Urvin Croes, the head chef and owner of "The Kitchen Table", is creating a level of food that would be renowned in any city/country but, lucky for us, he's right here in Aruba.
How's that for an opener? LOL
The location is directly in front of the Blue Residences - the restaurant has a beautiful roof top patio that has stunning views of the sea. We started up there with a few glasses of champagne and did a meet/greet with the other guests for the night.
The style of dining is sixteen people around an open kitchen. Five cooks with Urvin prepare a meal unlike anything we've ever had before. The menu changes on a regular basis based on local availability of ingredients. The menu we enjoyed was focused on flavours of the Caribbean. There's an optional wine pairing to go with the eight course meal (of which they also offer vegetarian). Here's the menu we dined on:
The wild combinations alone are worth the price of entry. And the presentation was spectacular - every detail has been thought through. To see the chefs at work was inspiring. Words can't describe how great this meal was. The staff were attentive and well-versed in food and wine.
The Spouse is deaf in one ear and Urwin, after announcing each course to the group, would come over and restate the item/ingredients/theme for us.
Truly a spectacular experience and we'll definitely be going again for another new menu.
Now, the price: it wasn't cheap by any stretch of the imagination BUT we've certainly paid A LOT more for a lot less and this was worth every penny (in our minds), the wines and champagne were incredible - beautiful selection:
Two people, eight course meal, four glasses of champagne, two Prosecco, four glasses of sauvignon blanc from New Zealand, three glasses of French Malbec and gratuity - $388 USD - You can go for a lot less if you skip/limit the liquor... the food is worth it!