Kamakazee’s is back and better than ever

Posted on Jan 18 2023

Kamakazee’s is located right across the building of Hot Deals and Lollipop’s in Beach Road, Garapan. (LEIGH GASES)

Kamakazee’s has finally reopened on Martin Luther King Jr. day, Monday, Jan. 16, after closing for a couple of months due to renovation—with a revamped and even more delicious menu fit for anyone looking for a great dining experience.

Give your taste buds something different to rave about with Kamakazee’s famous poke nachos—which is a flavorsome combination of wonton chips, tuna poke, spicy crabmeat, edamame, cucumber and carrot slices, bonito flakes, nori, furikake, and mixed with spicy mayo.

Reeka Cruz, owner of Kamakazee, and her husband, Michael Guerrero, pose in front of a painting of a bird of paradise flower, which is also the letter K’s in their logo of their restaurant, Kamakazee’s.(LEIGH GASES)

Along with the poke nachos are other favorites of their diners since officially opening back in September 2021. You can find on the Favorites section of the menu with the poke nachos are the Kamakazee fried rice, bacon carbonara, fish tacos, flavored fries, binadu (deer) dip, and mozzarella sticks.

The menu doesn’t end there as you need not look any further to get your Mediterranean, local, or vegetarian fix than at Kamakazee’s location in Beach Road, Garapan, right across the building of Hot Deals and Lollipops. For now, their business hours are 11am to 2pm, from Monday to Friday.

Beef shawarma rice bowl with onions and tomatoes, pickles, Tzatziki sauce, and naan bread. (LEIGH GASES/DONNA RIVERA)

With a whole lot of burgers, salads, bowls, sandwiches/wraps, and vegetarian options, and also an ever changing lunch special menu, you and your friends will always have something new to try.

Their burger menu includes the smash burger with double smashed patties, bacon cheeseburger, chipotle burger, Kamakazee burger, portobello burger, and the inferno burger.

Their hearty and delicious bowls include poke bowl, Mongolian beef bowl, fajita bowl, shawarma bowl, and spam musubi bowl.

Reeka Cruz, who was lovingly called “Ka” by her family and friends growing up, chose the name of her restaurant due to her spontaneous and bold ways during her formative years and just found the name Kamakazee, (in reference to the word kamikaze) to be fitting.

Growing up in a big Filipino-Chamorro household of 12 siblings on Tinian, Cruz loved cooking big meals for her family. 

Now, the 32-year-old continues her passion for cooking and has made it her life’s work to get her food from her kitchen and into people’s stomachs.

Wife to Michael Guerrero and mother of three of her own—with one on the way—and to three adopted children, along with being a business owner, and a part-time cake decorator at Herman’s Bakery, Cruz was asked how she handles everything, and she said, “I do this because I want to share my livelihood, my interests, my talents, and my passion with everyone else. That’s the main reason why I opened Kamakazee’s because it’s what I love doing. What I love doing makes people happy, so it makes me happy.”

With her family surrounded by food and cooking, she said her children are following their footsteps. Her 13-year-old son sometimes cooks for their family and with that, she said “I’m really looking forward to my kids growing up. They are going to be involved and they’re going to be surrounded by food. They’re going to be surrounded by business and that they’re going to want to grow up and be a part of it.”

“That’s why it’s not really work—we’re making it into a family thing,” she said about her daily life as a mother, wife, business owner, and chef.

Cruz invites everyone to try out their new menu and to “come on down, support local, try out what we have to offer with our new menu of delicious, unique dishes, and comfort food that you would surely enjoy and come back for more.”

Kamakazee’s is also one of the businesses who received a grant from the Building Optimism, Opportunities, and Stability Together, or BOOST program, which Cruz used for renovation, salaries, rent, and paying off any outstanding debt.

She said she is grateful for the grant which she put to use for Kamakazee’s, noting that she has “managed to take care of so much stuff, so I’m glad.”

For reservations, order take out, or inquire about their catering services, call Kamakazee’s at (670) 488-5000 or direct message and follow their social media pages on Facebook at Kamakazee’s and Instagram @kamakazee_670

Leigh Gases
Leigh Gases is the youngest reporter of Saipan Tribune and primarily covers community related news, but she also handles the utilities, education, municipal, and veterans beats. Contact Leigh at leigh_gases@saipantribune.com.
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