Hyatt offers a treat for the graduates of 2019

Posted on Jun 06 2019

Hyatt Regency Saipan chef Zen Tomokane and Hyatt outlet manager Pola Castro shows the Teppanyaki Graduation Special Dinner composed of certified Angus beef sirloin steak, jumbo tiger prawns and farmer’s basket vegetables.

Hyatt Regency Saipan is celebrating this year’s graduation season with special meal packages for the graduates and their families at the hotel resort’s Giovanni’s and Teppanyaki restaurants, as the hotel’s way of recognizing this milestone and the achievements of the Class of 2019.


Hyatt Regency Saipan chef Zen Tomokane knows what it feels like to graduate and achieve one of your dreams and Giovanni’s would like to celebrate that.

“Graduations are celebrated by the whole family and this is our way of celebrating with them by making available food that is meant to be shared,” Tomokane said.

That includes the signature pasta sauces that Giovanni’s is known for. “We take pride in serving the community with our authentic pasta dishes as every ingredient is carefully thought of. …We do not do ‘short-cuts’. …Our goal is for our guests to have the best dining experience,” Tomokane said.

Carbonara, puttanesca, and spaghetti vongole are some of their more popular pasta dishes.

As a treat to the graduates, order three pasta dishes and get a complimentary pizza of your choice.

“You can order any of your favorite pasta dishes from the Giovanni’s menu and also choose the complimentary pizza that you like. This package is good for a family of four to five members,” Tomokane said.

The carbonara is cooked in authentic Italian style, with no cream. Just egg yolk, pepper, salt-cured guanciale or pork cheek and topped with hard cheese.

Puttanesca is made with a rustic tasting tomato sauce that bursts with flavor from the anchovies—just like how the Italians like it.

Spaghetti vongole is white wine-based with shortneck clams and tossed with fresh pesto.

One pizza favorite in the Giovanni’s menu is the “Bianca,” which is made of hand-tossed and rolled pizza dough, topped with pesto, traditional tomato and garlic cream sauces, grilled vegetables, and shaved prosciutto.

Hyatt’s graduation meal package is ongoing up until the end of June.

Aside from the delicious pasta and pizza dishes, Giovanni’s also serves “spritz” or aperitif throughout the year.


Hyatt Teppanyaki’s “Certified Angus Beef Natural” shows what farm-to-table really means in presentation and taste.

The Hyatt teppanyaki also has a “Graduation Special Dinner” menu. The meal starts with a garden salad with sashimi, tomato, cucumber and sesame dressing. The main dish is composed of certified Angus beef sirloin steak, jumbo tiger prawns, and farmer’s basket vegetables. Fried rice, miso soup, and dessert of the day are included.

“This set menu goes for only $55 for the graduate(s) and $75 for non-graduates, ” Tomokane said.

For this offering, the Hyatt Club membership discount does not apply because the meal is already discounted.

Hyatt also has an ongoing promo called “Certified Angus Beef Natural.” For only $60, this meal is composed of 8 ounces of grass-fed tenderloin steak, with grilled potatoes, mushrooms, and house-infused soy sauce, and fried rice. This time, Hyatt Club membership discount applies.

This promo highlights the farm-to-table concept, Tomokane said, as the cattle were never given antibiotics or growth hormones and were simply grass-fed.

The beef is marinated with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and rosemary “then we flame broil it on the grill with fried rice,” Tomokane said. “Guests will get the real beef flavor as there is no fat in the lean meat. …The sauce gives a different flavor to the meat as we use aged soy sauce, flavored with rendered fat.”

Pola Castro, the outlet manager for Giovanni’s and Teppanyaki, said that this is Hyatt’s way of highlighting the restaurants and its signature dishes. “This is also our way of telling the community that they can get quality dishes at affordable prices.”

Giovanni’s is open daily except on Mondays, from 6pm to 9pm, “El Praso” on Fridays, which is Italian lunch buffet, from 11:30am to 2pm, and Sunday Brunch from 11am to 2pm.

Teppanyaki is open daily except Monday, from 6pm to 9pm.

For reservations, call (670) 234-1234.

Bea Cabrera
Bea Cabrera, who holds a law degree, also has a bachelor's degree in mass communications. She has been exposed to multiple aspects of mass media, doing sales, marketing, copywriting, and photography.
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