Guam Diner Bytes: Michelle's Coffee Shop
Well, she said she would and she did!!! Yes, industriously energetic Michelle Kosloski opened her 2nd Michelle’s Coffee Shop location in Yigo on December 30. She’s been busy feeding lots of families and people who are very grateful to finally haver a good place to eat a value-priced meal in their neighborhood that satisfies all of their cravings! Michelle also holds the distinction of serving illy caffe’s Americano and other espresso-based beverages on request.
We stopped by on Saturday for lunch (just missed breakfast cut-off time of 1:30 p.m., however if the griddle’s still on, they will still prepare breakfast items). Zee had the Salt & Pepper Tofu with Garlic Rice - $9.00 plus $1.25 (for the garlic rice in lieu of white steamed rice). We also ordered one of the lunch specials on the board Sauteed Garlic Kang Kong ($7.99).
I manned up and ordered one of the Combo Plates - the Honey Walnut Shrimp with Salt & Pepper Pork Chops - ($15.99 plus $1.25 for Fried Rice in lieu of steam rice). This is one of Michelle’s most popular dishes and I think she should give out medals to anyone who can finish the whole plate! It seems that Michelle wants to give her customer’s more than expected! No one complains about not having enough!! Her new location is a little larger than her Mangilao store with more parking. I also am really liking her fried rice, too. For the meats and tofu you can use finadene as well as Donne Salii to spicen them up.
Michelle’s has party trays for all occasions, too! Keep her in mind when you want to order breakfast, lunch or dinner trays). Got to Michelle’s...you’ll need two bellies!!!
We wanted to stop by Delmonico Kitchen & Bar and see our good friend Executive Chef Eddie Chien. Unfortunately, he had to leave just before we arrived but he had already arranged to have Zee’s vegetarian pasta with portabello and peppers ready for her. We also ordered the Bacon + Tomato + Spinach Bruschetta - $7, with one piece not having any bacon. The French bread these came on had been toasted and this gave the bread a unique taste that supported the cheese, spinach, pesto, and tomato along with the balsamic vinegar drizzle.
I thought I could do with a salad so ordered the House Salad of Mesclun (small - $8, with Creamy Herb Vinaigrette and tomatoes). I was shocked when it came out because it was huge! I asked for side plates so we could share. The mixed young greens of the Mesclun were fresh and peppery. These delicious greens combined arugula, chervil, arugula, and some leafy lettuce. We managed to finish this!
I had been in a mood for a good steak and knew Eddie never disappointed me in his steak preparations. I had the 12 oz. New York Strip Loin ($26) prepared as No. 86, which is Char-broiled with a Parsley, Brandy Reduction. This came with a garlic mashed potato topped with cheese starch, which was far more than I could eat. In fact, I had to take over half of this and half of the steak home. We had such good service by Jess (we’d brought our own bottle of San Pellegrino) who twisted our arms into saving room for dessert!
Yes, the Lava Cake was baked and got served (allow 20 minutes preparation time). The hot flowing chocolate fudge flowed out like lava and blended with the vanilla ice cream (that only I could eat!). What a decadent chocolate delight this dish is, and very similar in concept to Roy’s signature Melting Chocolate Souffle! It’s a lovely ending to a dinner where wine was also a featured player.