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    My restaurant list for next May

    Well, now that we'll be in Aruba in less than 6 months, time to select where to have dinner!

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    (Brief interruption)

    you may ask if I shouldn't be more worried about the wedding than about the honeymoon. Well, let's put it this way -- my fiancée took upon her the task of planning the wedding, because 1. we live in different towns (230 km apart) and the wedding will be in her city, so she's the only one who can deal with wedding issues during the week; 2. her father is a musician and he plays at weddings, so he knows everyone in this field, from florists to party halls. My part in wedding planning is giving occasional advice (especially on the wedding Mass since I'm the liturgy expert of the couple) and saying "yes, darling, that's perfect"

    So, my task is planning the honeymoon. I'm good at planning trips and my fiancée knows it, having travelled with me to Europe last year and Argentina last April. So she pretty much trusts whatever I choose for us (except for the glacier walk in Argentina, she still wants me killed for that).

    (end of interruption)

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    After reading lots of threads in this forum and other Brazilian travel websites, looks like I've found 9 places, for our 9 evenings there (not including the evening of the return flight, where we'll need to have dinner at the airport). Consider we'll be staying at the Radisson.
    • Arrival evening (a Thursday) - Papiamento (would you advise walking from the Radisson to the restaurant and back, or is it too far/not safe?)
    • 1st full day in the island (Friday) - torchlight dinner at the Radisson's La Playa
    • Saturday evening - Laguna (you'll notice there aren't Brazilian steakhouses in our list, since we have plenty of good ones here; but my fiancée loves American-style ribs, and the Radisson website says Saturdays are ribs' evenings at the Laguna)
    Other than these, my choices:
    • Gianni's (we love risotto and Brazilian visitors use to love this restaurant)
    • Madame Janette
    • Barefoot
    • Passions (probably for our last evening before the return flight)
    • Driftwood (considering the location, it would be an obvious choice for a Tuesday evening after the Bon Bini Festival, but it closes on Tuesdays, so we may go there right after we return from our day trip to Curaçao, on Monday or Wednesday)
    • One of the Savaneta restaurants, The Old Man and the Sea, or Flying Fishbone.
    Of course comments and advices will be welcome!

    And now the questions
    1. How early should I book all these dinners? We'll be there in mid-May.
    2. What's the dress code for the restaurants? Any differences from the beachside places (Passions, Barefoot) to the inland ones (Papiamento, Driftwood, MJ)?

    Once again, thanks for the advices (and the patience of going through all this)!

    All the best from Brazil

    Marcio

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    In my opinion, Zeerovers is a must! Not a romantic setting, a great local place!

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    your booking/reservations.......i would wait til about 1 month from arrival.

    i do not know the location/proximity/mileage of Papiamento to Radisson (sr moment).
    i think a taxi is your best bet or are you renting a car?

    SMART casual dress for all of the restaurants you mentioned.
    men....collared golf style shirt with good looking shorts or dockers.
    women...sun dress or short set.

    i am going to let others comment on your choices.

    of your choices, MADAM J's is my favorite.
    we haven't been to Papiamento, Driftwood and Flying Fishbone in years.
    Never been to Old Man and the Sea.

    What are your dates in May?


    Quote Originally Posted by MarcioCampos View Post
    Well, now that we'll be in Aruba in less than 6 months, time to select where to have dinner!

    ***

    (Brief interruption)

    you may ask if I shouldn't be more worried about the wedding than about the honeymoon. Well, let's put it this way -- my fiancée took upon her the task of planning the wedding, because 1. we live in different towns (230 km apart) and the wedding will be in her city, so she's the only one who can deal with wedding issues during the week; 2. her father is a musician and he plays at weddings, so he knows everyone in this field, from florists to party halls. My part in wedding planning is giving occasional advice (especially on the wedding Mass since I'm the liturgy expert of the couple) and saying "yes, darling, that's perfect"

    So, my task is planning the honeymoon. I'm good at planning trips and my fiancée knows it, having travelled with me to Europe last year and Argentina last April. So she pretty much trusts whatever I choose for us (except for the glacier walk in Argentina, she still wants me killed for that).

    (end of interruption)

    ***


    After reading lots of threads in this forum and other Brazilian travel websites, looks like I've found 9 places, for our 9 evenings there (not including the evening of the return flight, where we'll need to have dinner at the airport). Consider we'll be staying at the Radisson.
    • Arrival evening (a Thursday) - Papiamento (would you advise walking from the Radisson to the restaurant and back, or is it too far/not safe?)
    • 1st full day in the island (Friday) - torchlight dinner at the Radisson's La Playa
    • Saturday evening - Laguna (you'll notice there aren't Brazilian steakhouses in our list, since we have plenty of good ones here; but my fiancée loves American-style ribs, and the Radisson website says Saturdays are ribs' evenings at the Laguna)
    Other than these, my choices:
    • Gianni's (we love risotto and Brazilian visitors use to love this restaurant)
    • Madame Janette
    • Barefoot
    • Passions (probably for our last evening before the return flight)
    • Driftwood (considering the location, it would be an obvious choice for a Tuesday evening after the Bon Bini Festival, but it closes on Tuesdays, so we may go there right after we return from our day trip to Curaçao, on Monday or Wednesday)
    • One of the Savaneta restaurants, The Old Man and the Sea, or Flying Fishbone.
    Of course comments and advices will be welcome!

    And now the questions
    1. How early should I book all these dinners? We'll be there in mid-May.
    2. What's the dress code for the restaurants? Any differences from the beachside places (Passions, Barefoot) to the inland ones (Papiamento, Driftwood, MJ)?

    Once again, thanks for the advices (and the patience of going through all this)!

    All the best from Brazil

    Marcio

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    forego Laguna for ribs and try Smokey Joe's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    your booking/reservations.......i would wait til about 1 month from arrival.

    i do not know the location/proximity/mileage of Papiamento to Radisson (sr moment).
    i think a taxi is your best bet or are you renting a car?
    I'll likely be without a car. Google Maps says it's 1 mile between the Radisson and Papiamento...

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    SMART casual dress for all of the restaurants you mentioned.
    men....collared golf style shirt with good looking shorts or dockers.
    women...sun dress or short set.
    I knew I should have bought more guayaberas when in Mexico.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ciboney
    In my opinion, Zeerovers is a must! Not a romantic setting, a great local place!
    We may go there for lunch after snorkeling with Stuart. Our lunch philosophy is pretty much finding any nice place where we happen to be at lunch time, and save the effort (like going to a different neighbourhood) for dinner.

    Quote Originally Posted by paulmorin
    forego Laguna for ribs and try Smokey Joe's
    I'll take a look at this, thanks for the suggestion!

    All the best from Brazil

    Marcio

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    Absolutley agree with paulmorin.Skip Laguna if your wife to be likes ribs, make her happy, do smokey joes.

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    Count me in as one more to choose Smokey Joe's over Laguna for ribs!!!

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    Matthews located at Casa del Mar is the BEST for ribs, Tuesday night all you can eat ribs FABULOUS !!!!!

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    You can eat lunch at Zeerovers after snorkeling with Stuart, it's right down the road and I'm sure he can point you in the right direction.

    We just returned from Aruba on Saturday - we ate out every night and every restaurant was better than the last. Madame Janette, Flying Fishbone (Creole sauce is to die for) and Barefoot are all wonderful. Our favorite of the week was Yemanja Woodfired Grill, which is downtown about 2 blocks from the bus depot.

    I made all of our reservations about 1 month in advance via the web and then confirmed by phone once we arrived on the island - we had no difficulties.

    Enjoy!

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    Once again, thanks everyone for the advices!

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    SMART casual dress for all of the restaurants you mentioned.
    men....collared golf style shirt with good looking shorts or dockers.
    What about shoes? Of course I'm taking some non-sporty but not-too-formal ones with me (like Timberland Formentor or Adidas Low Lea), but I also have a Timberland Nekkol -- considering my restaurant list, would it be accepted somewhere?

    All the best from Brazil

    Marcio

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