Guam Diner Bytes: Lago Cafe Restaurant launches new menu features

Guam Diner Bytes: Lago Cafe Restaurant launches new menu features

by Ken Stewart
Guam Food Guy

There are some interesting things going on at the Leo Palace Resort and in particular in the Lago Cafe, where I just happened to be having my lunch on the day of the great GVB BBQ Block Party. I found out that they had just launched their new menu (a project led by new arrival Chef Donn Gueniot). There are a few intriguing appetizers like the Homemade Mozzarella Sticks (I LOVE FRIED CHEESE with A GREAT MARINARA), Chicken Quesadilla, Nachos, Honey BBQ Wings, as well as a few appealing salads - the COBB looks awesome and there is a traditional Caesar. I had my eye on the Seasoned Tuna Salad, but then I noticed something next to these gargantuan burgers - it was a "LOCO MOCO" but not just any loco moco. It was a Curry Loco Moco - $13.50. It is a special blend of ground beef (8 oz.), that is served on curried fried rice blended with LAGO curry sauce, topped with a fried egg and served on a Creole coleslaw.

I have a thing for a good Loco Moco and there are several chefs who pride themselves on the Classic Loco Moco from Hawaii, which has brown gravy, grilled ground beef patty, and sunny side up egg on a bed of white rice. This one piqued my curiosity (explains why I ordered it). I did and when it arrived I was a bit just looked so yummy! The first bite brought it all into place and I didn't slow down to even catch my breath! The curried fried rice was so flavorful and the Certified Angus Beef burger patty had a tasty blend of spices. The curry sauce was savory and stroked my palate. I was astonished that I ate everything! I was informed that this Curry Loco Moco was a creation of one of their junior chefs whose been there six years. His name is Chef Joseph Raza, who is a six-year veteran at Leo Palace (he started when he was 18!).

Chef Donn had been telling me about his grandma's recipe for the New Orleans Style Bread Pudding with Coconut Pineapple Butter Rum Sauce - $6.50. I was trying to avoid desserts, but when he one out for me to sample. Wow! The Rum sauce and whipped cream were fantastic!...I had only expected to eat a few bites to just taste this dessert (not a big bread pudding fan), however, it was impossible for me NOT to finish this! It was like "CHRISTMAS" or some holiday when mom would make her famous bread pudding!). I then learned a secret. The bread used to make this bread pudding was day old croissants and cinnamon rolls, both of which are premium ingredients, especially when baked in a world class resort by competent pastry chefs.

There are more entrees to try out here at Lago, including the Fettuccine Alfredo, Beer Battered Fish & Chips, Steak Plate, and Kimchi Fried Rice! So we have a lot more eating to do!! See you on the other side of the table!!

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