Sushi lovers can choose their preferred seating: at regular tables, booths or the bar inside (with air-conditioning of course) or outside on the terrace at regular tables or high tables.
The chef at Dragonfly is truly amazing: he has a wealth of experience in working at several high-end sushi restaurants and his excellent rolls and sashimi are getting rave reviews. The barman offers amazing coctails, superb Martinis, sparkling wines, champagne and rosé’s as well as several brands of saké’s, such as Zipang sparkling saké, Murai family Sugidama saké and G-Joy Senshu saké; you can also be adventurous and order a cocktail with sparkling saké. The wine list offers great Californian, Chilean, Argentinian, Italian and Canadian wines, as well as a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and a Kung Fu Girl Riesling.
Dragonfly offers specials, combo’s for two-, four- or six persons as well as traditional Japanese ramen with your choice of veggies, chicken, beef or shrimp. There is a great Kids’ Menu available as well as a dessert menu and the bar serves premium beverages, cocktails, saké and other wines.
The menu is varied and enticing and the specials call out to you when you peruse the elegantly presented list of options. The two-person combo, for instance, consists of a California roll, a Dragon roll, two salmon sashimi, two tuna sashimi and two crab sashimi, while the four-person special is made up of a dynamite roll, a bum bum roll, a New York roll, an Alaska roll and four salmon sashimi, four tuna sashimi and four crab sashimi. The six-person combo offers an Alaska roll, a tiger roll, a Dragon roll, a temptation roll, a spicy tuna roll, six tuna sashimi and six grouper sashimi. Of course you can also order your personal favorites, starting with soups and salads (Thon kagay, miso or tempura soups, a dynamite salad, and Asian salad or a mozzarella salad).
Just naming a few delicious choices from the menu: edamame, ebi tempura, grouper butterfly, salmon tiradito, gyozas or chicken wonton; from the wok there is phad thai, Cantones fried rice, red curry beef and green curry veggies. Main courses include orange chicken, balmon ban bu, chicken teriyaki and Mongolia beef. The dessert menu looks wonderful with its crèpe de Nutella, banana tempura, fried ice cream or fruit flameada, mixed fruit sautéed in Triple Sec with vanilla ice cream.
Opening hours are from 4 pm until 1 am (the kitchen closes at 11); the Arawak Garden has live music on the stage outside and there is free parking for guests. Now that Dragonfly has joined the wonderful mix of outstanding restaurants of Aruba Wine and Dine (AWD), there is one more compelling reason to go to the Garden, which is located across from the Barceló Resort on the hi-rise strip.