Alto Vista Chapel, Renaissance Island, Arashi Beach
Trip Report The FOOD NETWORK
Feel like the Emeril of Aruba today.
We dined there on three occasions (15% discount was a huge incentive) First night, requested a quiet table and got it, tasteful music in the background, a bottle of Argentinian Malbec, rich raspberry flavor with a smooth finish! Recommended by Jean the Server. Appetizers included Caesar Salad, with or without anchovies, you call the ball on that one, and Crab Cakes, the best I have ever had, kid you not, those puppies were all crab and no bread crumbs! Warm homemade assorted rolls and breadsticks with whipped butter and hummus were also brought to the table. Main course, we both opted for the 12 ounce USDA Prime Angus Filet Mignon, served with two sides of your choice for the remarkable price if $29!!! Top that for value! Prepared medium rare as requested, simply scrumptious, you could cut it with a butter knife! Dessert, why not? Chocolate TABOO for hubby and I had the Creme Brulee. OMG!!!
Server Jean was as pleasant and attentive as he could be. Francois, the Food and Beverage Manager visited our table to make sure we were pleased! Asked us to fill out a survey for the Marriott. Souvenir coins and $5 free Casino Play Cards were given to us. We also received VIP passes for a free dessert on our return. Blown away by the fine dining experience. Would I recommend this restaurant to you, this is a no brainer, GO THERE!
AQUARIUS ALL YOU CAN EAT SEAFOOD/PRIME RIB BUFFET w/ two Balashi Beers per person for their Octoberfest, for $39. I was like a kid in a candy store! For starters, Shrimp Cocktail, all the Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella and Tomato (Caprese Salad) you name it, they had it on the salad bar...Sushi, guacamole,hummus, brushetta, olives, assorted Dutch Cheese, etc. etc. Main Course- visit Chef Station for made to order LOBSTER TAILS, ALASKAN KING CRAB, (pre- split) Scallops, Ahi Tuna, Grouper, Snapper, Prime Rib carved to order. Another station offered Rack of Lamb-Medium Rare, several sides include sweet potatoes, rice pilaf, and tons of other choices! JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD RUN OUT OF ROOM...there was the DESSERT STATION!!! Decadent chocolate this and that, proferiles(Dutch Cream Puffs?), Creme Brulee, Pastries, I could go on and on. With smiles on our faces, we wobbled back to the Renaissance, resembling Oompa Loompas! A Superb Dining Experience to say the least...BAM! Sue
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Alto Vista Chapel, Renaissance Island, Arashi Beach
Last week we decided to try the Dutch local restaurants. The Best value was the Cafe at the Plaza. This is right next to the Waterfront Crabhouse( they have the Lobster Special on Saturdays). We ordered from the Specials Board. Their Spicy Beef Soup was out of control! My husband was trying to eat mine after he finished his. Huge platters of Pork Schnitzel were next which were accompanied by Dutch potatoes and Pineapple wrapped in melted Gouda Cheese. The soup was $4 per bowl and the entree was only $12! They were humming with folks. Great food/bargain prices! Yost, our waiter introduced us to Curry Gerwurz, which is a ketchup like condiment with, you guessed it, curry and brown sugar. He said it was very popular in Holland. My husband decided to put it on EVERYTHING! He was so in love with the stuff that later in the week we were on a Gerwurz quest, visiting three grocery stores, before we found the coveted 750ml red round cylinders of the stuff. We bought two to take home. Wrapped them in bubble wrap and prayed that they wouldn't burst in our luggage! This restaurant *****
We had never been to the Paddock before, and decided to give it a try on Thursday, when they offer their Dutch Meal. It is different each week. We started with homemade Dutch Split Pea/Mushroom Soup. Reasonable and meals in themselves. I ordered the Dutch Meal which consisted of a sausage that I had never had, and three scoops of a mashed potato,gouda cheese, bacon, and sauerkraut blend. Mighty tasty! Hubby stuck with more Schnitzel with Dutch Potatoes. What did he request? Curry Gerwurz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have created a Gerwurz Monster Many Dutch people eat here, plenty of food, great service, reasonable prices. This restaurant****
Que Pasa We have eaten here in the past, and were always pleased. Our server was from Holland, and very pleasant. Read the specials from the chalk board that they bring to the table. All downhill from there. We had made reservations, but we were the only people there. Breathed a sigh of relief when 3 other girls were given the table next to us. Started with rolls, fresh with butter and olive tepenade. Don't usually eat the rolls, wait for the meal. Skipped the appetizer because nothing jumped out at us, and we had eaten a huge lunch. The main entrees came out. I had ordered Surf and Turf $45. My large white dish had a three ounce filet and three shrimp on it. My husbands dish was even more pathetic. He ordered the Gouda Grouper. One huge dish, with only 3oz of white grouper,with some cheese drizzled on top.$39!!! They had forgotten the baked potatoes, buteven when those tiny spuds
came out, it was Honey I Shrunk the Portions! The girls at the other table remarked, are those appetizers? The girls also complained about their $12 martinis that were served in shot glass size portions. When the one gal asked the server if she could take it back, the server said NO, that is the way they come and if you want a larger one you will have to order a Double! We were so hungry that we asked for another basket of rolls. Three per basket. We were so disappointed. They seem to be cutting back on portions to increase their profit margin, but sadly they are losing business because of it. We skipped Dessert here, because the Food Critic Magazine said that their desserts were stale, and headed back to good ole' LG Smith's for some more Chocolate TABOO! Sorry Que Pasa, what's happening turned into what happened??? Even Curry Gerwurz could not have helped this dining experience. -*
Sue, my opinions on Que Pasa are exactly as you described. I too love the Paddock ( great rib nite for cheap, all you can eat), and Cafe at the Plaza. Both are good takes, great food, service, and more intesting sights to see. At the Paddock you can watch the locals( they also have breakfast) and the waterfront sites, and at Cafe at the Plaza there is usually a band there( for those oldies, its where tessa used to be) and great great food, cheap too! Also people watch.
Sue, you're right on all your write ups !!!! Gotta try that concoction of Gerwurz stuff when we're there next.