Guam Diner Bytes: Take a food adventure

by Ken Stewart
The Guam Food Guy

One of the great food adventures in Hawaii are the little eateries serving Plate Lunches, which typically have a scoop (or two) of rice, a salad (or kimchi), and a protein (Pulehu Beef, Pork Loin Katsu, or Garlic Sesame Chicken). Moreover, these places are popular because they are affordable. Well now you can get your taste of the Hawaiian Islands right here on Guam with affordable prices and impressive portions at a newly-opened restaurant called Ono Hawaiian Bar-B-Que & Dessert Bar. Formerly Mr. Chen's, it is located next to Inland Builders.

Now, don’t be put off by appearances! The surrounding area and exterior may not look all that inviting, but once you open the door and walk in, you are struck by colorful Hawaiian imagery. The restaurant is spacious and clean. There’s even a very large poster(it’s more like a wall chart or bill board) of OHB’s menu selections, all prepared and advertised in brilliantly colored plated food photos. My goodness, if the food could only taste as good as it looks in these pictures!! I ordered several dishes, one from the OHB Specialty Dishes side of the menu and two from the Plate Lunch menu. The OHB Specialty pasta dishes come with Garlic Bread, just like my Shrimp Scampi Linguini ($9.75), which tasted as good (if not better) as I’ve had anywhere else for twice the price. The shrimp are plentiful and the creamy cheese and garlic sauce was really good, so good that I couldn’t help but concentrate on this dish until I finished it. The Plate Lunch I ordered was the Hawaiian BBQ Spareribs ($5.75 mini) which has 1 scoop of rice and a little less meat than the Regular size ($7.75). The ribs had a semi-sweet tangy bbq sauce and were generously sprinkled with sesame seeds. My salad choice was kimchi.

My second Plate Lunch was the Hawaiian Huli Huli Chicken ($5.75 /mini, $8.75 for Reg). This time I had the regular portion with two scoops of rice and half a chicken. I also had the macaroni salad (large serving). Most of this dish I took back to the office and shared. The chicken was juicy and tasted like the Huli Huli I’ve had in Hawaii.

Some of the other Plate lunches featured are Mochiko Chicken, Bar-B-Que Kalbi Ribs, Cold Ginger Chicken, Beef Chopsteak, and Teriyaki Beef. Some of the OHB Specialty Dishes are Seafood Pasta Pomodoro, Hawaiian Loco Moco, Double Beef Burger, Fish & Chips, Walnut Shrimp, and Seafood Stuffed Coconut Shrimp, and Aloha Fried Rice with 2 Eggs. Now doesn’t all of this sound good? OHB offers take-out, catering and will host private functions. They can seat around 50 people. While I was there, they didn’t yet have their dessert bar set up. It’s still a work in progress.

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