Guam Diner Bytes: Tapanade Sangria & Tapas Sunday Breakfast

Guam Diner Bytes: Tapanade Sangria & Tapas Sunday Breakfast

by Ken Stewart
The Guam Food Guy

One of the things I really enjoy is eating a simple Sunday breakfast as opposed to gorging myself on a giant buffet spread. I had attempted to get to Tapanade to try the Salmon Benedict I'd seen on a FaceBook post. It was one that announced they were going to be open for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. The first Sunday we drove down from the Westin to eat this breakfast and we were disappointed that they were closed for a private function. So we went back this past Sunday with Carmen & Renee LaFata (with whom we had eaten at Tapanade that previous Friday for dinner (review will follow in a separate article). The best thing was that dinner was so impressive to our visitors that they agreed to join us for my birthday breakfast).

I recommend arriving before 10:00 a.m. to assure you get hot coffee when you order. There were four in our party and we all shared the same funny experience of being served a half a cup of warm coffee. I advised our server about the coffee and she apologized and brewed a fresh pot. This was the only 'hiccup' in our otherwise wonderful Sunday breakfast. Three of us ordered the Salmon Benedict ($11) which features Seared Salmon with Vegetable Haystack, 2 Poached Eggs on an English Muffin and Bearnaise sauce. While both Carmen and Renee had their eggs cooked a few degrees past poached (how I had mine). We all agreed that the salmon was cooked perfectly. In fact, the Salmon Benedict was so good that it interrupted our conversations for a while! The presentation is classy and inviting, with a balsamic vinegar ring circling both muffins and drizzled bearnaise atop and interlaid with the balsamic rings.

Zee had Noah's Breakfast Platter (Pancake, Mixed Fruit Compote, Chantilly Creme, Egg any style, and choice of meat - bacon, sausage links, chorizo sausage, or Portuguese sausage.) We had the eggs scrambled and ordered bacon, both of which she gave me. We liked the pancakes and how they were presented (the whipped cream and fruit compote makes it almost ready to eat...just be sure to ask for syrup).

I definitely will return to try other breakfast items, such as the Baguette French Toast, Breakfast Paella, Breakfast Sliders, and Stuffed French Toast (Stuffed with Nutella and Chantilly Creme. Or course, the ambiance of Tapanade adds sophistication and elevation to the dining experience.

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