Salty’s Grill & Cafe: A ‘you name it, you got it’ place

Posted on Nov 01 2019

Salty’s Grill & Cafe located on Beach Road (beside McDonald’s) serves specialty Chamorro and Japanese dishes. (Photos by BEA CABRERA)

Salty’s Grill & Café is one of the few wholly Japanese-owned bars still operating on Saipan.

It’s also known for being a lunch and dining place, a bar, and a take-out place in one location.

You can say that Salty’s Grill & Café is definitely a “you name it, you got it” kind of place and customers also get to experience the best flavors of Chamorro and Japanese cuisines.

“Every customer that spends time here at Salty’s, we hope that they enjoy their visit,” said general manager Taka Tanzawa

“My staff are mostly locals so customers especially the Japanese market really enjoy the vibe, energy, and customer service… we moved at this location two years ago (from Garapan) and this place is better for us as there is ample parking and a nice view of the ocean,” Tanzawa added.

Salty’s is proud to have the best flavors in one place starting with local favorites such as tuna poke, loco moco, and chicken kelaguen which are available from 5pm onwards.

During lunch time from 11am to 2pm, Salty’s is also a popular place where people go and the menu includes curry and pasta dishes.

“Our curry comes in beef, pork, shrimp, and chicken and there is nothing like it on island as my chef mixes the right amount of spices and ingredients. We also have a special steak special that I recommend people try,” Tanzawa said.

“Our vongole pasta comes in regular sauce and tomato sauce. Lunch goes from $10 to $12 and goes with soup, Saipan salad, and iced tea,” Tanzawa added.

According to Tanzawa, Salty’s happy hour is filled with promos from 5pm to 6pm. “Saipan Brewing Beer is only $5 and other drinks like cocktails are a dollar off from its regular price. Our patio outside is the best place to catch the sunset with your favorite drink,” he said.

“… our last kitchen call is at 8:45pm but if our customers still want to have a drink after 10pm, from the dining area they can transfer to the bar,” he added.

Tanzawa expressed excitement over the launch of regular flights from Narita, Japan by Skymark Airlines Inc. starting Nov. 29.

“We look forward to that as we expect the influx Japanese tourists once again on island. We have been busy planning to do something for them,” he said.

Salty’s Grill & Café is located on Beach Road (beside McDonald’s). They are open Monday to Saturday 11am to 2pm for lunch and 5pm onwards for happy hour and dinner. For more information, you can call (670)233-7258 or go to their Facebook page: Salty’s Grill & Café.

Salty’s Grill & Cafe general manager Taka Tanzania is excited for the Japanese market coming back to the island with regular flights from Narita, Japan by Skylark Airlines scheduled to begin Nov. 29.

Salty’s Grill & Cafe’s popular lunch beef curry comes with soup, Saipan salad, and iced tea.

Bea Cabrera | Correspondent
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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