Hi all, I promised to report on our Oktoberfest experience at Madame Janette. Sorry it took so long, but we have since returned home and back to a busy schedule. It was our last meal of our vacation and we couldn't have picked a better spot to celebrate. We had already eaten twice there that week and since each experience was superlative we had no reason to go hunting for a better restaurant. We got there around 7:30 on Friday and were seated in the front courtyard area where they had picnic tables set up with German logos and decorations hung on the walls. We could hear German music from a loudspeaker. There weren't too many people yet, perhaps because it was their first ever Oktoberfest and because it was early in the first night. As the evening wore on, more people started to come. The trick is to have it very crowded with people drinking copious amounts of beer and I hope as the Oktoberfest continues they were able to attract more and more people. The place did fill up a bit later and we were entertained by live music, including an accordian player.
But we were there for the German food. Once again, I have to say this was the best German food I have ever had. We are of German heritage and can appreciate what it takes to serve Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle) to a crowd. I had actually never had it, but my husband ordered that and we were amazed at how tender and flavorful it was. It was huge and came with a knife sticking out of the top. The mashed potatoes were perfect as was the brown gravy and the sauerkraut. Even if you are not a sauerkraut fan, you will like this sauerkraut. My dinner choice was Speissbraten (rotisserie roasted pork) served with sauerkraut and semmelknodel, a bread dumpling as good or better than my mother's. Again the portions were so huge we had to take half home. We would have liked to try a Bavarian pretzel, so famous in Munich, and my husband's absolute favorite. But they had not yet come in. Of course we had to have German beer with our meal and they had a great selection to choose from.
If I could make a suggestion to the restaurant in general (not just for Oktoberfest) it would be to cut down the portion size a bit and adjust the pricing accordingly, so that people could have room to order the delicious desserts. Each time we had to take our desserts to go. And perhaps next year to attract people to the first night of Oktoberfest, perhaps offer their first beer on tap free. That would bring people in, would get the word around and add to the festive atmosphere. What's lost in the cost of beer would be gained in people ordering food. But I'm not a restauranteur, so perhaps I'm naive in these ideas.
Those of you who spend lots of time on Aruba are very lucky to have such a great restaurant nearby. I envy you! Thanks to Chefs Kasi and Boris, our servers Nicholas and Imri and the rest of the staff for making our time there so enjoyable.
Some photos: https://plus.google.com/photos/11207...Oax1LS8k-rPqgE