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Come home for the holidays to Proa’s new seasonal menu

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Proa Christmas menu

LOBSTER FLORENTINE: One of the seafood offerings on the Proa Festive Holiday Menu is the Lobster Florentine ($52.95), an aromatic lobster dish presented with spinach and several cheeses. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Proa Christmas menu

SEARED AND WRAPPED: Pan Seared Scallops ($12.95) are presented wrapped in bacon, and atop Sauce Hollandaise. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Proa Restaurant in Tumon, owned and operated by New-York-trained Chef Geoffrey Perez, is a favorite destination any time of the year for many. This week, though, the restaurant rolled out its festive holiday menu – and now there are even more reasons to head to Ypao for a meal.

Restaurant manager Vince Mendiola said the restaurant likes to offer special dishes and desserts in the holiday season.

“You treat yourself a little bit,” he said.

Proa Christmas menu

STEAK: The Proa Restaurant Festive Holiday Menu steak offering is an impressive 10-ounce roasted New York striploin with chipotle butter sauce. The accompanying sides are rosemary baked potatoes, sautéed vegetables for $28.95. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post 

The choice of starters includes pan-seared scallop wrapped in bacon with hollandaise sauce, seared ahi tuna topped with pineapple salsa and garlic-aioli sauce, and a hearty seafood soup served in a house-baked bread bowl.

The entrées combine a local sensibility with a holiday punch, said Sous Chef Justin Taijeron.

Proa Christmas menu

MINTY WHITE CHOCOLATE: The Festive Holiday Menu desserts have been designed by Proa Restaurant executive pastry chef Raul Cordero and the culinary team. Chef Raul garnishes the White Chocolate Peppermint Roulade, available for $6.95. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Proa Christmas menu

SUGARED CRANBERRIES: Like frost on a Christmas morning, sugared cranberries garnish the White Chocolate Peppermint Roulade ($6.95). Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

The four main courses are:

• A 10-ounce grilled New York strip loin served with rosemary potatoes, sautéed vegetables and a chipotle (roasted pepper) butter sauce

• Char-grilled salmon with wasabi mashed potatoes, sautéed vegetables and a hondashi (seafood-based) sauce

• Braised pork medallions with garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed vegetables and thyme demi-glaze

• Ham hocks and mongo beans with scallion rice, sautéed vegetables and coconut foam

Proa Christmas menu

POPULAR ALL YEAR LONG: Even though it’s not on the holiday menu, the Proa BBQ Big Feller Trio remains one of the most popular dishes at the restaurant. Generous portions of short rib, spare ribs and chicken are priced at $22.95. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post 

“This is a time of year when everyone wants to have a good time so we try to keep that in mind when making this kind of menu,” Taijeron said.

“We try to give them the best experience. We always want them to come back,” he said.

And since no holiday meal is complete without dessert, that’s were Proa’s executive pastry chef Raul Cordero steps in.

This year, he brought to life a dessert not many have heard of, or even imagined: a rosemary banana bread pudding, served with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream and topped with honeycomb and pecan brittle.

Proa Christmas menu

EGGNOG TIRAMISU: Proa Restaurant executive pastry sous chef Rachel Castro puts the finishing touches on the Eggnog Tiramisu ($6.95), one of the specialty desserts on the Festive Holiday Menu. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

“Holidays remind you of family, right? So, I try to something a little homely, which is banana pudding, but it’s a rosemary banana pudding. The rosemary will give you caramel notes,” he said.

Cordero also whipped up a variety of holiday treats available to dine in or take out.

“I am trying to feature holiday flavors, to do a twist on traditional French pastries,” he said.

To that end, he infused Proa’s classic tiramisu with an eggnog flavor. “It’s a mascarpone mousse with nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon,” he said.

A chocolate roulette (or roll cake) is flavored with a hint of mint, filled with white chocolate mousse and adorned with sugar-coated cranberries.

And the pumpkin cheesecake Proa debuted in autumn rolls nicely into the holiday season. It has a spiced graham crust and, “is a little more complex than a regular pumpkin pie,” Cordero said. “It’s kind of fun for us to do something different.”

Manager Mendiola, who has been with Proa for the past 10 years, said desserts are an important part of Proa’s offerings every season.

“We like to match the caliber of our desserts with our food,” he said.

Proa Christmas menu

KIDS' MEAL: Kids have a selection at Proa Restaurant, like the Spaghetti and Meatballs for $7.95. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

The special menu launched this week and will be available until the end of the year.

Proa Christmas menu

VEGGIE SALAD: The Proa Restaurant selection of salads includes the Panko-Crusted Eggplant with fire roasted red onion, green zucchini and red bell peppers. It’s served with a garlic-chili vinaigrette and crumbled feta cheese for $15.95. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

“We want to treat our guests like family,” Mendiola said, inviting you to come “home” for the holidays.

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