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Dining: Restaurant experiences Jan 4-12, 2002
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Restaurant experiences Jan 4-12, 2002
Our bias is as three folks from the NY City area used to good food, good service and moderately expensive places. Our trip was 8 nights and we ate at 6 different places. In chronologic order:
Zeezicht: good for late night eating, such as after a night dive. Food basically bar room quality. An error was made on the Guilder to Dollar conversion in their favor which apparently is not uncommon.
Richards: consistently excellent fish. Lovely waterfront venue. Gets crowded after about 8:30 PM but doesn't take reservations.
Garden Cafe: a hole in the wall run by a delightful middle-eastern gent with good vegetarian fare..more a lunch spot.
Capriccios: a lovely Italian spot run by two ladies from Italy. Spectacular (and expensive) wine list which would stand out in any big-city place in the US. Food fresh and innovative. Don't miss!
Croccantino: recently changed hands. Decent Dutch/Caribbean orientation with Italian accents. Wine list OK. Not as virtuouso as Capriccios.
LeWok: in a 200 year old Bonairian house. An eclectic mix with Thai overtones. Not much of a wine list. Decent vegetarian curry. Shrimp dishes overcooked.
| By J Rushman on Monday, January 14, 2002 - 10:17 pm: |
Our impressions from the same week:
Beefeater - Open again. Haven't been here in years. Restaurant seating now in the courtyard in the back. Nice setting. Two nice cats. Little breeze, use your bug repellent. As the name implies, lots of beef/grilled dishes, not much for seafood, but some came with the "Argentinian Mixed grill". Okay preparation and service. Wine by the glass (red or white) not great. Didn't take MasterCard. Won't rush to go back again. Was told they have pastechis in the morning - they didn't.
Snack adjacent to Telephone Office - They had pastechis. Chicken - good. Cheese - okay but could use a little more cheese. No meat pastechis to evaluate (next time).
Warung Ketjil - Inexpensive Indonesian. Not as good as Old Inn, but okay. Cold Amstels to accompany.
It Rains Fishes - Catch of the Day with mustard sauce very good, even as leftovers the next day for lunch. White wine by the glass, fair. Is it difficult to get or store a reasonable Chardonnay in Bonaire? I'm not too particular - a Kendall Jackson is fine. Only negative was the obnoxious drivers blasting their horns as the drive past the restaurants. I'm glad we're not their even closer to the elections.
Capriccios - Again, probably one of our favorites. Good, fresh pasta. Excellent service. Nice Merlot by the glass. Hope they maintain the quality.
Richards - Catch of the day reliably good. Excellent setting. Good service. Portions large enought for lunch leftovers.
Best Meal - Pasta at the Carib Inn, at the cabana. But it's "do it yourself". Didn't see Italian sausage at Cultimara (no surprise) but was able to do okay with the ground meat, garlic, onions and spices available. There seemed to be a milk shortage for a few days (Domo UHT, all types), but was back in stock by end of week. Surprisingly good supply of fresh veggies this time.
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