Chef Juan Carlos Berrocal’s latest foray into Saipan’s flourishing restaurant industry is aptly named Infino and it opens today at the Old Tony Seafood location near the American Memorial Park along Beach Road in Garapan.
Berrocal, who used to own and operate Roque’s Tavern in San Roque and worked as executive chef for Kensington Hotel and 360 Restaurant, is ecstatic he finally opened a restaurant in the tourism and business district of Garapan.
And to celebrate the opening of Infino, the graduate of Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris, France will be offering a buffet of Italian, Peruvian, and Spanish cuisine for all comers starting today, Aug. 15.
For only $12, customers will taste such eclectic dishes like arroz verde con pollo, pesto penne chicken, Peruvian pork chaufa, Peruvian escabeche, Spanish white rice, Italian rosemary bake chicken, and the likes. The buffet comes with complimentary iced tea and dessert.
Aside from the daily buffet, which will be from Monday to Saturday, 11:30am to 2pm, Infino is also gearing up for its Sunday buffet which menu Berrocal and his staff are still finalizing. The Sunday buffet, which starts on Aug. 18, will also be from 11:30am to 2pm and will cost $16.
For those not fancying buffets, Infino’s a la carte menu is also available from 11:30am to 9pm and you read it right, the restaurant is open straight as Berrocal is not a fan of restaurants using broken schedules.
Soon Infino will also open for breakfast and will offer, among others, continental American breakfast with a sprinkling of Spanish (tapas), Peruvian (pork chicharron), and Italian (salad) dishes.
The well-travel chef said judging by the cuisine his new restaurant serves, Infino’s food will have no boundaries and it’s just fitting considering the multi-ethnic makeup of the CNMI, especially Saipan.
The melting pot of cultures—and by extension of cuisines—has truly endeared the islands to Berrocal, who first came to Saipan in 2015.
“I’ve really fallen in love with this place despite all the struggles I’ve experienced working and owning a restaurant here. Saipan is just so beautiful and the island hospitality and multi-cultural and multi-ethnic aspect of it is unparalleled,” he said.
Infino is located beside QQ Rent-A-Car in Garapan and managed by Yaya Luan. For reservation and for more information, call (670) 233-9966. Infino can also be reached via Facebook.