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Pika’s Cafe

Pika's Cafe
Pika’s Cafe

We started going to Pika’s Cafe when they first opened their doors and were located on the opposite end of the building they are currently located. The former location was smaller with only approximately 20 seats. Since expanding, they have grown their image and brand to be one of the island’s favorite breakfast and lunch joints with locals and visitors.

Bear was craving for their breakfast kimchee & bulgogi fried rice and salmon benedict so we rushed over and got there by 10:00 am knowing breakfast service ends at 10:30 am. We were told upon signing the wait list that it’ll be a 10 minute wait so we were happy that we’ll still be able to order breakfast.

During our wait outside one server opened the door as guests were leaving and mentioned that they would be opening on Sundays. I was surprised but saw it coming seeing with how popular the restaurant has become.

I would always tell others that Pika, co-owner of Pika’s Cafe, had mentioned during a Guam Women’s Chamber round table meeting that one of her conditions to her husband before opening the restaurant was that Sunday’s would be their family day to spend time with their children so opening on Sunday was off limits. I always thought this was a great ground rule and example for business owners with children. However on that same token I always thought Sunday was one day that many locals and visitors dined out and was a day that most restaurants should open their doors, especially the popular ones.

I checked their Facebook page and it confirmed January 22 as their first Sunday operation. Yay! We don’t only have Saturday to dine there. The wait would not be as long now that weekend diners have a choice or… are Sunday church goers going to be our next hurdle. The struggle is real with a restaurant in such demand. We need a plan of attack.

With that said, we finally got seated after 30 minutes and the lunch menu was now in effect. Bummers!

Coffee
Coffee first

Our server was courteous and consistently checked on us even as busy as they were.

Our server did not mention to us about opening on Sunday. Yet, I wonder if the owners dedicated another day of the week as their family day or is it still Sunday and they are entrusting the Sunday operation to their dedicated and hard working staff members to keep the restaurant afloat.

Breakfast at Pika's
Lunch at Pika’s

Bear ordered the Classic Burger Champ with Fried Egg. It was a very tasty burger and the ciabata bun, lana sauce, and avocado was a nice touch on the classic burger. However, he would have liked the the classic burger condiments of ketchup, mayo, and mustard in the burger or on the side. The burger was served alone with no starch. Regular or shoe string fries would complete the $15.00 dish. A small portion of fried taro, lemai, or banana chips would add an island touch.

Classic Burger
Classic Burger Champ $15.00

I was glad to a different item and ordered the Shrimp Club panini. The chili aioli had a slight kick and the panini was grilled to perfection. At $14.00, I also would have liked a starch to accompany my meal and maybe a creamy dipping sauce like ranch dressing to mellow down the chili aioli.

Shrimp Panini
Shrimp Club $14.00

I am glad to see how successful Pika’s Cafe has become. They have won in different categories for Pika’s Best over the years. We will continue to dine here even without the condiments and starches. It is one of our highly recommended places to visiting family, friends, and clients.

Pika’s Cafe $$
Open daily: 7:30am-3:00pm
888 N. Marine Corps Drive
Star Building,
Tumon
(Chamorro directions: across St. John’s school)
671-647-PIKA (7452)

View their menus at:
To Go: http://tinyurl.com/PikasToGo2015
Kids: http://tinyurl.com/PikasKids2013
Catering & Private Party Menu: http://tinyurl.com/Catering2014Pikas

Passion: Dining

VIP Restaurant

This past weekend we celebrated my mother and sister’s birthday at one of my mother’s favorite buffets, VIP House Chinese Seafood Restaurant aka VIP Restaurant. Mom’s birthday was on Saturday the 14th and Nita’s on Sunday the 15th.

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Before mom and Nita arrived, we set the table with their personal size birthday cake and pistachio cupcakes that we bought from Crown Bakery. We love that Crown Bakery has a variety of grab & go personal size cakes that are simply decorated and you can add a personal message, as we did. Our gathering was bitter sweet since my son and little sis & family live off-island. Mom was able to Facetime with them before lunch. Of course, we know that dad was watching over us and smiling down at mom.

The buffet offers 4 sections – fruits/appetizers, salad, hot items, and soups/dim sum. Coffee and tea are included. The self-serve ice cream station of approximately 6 different flavors helps complete your meal. I say it’s my palette cleanser station but that just helps me sleep guilt free at night.

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My buffet favorites are the fresh lumpia with peanut sauce, gin dui (sesame balls with red bean filling), bean sprout salad, fried wontons with sweet chili dipping sauce, and honey walnut shrimp. Bear’s favorites are the sashimi, kimchi, fresh lumpia, salt & pepper pork chop, and hot & sour soup.

Located within Pacific Bay Hotel in Tumon, the restaurant is ideal for small to large gatherings. Grab a quick bite to eat with coworkers, celebrate various occasions, or meet with clients.

Sections in main dining room contain 8pax rounds as well as regular tables for 2-4pax. Private rooms can accommodate up to 20 or more people. As a matter of fact, my company celebrated my birthday last year in one of the two private rooms which allowed us to setup gifts and laugh as loud as we wanted without disturbing other restaurant guests.

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Voted Pika’s Best Chinese Food in 2014, 2015 and 2016 says it all. I am very pleased that they revamped their menu and atmosphere.

VIP Restaurant, Pacific Bay Hotel
1000 San Vitores Road, Tumon
(Chamorro directions: next to Dr. Kabob, left of Churassco)
671-649-3222/8001
Open daily for lunch and dinner
Reservations recommended for groups 8 or more people

Passion: Dining, Familia