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    Gostoso... The Return - November 2021

    The pandemic apocalypse cut us off from a lot of dining out so we were thrilled to return to Gostoso... one of our local favourites:

    https://goo.gl/maps/9qZV9EnTLQvtLvyBA

    I've raved about this place before... the freshness and innovative nature of the mains and the hard-core commitment to the Portuguese/Aruba fusion that chef/owner, Jose, brings to the island. We're really happy that they were able to survive the pandemic and come out even better. We dined outside of the first time and it was a beautiful night - about 27C with a good breeze.

    The Spouse started off with beef soup and then had the beef stroganoff for the first time and started raving after two bites. I started with a cold octopus app (Pulpo) that was insanely good and then opted for the seafood medley in curry sauce. Sublime. Jose is still making hot sauce in-house and one of the servers remembered that I like it extra hot so brought out the "special edition". Awesome.I topped it off with chocolate and vanilla ice cream because: #Health.

    The service was impeccable as usual with front of house, Rocky, still running a tight ship. Jose came out to say hi and informed us that they're going to be changing locations... closer to our house! YAY! As much as we love the kitschy current location, we'll be interested to see what he does with the new digs.

    Some photos:

    https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0m5qXGF1udZAW

    Please help support them - locally owned!
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    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    The pandemic apocalypse cut us off from a lot of dining out so we were thrilled to return to Gostoso... one of our local favourites:

    https://goo.gl/maps/9qZV9EnTLQvtLvyBA

    I've raved about this place before... the freshness and innovative nature of the mains and the hard-core commitment to the Portuguese/Aruba fusion that chef/owner, Jose, brings to the island. We're really happy that they were able to survive the pandemic and come out even better. We dined outside of the first time and it was a beautiful night - about 27C with a good breeze.

    The Spouse started off with beef soup and then had beef stroganoff for the first time and started raving after two bites. I started with a cold octopus app (Pulpo) that was insanely good and then opted for the seafood medley in curry sauce. Sublime. Jose is still making hot sauce in-house and one of the servers remember that I like it extra hot so brought out the "special edition. Awesome.I topped it off with chocolate and vanilla ice cream because: #Health.

    The service was impeccable as usual with front of house, Rocky, still running a tight ship. Jose came out to say hi and informed us that they're going to be changing locations... closer to our house! YAY! As much as we love the kitschy current location, we'll be interested to see what he does with the new digs.

    Some photos:

    https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0m5qXGF1udZAW

    Please help support them - locally owned!
    Thanks for this.... you made up my mind! I'm in for next visit.
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    We have been there quite a few time and loved it. I remember the first time years ago we struggled to find it. Stu could not figure out which street it was off of the roundabout and we tried all of them until we found it. Did they say where their new location will be and when they are moving?






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    Quote Originally Posted by robin View Post
    Did they say where their new location will be and when they are moving?
    He's secured a new place up near the CIBC roundabout in Shaba... the timeline is still TBD but it'll be a while because of a zoning permit change required and then renovations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    He's secured a new place up near the CIBC roundabout in Shaba... the timeline is still TBD but it'll be a while because of a zoning permit change required and then renovations.
    We have not been there yet, although we've mentioned it as we travel by there. The new location will be a lot closer for us and easier to find. We'll have to try it soon.







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    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    The pandemic apocalypse cut us off from a lot of dining out so we were thrilled to return to Gostoso... one of our local favourites:

    https://goo.gl/maps/9qZV9EnTLQvtLvyBA

    I've raved about this place before... the freshness and innovative nature of the mains and the hard-core commitment to the Portuguese/Aruba fusion that chef/owner, Jose, brings to the island. We're really happy that they were able to survive the pandemic and come out even better. We dined outside of the first time and it was a beautiful night - about 27C with a good breeze.

    The Spouse started off with beef soup and then had beef stroganoff for the first time and started raving after two bites. I started with a cold octopus app (Pulpo) that was insanely good and then opted for the seafood medley in curry sauce. Sublime. Jose is still making hot sauce in-house and one of the servers remember that I like it extra hot so brought out the "special edition. Awesome.I topped it off with chocolate and vanilla ice cream because: #Health.

    The service was impeccable as usual with front of house, Rocky, still running a tight ship. Jose came out to say hi and informed us that they're going to be changing locations... closer to our house! YAY! As much as we love the kitschy current location, we'll be interested to see what he does with the new digs.

    Some photos:

    https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0m5qXGF1udZAW

    Please help support them - locally owned!
    Kitschy...another trip to the dictionary







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    Quote Originally Posted by schexc View Post
    Kitschy...another trip to the dictionary
    Kitschy in a good way!!
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    Thanks for posting the reviews, especially the food porn! It makes me so anxious to get back to Aruba!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    Thanks for posting the reviews, especially the food porn! It makes me so anxious to get back to Aruba!!
    Hopefully soon, Peg!
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    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    He's secured a new place up near the CIBC roundabout in Shaba... the timeline is still TBD but it'll be a while because of a zoning permit change required and then renovations.
    Thanks! A lot closer to us, too.






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