Guam Diner Bytes: Majesty Chinese restaurant
If you were to ask me what kind of food I’d love to eat when visiting Saipan, it would hands down be Chinese, especially if I was dining with several people. I don’t know what it is about Chinese food in Saipan and why it seems to be better prepared than what we get on Guam. I do know that the lunch we had at Majesty Chinese Restaurant was a feast with every dish meeting and exceeding our taste expectations!
From the outside, you can tell that this is a Chinese restaurant with an ego – something I surmised by the impressive decor and ornamentation. There are red and gold pillars, gold medallions, hanging lanterns, and wooden crabs. The craftsmanship of the exterior is a sign of what awaits inside.
The interior ambiance reflects the quality of the food and service guests expect. This is not a large establishment, yet they have done a remarkable job of tastefully designing and placing art pieces to reach regal appearance. That’s where the name Majesty comes into play!
There were four of us at the table, which is a good start and what I consider to be the minimal amount of people to fully enjoy a Chinese meal. So, we ordered the Hot & Sour Soup ($12), which was quite good. There was even more than we could eat as a group.
Next came our Steamed Lapu Lapu (1-1/2#). It came served on a platter with soy sauce and green onions with a little ginger. One of our servers de-boned the fish and returned the fish platter to us ready to eat! The fish was so fresh! We were told it had been caught that morning.
Our order for the half-roasted duck was delivered. The platter was garnished with parsley topped by a thinly-sliced carrot in the form of an intricate flower! A small side dish was brought later with orange marmalade and plum sauce. The duck was roasted perfectly and everyone had their fill.
We had ordered some Shumai which didn’t disappoint either, although they didn’t have any of the hargau (Shrimp dimsum) we wanted. The Yangzhou Fried Rice ($10) was served and was full of ham chunks and shrimp pieces. It was nice, light and fluffy. While we were awaiting the walnut shrimp that one of our party had ordered, our server came out with an order of Hong Kong Style Shrimp ($18).
This was something one of the managers had suggested we try. This dish had jumbo shrimp that are deep fried and covered with a crunchy crumb mixture with garlic and peppers. The shrimp still had their shells intact. These were crunchy much the same as salt and pepper shrimp, where you can eat the entire shrimp. The meat of the shrimp was so juicy that it would literally explode in your mouth! Extraordinary dish!
Our Kang Kung with Garlic ($10) was delivered next. We did our best to finish this but could only manage about two thirds! It was fresh, vibrant and flavorful. The walnut shrimp ($18) platter came. It was also presented exceptionally with cucumber garnish and pineapple slices. The walnuts were candied with sesame seeds and there were fruit pieces in the light sauce. Very good again!
Finally, we received the Sesame Balls ($6) that I ordered when we’d ordered the dim sum. These weren’t balls as we normally expect. They were elongated ovals, more like buns. They were perfectly fried and the red bean inside oozed out with each bite. I drank plenty of hot jasmine tea relax my stomach-we all did! It was quite a feast after all. I did manage a little Almond jelly dessert bowl they’d offered just to finish the traditional way!
All in all, the Majesty Chinese Restaurant was an exceptional dining experience appreciated by our entire team. We were treated like royalty. We were treated “majestically.”