Guam Diner Bytes: World Cafe Lunch Buffet
If you’ve not yet been to the World Cafe at the Fiesta Resort & Spa in Tumon, you are definitely missing out on one of the island’s largest buffet selections. You will definitely understand why they live up to their name, “World Cafe” once you start taking an inventory of the variety of foods they serve in the buffet lines.
Among some of the more notable items are their olives, which seem to run the gamut of colors and types. They also have a Middle Eastern section replete with Tabbouleh, (Levantine Arab Salad made with couscous, tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint, onion, garlic, olive oil, & lemon juice), Hummus (Lebanese Chick Pea Dip), and Baba Ghanoush (Persian Roasted Eggplant Dip). Add these to pita and you’ve got a healthy, delicious treat! They pay tribute to cheese lovers, with grand displays of Stilton, Norwegian Jarlsberg, and green/yellow cheese cubes. Aside from crackers and in-house baked breads, they also offer grapes, dried apricots, sun-dried tomatoes and craisins.
For local dishes you can get chicken kelaguen and finadene, a variety of kimchis, cucumber salad, marinated salad, cauliflower and mushroom salad, seafood salad, bean salad, carrot salad, potato salad and pasta salad. There’s also a Mongolian BBQ station where one can choose from a range of toppings (oils and seasonings), vegetables, and meats that are grilled to order.
Among some of their hot items available on the day of my review were pizza, Spicy Potato Soup, Mahi Mahi with Yuzu Koshu Aoili, Lemon Soy Whole Roasted Chicken, Asian BBQ Shortribs, and a spicy Pasta dish with Kalamata olives, red onions, red peppers, and sausage. The buffet’s theme changes each day so there are different foods prepared and served from other countries. Mexican, Italian, Japanese, and Asian are some of the popular and recurrent food types.
Fresh fruits and a range of cakes, pies, tarts, and pastries are also part of the elaborate buffet. These pastries are also baked in house. Much of the credit for the World Cafe’s fabulous buffet is Executive Chef James Birk, who can be seen walking around checking on his buffet spread making sure that things are going as planned. He’s one of the few “working” Executive chefs (when I say working, I mean “cooking”). However you call it, the World Cafe at the Fiesta Resort and Spa is one of the most talked about buffets on island. It appeals to a large crosssection of diners who are there for all the good things they like to eat as well as to enjoy a magnificent ocean vista visible through the restaurants glasswindow walls!
$17.95 + 10% SC Monday - Friday
$20.95 + 10% SC Saturday
$24.95 + 10% SC Sunday
This article was originally posted on Stripes Guam website on Oct. 26, 2012.