Guam Diner Bytes: Pacific Star Cafe
Talk about innovative thinking! The Pacific Star’s management team found a way to satisfy the appetites and budgets of their military guests and families by opening the Pacific Star Cafe for dinner with an a la carte menu with a universal appeal.
Wait until the rest of Guam finds out about this dining bonanza!
Imagine. A main entrée, inclusive of your choice of salad or soup, dessert, coffee, and free-flowing iced tea – all for $15 plus a 10 percent service charge! Zee and I had a recent opportunity to try out some of their a la carte menu items. The photos really show the difference between an ordinary “salad” and the salad made by the Pacific Star’s culinary team.
The mixed green salad has mixed field greens, cucumber slices, carrots, onions, bell pepper, and tomatoes. We had a miso dressing. The salad lasted throughout the meal. Our first entree was the fish and chips, which uses American beer battered fish fillets that are deep-fried until golden brown. These are served with a generous pile of French fries and a tasty tartar sauce.
The next entree to arrive as the chicken tikka masala, prepared the British way (not as much spiciness as the Indian original). This has chunks of tandoori chicken that are served in a rich creamy tomato masala sauce. This is served with Basmati Rice and pappadam. chicken tikka masala is among the most popular dishes served in the United Kingdom.
Who else has an Elvis? This was the next entree. The Elvis, yes we are talking about Elvis, the King of Rock & Roll, and his all-time favorite sandwich, which has white bread with peanut butter, slices of fresh banana and three slices of bacon that are all Panini grilled! But there is more: You get TWO sandwiches in one meal!
These are served with French fries. Once you take one bite of this odd-sounding combination, you’ll be hooked. The combination of sweet and a little sour with the saltiness of the bacon. It works splendidly on the palate.
We then were brought out another entree, the Pacific Pulled Pork Sandwich, which has a mountain of slow roasted pork seasoned with herbs and spices. There are caramelized onions and drippings from the pork roast that work to season and flavor this large sandwich, which also comes with fries.
Other entrees on the menu include Pancit Canton, Pacific Star Burger, Tandoori Chicken, A French Dip, Create Your Own Pasta, and Gulli Matar Paneer (a vegetarian option).
Be sure to save room for dessert. They have a glorious strawberry cheese cake with a strawberry sauce. This is made by Pastry Chef Dominic. The other choice is ice cream (chocolate, strawberry, vanilla or ube – we had ube).
I am looking forward to our next visit to the Pacific Star Cafe to try out one of the entree’s we missed. Hope to see you there!
Ken “The Guam Food Guy” Stewart