Guam Diner Bytes: Jamaican Grill

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Guam Diner Bytes: Jamaican Grill

by: Ken Stewart | The Guam Food Guy | September 15, 2012
Jamaican GrillCuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
Price:
3
Review:
5
Hours: Tuesday: 10:00-22:00
Thursday: 10:00-22:00
Saturday: 10:00-22:00
: 10:00-22:00
: 10:00-22:00
Sunday: 10:00-22:00
Address:
Blgd 12, Chamorro Village
96910 Hagatna
Guam
Phone: 671-472-2000
Menu:
If you would have told me 10 years ago that Jamaican Grill would be selling fried parrot fish, I wouldn't have believed you! If you were to tell me that Jamaican Grill would have expanded from its Chamorro Village location to one in Tumon and to its largest in the Dededo Mall, I would have thought you were crazy! Guess I would have been wrong in both scenarios!
Yet I know I'm right when I say that Jamaican Grill has done more than just expand their locations, they have quadrupled the number of items served on their menu! Just take a look at how big their menu is! They started out with jerk chicken and ribs and fish (tuna or mahi). Anyway, I am just thrilled with how well Tim and Frank have done, and for sharing their dream with many people who are now making a living from what they started back in the day!
We stopped by the Tumon store the other night and though I'd originally wanted the fried jerk parrot fish ($14.95), I decided on the Jerk Burger ($9.50). I also wanted to try one of their new appetizer additions, the original Jerk Adobo Ribs ($5.95 half size), which we'd had before and I wanted to sample again. I really like the way they've blended and simmered the Filipino adobo flavors with their jerk seasonings to arrive at a completely different and savory hybrid rib. It's a fair sized portion for two to share.
The jerk burger features two quarter-pound, Jerk-seasoned ground beef patties topped with cheese, grilled onion and tomato. (Yes, the tomato is grilled too!) This is served on a freshly grilled onion bun that's got a pile of shredded lettuce on the top. You get a choice of fries or chips, as well as a choice of mayo (plain, horseradish or curry). I went for the curry mayo, but in a side dish. When asked for I wanted it cooked, I opted for medium.
When it arrived, it was medium well. This wasn't fatal, and I just added more curry mayo to lubricate the meat. Nevertheless, I did satisfy my craving for their jerk burger, though it would have been better had it really been cooked closer to medium.
Zee had ordered her fried jerk parrot fish. She ordered the Pika Vegetable Salad ($3.50), which was something I tasted and realized it was a bit too strong for my taste buds – talk about "pika." It's a spicy, vinegary blend of onions, carrots and cucumber with chili pepper sauce that's tart and fiery! You have to be ready for the rush.
the fried jerk parrot fish is best described by Zee as "catnip." I don't know whether it's the light jerk spice or the special oil they use to fry this fish in, but whatever it is, it's a darned good fish! Zee had fried tortillas with her fish in lieu of rice or fries. She shared a few pieces with me (I was so grateful!). This is one of their new homeruns!
Our server, Tamara, managed to talk us into a new dessert made by the good folks over at Sweet Relief exclusively for our Jamaican Grill, called Triple Chocolate Coconut Cake ($6.00). This is made with chocolate rum cake (couldn't really taste the rum), chocolate coconut mousse, and chocolate ganache topped with shredded toasted coconut. This is a huge dessert and we were unable to stop eating it until it was gone. Thanks, Tamara!!