Monday, January 26, 2015

Buen Provecho

Guam comes to the Mission with Prubechu


You’re as adventurous a diner as the next guy.

But while you've snacked on escargots, frog legs, and rattlesnake, have you tried dishes from Guam?

Well, now you can at Prubechu.

Translated, the word means “you’re welcome” in Chamorro, the native language of Guam. Your guides here are the Shawns Shawn Camacho, former GM of The Palace, and chef Shawn Naputi (Incanto, Salumeria). They've taken over the old Roxy’s Café to deliver a little taste of Guam to the Mission.

So what does Guamanian cuisine taste like exactly, you ask? It turns out, there’s been a melting pot of influences: Spanish, Filipino, Asian and even German.

The most popular dish on the tasting menu is chalakilis (Achiote porridge with a poached quail egg, seared pork belly, and smoked pork shoulder). Call it comfort food with a kick.

Another stand-out on both the chef's tasting and a la carte menus: chicken keleguan. It’s a kind of chicken salad atop coconut flatbread, finished with a red pepper aioli, fennel sprouts, and fresh grated coconut.

Pro tip: the five-course tasting menu includes two amuse-bouche bites. And no, you don't have to share.


2847 Mission St. (at 24th St.), Mission
(415) 952-3654

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Metered street
Scene: Casual dining space serving exquisite dishes worthy of a more exclusive restaurant.
Best bets: Chalakilis; chicken keleguan; Miyagi oysters
Island idyll: The warm, downright balmy atmosphere comes courtesy of plants in every corner, dim lighting, and an open kitchen.
Nearby: Royal Cuckoo; Trick Dog; Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

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