Aruba Restaurants

One of the exciting parts of visiting a new country is trying out the local cuisine. When choosing a restaurant, many factors come into play such as price, type of cuisine, health conscientiousness and kid-friendliness. Be sure to check the restaurant rating and any reviews from people who have eaten there. Reviews can give you an idea of the level of service at the restaurant and the type of food, but keep in mind that everyone’s palette is different. We’ve provided a list of some of the popular restaurants in Aruba.

Top Local Restaurants

Restaurants in Aruba

- Gostoso Restaurante
- Madame Janette
- Marandi
- Nos Cunucu
- Papiamento
- Passions Restaurant
- Pinchos Grill
- Sawasdee Thai Restaurant
- Screaming Eagle
- The Flying Fishbone
- Wacky Wahoo's
- Yemanja Woodfired Grill

Aruba National Dish Recipe

Keshi Yena

Ingredients

1 small Edam cheese (2lbs) 2 lbs shredded cooked chicken 2 medium onions, sliced 1 green pepper, chopped 3 tomatoes, peeled and chopped ¼ cup olives, sliced 1 tbsp capers 1 tbsp parsley ½ cup raisins 1 tbsp tomato paste 2 tsp worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp ketchup 2 tbsp mustard hot sauce to taste 2 tbsp butter 5 eggs

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Slice the top off the cheese and set aside. Scoop out the inside cheese to create a ½ inch shell. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add the remaining ingredients except the eggs to the skillet. Sauté, then simmer for 20 minutes. Beat 4 eggs and gradually stir into the skillet. Spoon mixture into the cheese shell. Replace the top of the cheese and seal with the last beaten egg. Grease a shallow baking dish and fill with 1 inch of water. Put the cheese in the dish and back for 1 to 1½ hours. Makes 10-12 servings.

Caribbean Spices

Settlers from all parts of the world have influenced the cuisine in the Caribbean. Popular elements of Caribbean cooking include spices such as pimento, ginger, nutmeg, garlic and cloves. Many of the Caribbean islands use spicy peppers such as the scotch bonnet, habanero and jalapeno peppers. Jamaica is most famously known for its spicy jerk seasoning, while Grenada is known for its use of nutmeg and Cuba is popular for it’s garlic and lime marinades.

Caribbean Beverages

Many of the islands produce their own brand of beer and rum, such as Red Stripe and Appleton Rum in Jamaica, and Banks in Barbados. Along with these popular alcoholic drinks, be sure to try these non-alcoholic drinks: mauby, Ting, ginger beer, carrot juice, Irish moss, coconut water, soursop, sorrel, horlicks, mango juice and guava juice.