Guam Diner Bytes: The Deli at Meskla Meskla Chamoru Fusion Bistro

by Ken Stewart
The Guam Food Guy

It seems that Hagatna is definitely experiencing a culinary renaissance! As mentioned in today's newsletter intro, Guam is about to have a "bona fide" New York Style Delicatessen, which is set to open as soon as next week (if not today). This is another dream realized by Chef Peter Duenas and his wife/partner Monica. We had a chance to sample some of their deli sandwich creations during our MCA Board Meeting luncheon earlier this week at Meskla. The have a full menu of Specialty Sandwiches and House Salads. You can even Build Your Own Sandwich/Wrap ($8.99) using eight types of bread/wrap, one of 13 Meats and Toppings, six types of cheese, fresh vegetables, and spreads, including Boonie Pepper Aioli and Basil Aioli to name a few.

The first sandwich I tasted was the Chamoru Club ($10.99, with layers of ham, turkey, chorizo, egg, swiss cheese, lettuce, spicy mayo, tomato, and onions, served in fresh baked Pan De Leche). It was excellent! We were able to also taste the Ruben, French Dip Roll, El Cubano (bravo!!), Meat Lover's, Caprese Sandwich (Vegetarian), and the Turkey Boy! All of these sandwiches are worthy!

The Deli features a wide selection of cheeses and meats you can buy by the pound. They will slice, wrap, and weigh your meat...just like in the States! Meats by the pound include Pastrami, Corned Beef, Roast Beef, Honey Glazed Ham, Smoked Turkey, Roasted Turkey, Soft Salami, Hard Salami, Bologna, Smoked Salmon, Chorizo, Italian Sausage Loaf, and Bratwurst. Cheeses include Brie, Swiss, Smoked Gouda, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella, Fresh Mozzarella, Havarti, Cheddar, Provolone, Greyere, Boursin w/herbs, Blue Cheese, and Feta Cheese. There are salads, marinated vegetables, coffees, sparkling Pellegrino juices, olive oils, and other items. I am so looking forward to their opening for business. It is a welcome addition to the island's quality dining repertoire - how many times have your heard people lament the fact that Guam has no Deli!!!

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