Category: Japan

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Lunch specials at Tony Roma’s

OUR stomachs were already grumbling in hunger when buddy Donna picked me up for a late lunch and drove straight to Tony Roma’s in Garapan one Friday afternoon. I had always wanted to try the food at Tony Roma’s, but I thought it was pricey. If not for Donna, I would not have known that it offered $10 to $15 lunch specials. Finding a place to park even...

Yoshoku at Miyako
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Yoshoku at Miyako

WHEN I got an invitation to try out Yoshoko — Miyako Japanese Restaurant’s latest offering at the Hyatt a couple of weeks ago — I said “yes!” without having any idea what to expect. – I had visions of new sushi and sashimi servings in mind, and was unprepared when I came face to face with four mouthwatering sets of “Japanized” European dishes — Western-influenced cooking that originated...

Oleai Beach Bar & Grill: Your seaside dining place
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Oleai Beach Bar & Grill: Your seaside dining place

  IF you’re looking for a restaurant with the best waterfront and sunset view, Oleai Beach Bar & Grill still tops the list on island.After it reopened under new management three months ago, Oleai Beach Bar & Grill has again become an ideal venue for parties and get-togethers, and a place to hang out and enjoy the food and the view.I was there on Saturday for an early...

Lunch at Saipan's ‘secret’ Casa
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Lunch at Saipan's ‘secret’ Casa

(Photos by Patrick Horton) JUST behind the Kristo Rai church in Garapan is a house which is actually a restaurant that serves a wide variety of mouthwatering Japanese, Italian and other international dishes. Casa Urashima is not a new destination for me or for some of my friends. We have frequented it for its addictive coffee, ambiance and proximity to the office, but it recently announced its lunch...

New sushi and sashimi bar in Garapan
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New sushi and sashimi bar in Garapan

THE first thing that greeted me and my companion when we entered the smoky glass doors of this restaurant located at the second floor of the A1 Store in Garapan is the mouthwatering aroma of grilled beef, and the cozy atmosphere and spaciousness inside. I have been to the place once before, when it was still the former Myung Dong Korean Restaurant. The place is now called Garapan...

Surprise in Every Bite at the Miyako
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Surprise in Every Bite at the Miyako

PUSH open the doors of Miyako at the Hyatt Regency Saipan and be in for a whole new journey into a world of authentic Japanese cuisine with the creations of its new sushi Chef Miyako Ito.   I promised myself I was just going to take photos and not eat when I went to Miyako to sample the new line of heavenly delights on Friday evening. I was...

Coconut Tei Restaurant: Your bento stop in Garapan
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Coconut Tei Restaurant: Your bento stop in Garapan

THE minute you pushed open the door of this Japanese restaurant located just across the Fiesta Resort and Spa in Garapan, you will see a bar/counter with Japanese lanterns hanging from a roof of coconut leaves like it was an altogether separate stall inside. Rows of bottles of sake, Shochu and Japanese wines lined the upper shelves of the counter. The Coconut-Tei Restaurant in Garapan is a popular...

Excellent food amid beautiful antiques
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Excellent food amid beautiful antiques

A WHOLE new dining experience is in store for anyone who is looking for something new at the newly opened Café Judy’s in As Lito. If you have yet to experience dining in a setting surrounded by beautiful antiques and unique works of art, this is the place for you. Lunchtime on Friday took me and five officemates to try out the new place that just opened that...

Good food, good times at Naked Fish
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Good food, good times at Naked Fish

AN unexpected lunch call from one of my out to eat buddies dragged me out of bed and directed me to Naked Fish Bar & Grill on Saturday noon. Not yet conditioned to eat, I glanced idly at the lunch menu and ordered for the first thing that caught my attention from the seafood section — Fish Meuneire. My companions opted for the special $6 lunch of pork...

Rendezvous at the Sango Restaurant
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Rendezvous at the Sango Restaurant

IF there is one dining place that gives you the feeling of being away from it all and nothing else matters but the food, it’s Sango Restaurant at the Coral Ocean Point Resort in Koblerville.  Usually considered a very “out of the way” dining joint, Sango Restaurant makes up for the distance one has to drive. The ambiance alone  makes it worth your while. I and two buddies...