Aruba - July 2010
Hi all - I just returned from a trip to Aruba and thought an update might be helpful. Overall, we were fairly underwhelmed with the dining scene in Aruba. We love fresh, local ingredients and appreciate the difficulty that the island presents to utilizing local food. Still, it was hard to see Alaskan salmon, etc on menus. Also, I am very concerned about the health of marine environments and was a little disheartened to see endangered/overfished grouper on so many menus. So now that you know my biases, here goes!
Wacky Wahoo's - Already a Chow favorite, we made this restaurant our first top, and we were very pleased. Our fish chowder was lovely; the corn and crab quesidilla was yummy. We shared a fish platter (wahoo) and were impressed with both the fish (wahoo is considered sustainable at this time) and the side of corn bread, plaintains, rice and veggies.
Pizza Bob's - Chosen more for location than the for the food, the pizza was adequate. The crust was a little bready and the spices/ herbs were l dried. It tasted a bit like a pizza pretzel.
Screaming Eagle - We enjoyed the experience here very much, and thought the food was fun. We took the opportunity to eat in "bed" and though it isn't something I'd want to do on a regular basis, we ad a great, albeit novel time. We had a duck liver mousse app that had been bruleed, which, while good, was FAR too much for two, and pricey at 24 dollars. I would have much rather have had half the food at half the price rather than send it back. The steak with polenta was tasty, and spinach tortellini were both quite nice, though I'm not sure that I would rush back if the restaurant was in my neighborhood. The desserts were so very pretty to look at, but a little more about style than substance.
Linda's Pancakes House - I usually love Dutch pancakes, but these weren't fantastic. My husbands's apple and bacon with incorporated ingredients was much better than my brie and walnut, which had the brie on top. I'm glad we got to go, but I've had better Dutch pancakes elsewhere.
We're heading to Aruba in a few weeks, I'll add Wacky Wahoo's to our list of place to try! what kind of price point?
I read a trip report on traveltalkonline that mentioned Simply Fish... do you know anything about that resto?
we are hoping to find some great local food... the resto on our resort has a very american menu.