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Black Burger on Saipan

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 HAVE you ever tried the Black Burger served at the N@chan Café and Restaurant in Garapan? I haven’t heard of black burgers nor seen any on Saipan yet so when I saw it on the menu, I decided to give it a try on Friday evening.

I was thinking they named it Black Burger because   they overcook the patty in a certain way, or something like that but when the burger was served, I stared at it in surprise. The bun was black, like those chocolate flavored buns. They have the buns specially ordered for them. Under the bun was a slab of melted cheese, a huge piece of homemade patties, and something which I loved—baked shredded cheese which was crunchy and crispy I ate it ahead of everything.

The sauce, tomato, onion and lettuce are not molded into the burger like regular burgers anywhere, which leaves you the choice to do as you please. You can insert them all, or just choose what you want. The burger was already a whole day meal for me. It also came with French fries, mayo and catsup dip. Not bad for $9 because you can share it with others. We only finished a quarter of the burger and took the rest of it home.

My dinner buddy decided to try the fish taco and Fish Meunniere Monk Style from the special lunch. N@Chan! staffer George said it was okay although it was already dinner time. Friend Rico joined us for dinner and he ordered one of the special lunch favorites—crunchy breaded shrimp with tartar sauce served on a platter loaded with rice, garlic bread, potato, salad, fruits, and corn.

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As a special treat for the local community, N@Chan! Café and Restaurant is offering 50 percent discount for all draft beer, cocktails, whisky and wines for the Happy Hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

For taco lovers, head to N@Chan!5 every Sunday to have your fill of tacos for only a dollar each. Tacos are $2.50 each on regular days. Go for the fish or tacos and chicken burritos which is covered in soft shell, or the beef taco wrapped in a hard taco shell.

All lunch specials are $7.50 and comes complete with soup and bottomless iced tea

N@Chan! also offers 10 percent discount for locals everyday from the ala carte menu.

On the weekdays, you can get a taco combination of all three kinds for $9, served with nacho chips. Taco rice is also available.

N@Chan! Café and Restaurant specializes on a fusion of Oriental, Asian and local cuisine. Popular pasta dishes are the Chamorro pasta which is again on the spicy side, carbonara and meat sauce.

Meat dishes for the special lunches include choices of sauté porkloin, Menchi Katsu which is fried cake of minced meat. The fish special dishes are fish fillet served sweet and sour with chili and black bean.

N@Chan’s lunch favorites are the garlic shrimp special lunches that include choices of garlic fruity shrimp, chili and garlic shrimp, grilled prawn with lemon butter sauce, and prawns and garlic set.

For the appetizers and chasers, selections include all-time favorites like oyster bacon, spicy shrimp, calamarez, chicken or beef kelaguen, Chamorro sausage, chicken chasers and more—from $3.50 to $8.

Splurge in the Surf and Turf section and have a feast of New York steak, Ribeye SteDSC_0992ak Tenderloin steak, or burger steak and local lobster combination. Premium seafood dishes are the Maine and local lobster prepared in a variety of delectable ways. Also check out the set menus of chicken adobo, fish sautéed & shrimp, peppered chicken in coconut; Japanese curry or the local curry, noodles, grilled salmon, Chamorro fried rice, loco moco, octopus fried rice and more. Each order of the set menu comes with rice, soup and salad.

Along the sandwich lines, N@Chan!5 boasts of the regular burger, bacon cheeseburger, Chamorro burger which you have to think twice if you have a low tolerance of anything spicy, chicken teriyaki burger, New York Steak, tenderloin steak and for the non-meat eater, fish burger. These are all served in customized rectangular wooden trays and costs from $7.50 to $15.50 for the whole meal.

The comfortable ambiance at N@Chan! provides several options to diners like the main dining section or you can go up to the elevated portion with cozy sofas for your meals or drinks and enjoy a bit of privacy, or you can have drinks at the bar counter.

For smokers and those who prefer the natural breeze, the tables outside provides the perfect place. N@Chan! general manager Lee Sungnam runs the place.

N@Chan! is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. WiFi is available. Only cash is accepted for now. For reservations, call 233-5233.

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Must-try burgers at the N@chan Cafe & Restaurant

THE Chamorro burger and the Teriyaki Oyako burger are two of the must-try burgers on Saipan and they’re found at the newly opened N@chan Café and Restaurant in Garapan.

Chamorro burger Photos by Raquel C. BagnolA burger is a complete meal by itself and finishing everything on the plate especially if you are not that hungry is not  easy.

I had the chance to dig into the meaty delights of both burgers during the café’s grand opening after sipping a cup of their delicious cappuccino.

N@chan’s Tomoko Shimizu convinced me and my coworker to try the burgers.

The Chamorro burger came on a huge plate with homemade patties, Chamorro sauce and served with Chamorro sausage and French fries. We dug into the burger with dainty bites at first, tasting everything on the plate. I skipped the Chamorro sausage as my tolerance for anything spicy is not that high.

A few minutes later, our Teriyaki Oyako burger arrived and I turned my full attention to it. The grilled chicken topped with Japanese Teriyaki sauce was just perfect, deliciously tender and blending well with the flavors of the scrambled eggs and mayonnaise. The Teriyaki Oyako burger also came with French fries and crispy chicken nuggets.

Teriyaki Oyaku burgerSadly, we were not able to finish both burgers as they were too big for us. Lesson learned —next time, come in with an empty stomach before you order a burger from N@chan.

At N@chan the patties are homemade and come with  distinctive flavors. All the burgers are served with French fries and chicken nuggets except for the Chamorro burger, which comes with Chamorro sausage.

You must also try the N@chan regular burger served with lettuce, tomato and onion, bacon cheeseburger which comes with bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion,  and the Okonomi sauce burger served with Japanese Okonomiyaki sauce and cabbage.

If you are really hungry, go for the  Big N@chan which lives up to its name and comes with double homemade patties, lettuce, tomatoes and cabbage.
If you want it hot, try the Chili Burger made with homemade patties and chili sauce.

N@chan is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every day except Tuesday. For reservations,  call 233-5233.

 

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