Chamorro Grill (Grantville)

To be precise, it’s not really Hawaiian cuisine, but Guamanian or Chamorro. I was a bit intrigued to try the Island style dishes, which is my first time having Guamanian food.

It is located at the very corner of a strip mall, but after we arrived, we saw a few groups of people coming in for lunch.

It has a completely different menu from what you normally encounter at “L&L” or other Hawaiian places. It took me a while to study the menu, and decide what I was going to get.  You can take a look at their menu here.

We had Lumpia for starters. I like that it was not greasy or oily. The inside was filled with ground meat (I believe it was beef), and some veggie. It tasted kind of different from what I’m used to (Asian spring rolls). It was interesting to have it though.

Darren had the Chicken Kelaguen bowl and a pancit for the side. I tasted some of it, and I like the flavors. I don’t really know how to describe it, it was on the sour side, but not in a bad way. The chicken just tastes refreshing, and it was served room temperature, so it’s definitely a great lunch on a hot summer day.

My favorite was the pancit. It’s a simple dish, but it was just right! Get this as the side item if you ever go there.

Michael ordered the Kalua Pork. Comparing to the Chicken Kelaguen, it has much lighter flavors, and a little like barbecue pork.  If you prefer lighter flavors, try this instead of the Kelaguen.

Last but not least is my Fiesta bowl with the BBQ Chicken. We actually waited for a while for this to come out, and I don’t doubt that they did forget my order. I would say that this wasn’t worth the 20 minute wait. I’m not sure if they usually take that much time to cook this, but Darren and Michael said the wait can be long but this was even longer compared to their previous visits. The BBQ chicken wasn’t tender or juicy and it tasted salty. I enjoyed the rice and pancit more.

If you have never had Chamorro or Guamanian food, come and order the Chicken Kelaguan or Kalua Pork and pancit. I think this is the only Chamorro restaurant in San Diego.


Chamorro Grill
6628 Mission Gorge Rd,
Ste. C
San Diego, CA 92120
(619)280 2000

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About Jady

Yes, I love to eat. Enjoying food is a blessed experience; it brings people together, and helps create many beautiful memories (and even bad ones). Born and raised in Hong Kong, under the East meets West culture, a picky taste bud is in the blood. I have only been in San Diego for 3 years, and honestly there’s still a lot that I haven’t explored and tried. I hope to gain the most out of it before I leave the country by being a part of SDF.

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