Guam Diner Bytes: Sunflower Restaurant

Guam Diner Bytes: Sunflower Restaurant

by Ken Stewart
The Guam Food Guy

One of Tumon’s newer breakfast and lunch destinations is the Sunflower Restaurant in the Aurora Resort. Named after the Okura’s legendary Sunflower Coffee Shop, Sunflower Restaurant is in the same physical location, however, it has been opened up and modernized with a new color scheme that’s richer and frames what God has provided in a glorious ocean vista.

I arrived after the lunch crowd had dissipated and had a window seat. I couldn’t help but reflect on this room’s potential. They will be serving dinner and they will be serving cocktails. This could easily become a dining hot spot with that view! Keep in mind that like Old Town Chinese Restaurant downstairs, these operators inherited this prime Tumon oceanfront space that was held by a major hotel for over 35 years. If they can get their service staff up to speed and offer a dynamic menu, they’ve got a fighting chance.

I saw the menu and noted that it’s definitely in contention, with appetizers including calamari, shrimp tempura, buffalo wings, ahi poke, salmon cakes, and potato scallopini. They have salads, and specialty sandwiches including the Philly cheese steak, California club, and crab cake, as well as some burgers. They have several pilaf selections, and even a kid’s meal assortment that features sliders, mini hot dogs, chicken fingers, fish & chips, mini grilled cheese sandwiches and mini spaghetti Bolognese.

There is a 10% service charge added to your bill. The lunch hot plates include a reef fish of the day, fried chicken, Japanese curry, pasta dishes, Loco moco, basa filet, rib eye steak, and a house specialty, honey glazed barbecue ribs ($16.95). As I said, if they open for dinner, they’ll really be able to pay their rent!

I ordered the spicy buffalo wings ($6.95 for 6 pieces) with a spicy sauce (the other choice would be tangy). This comes with celery sticks and ranch dressing. These wings definitely had a “zing” to them, and you can see the red pepper flecks all over the outside! The wings were good enough.

My main course was a pasta dish, the spaghetti vongole ($14.50), which had baby clams sautéed in garlic, white wine, and parsley served over noodles along with garlic toast. This is a classic, flavorful Italian dish and I thought they did a fairly good job with this. The clams were delicious, and I really enjoyed their garlic toast. I really need to bring some more people here so we can share a rack of those ribs! Try Sunflower Restaurant – it’s got potential and they deserve to make this place work!

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