashimi, “karaage”-fried chicken and even ahi poke.

Now let’s keep in mind that while this is still a buffet, it is a buffet that celebrates and honors old traditions of excellence. There are those who remember that golden age when the Hilton was home to a venerable Chinese restaurant, which was more than an ordinary restaurant – it was a dynasty!

The visuals supporting this channeling of Chinese cuisine are quite dramatic, with glistening bronzed Roasted Beijing Peking Duck and charsiu pork hanging from above. The Hilton’s expert chefs cut these into manageable pieces for guests to enjoy.

Hoisin and sweet chili sauces, as well as other condiments are available to enhance your tasting experience. Dynasty’s original fried rice, Salt & Pepper Shrimp, steaming dim sum, siu mai, the famous Dynasty Plain Buns await your selection.

The Islander Terrace has long celebrated and honored the culinary traditions of our Asian neighbors. From the Philippines we have Lechon Kawali (to be dipped in Mang Tomas), Islander Chicken Panggang, japanese pork curry, Thai curry, and Indian curry, along with chutneys, spicy sambal olek, crispy papadam, cold pork ears, Thai beef noodles, and from across the seas, Carribbean spicy barbecue pork ribs.

Steamed vegetables, a Cheese assortment of soups, breads, farm fresh salad ingredients and much more add to this global culinary extravaganza that even brings pizza pie, flavorful New York strip loin, and quiche Lorraine to the table. Be sure you leave room for dessert.

This feast ($38 for adults, $22 for ages 5 - 11) is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays,6-9 p.m.

Stay tuned for more exciting news from the Islander Terrace. I heard there may be a chef coming in from Shanghai from a sister property to prepare a Chinese feast. That is going to be a feast you don’t want to miss!