Enjoy your day off – in my case I would require a week off, all that activity is killing, however in the event that you would like to do something different, here we go:
Restaurant Anno 1877. No need to mortgage your first born, or sell the dog, this place is reasonably priced and charming.
It’s not quite open yet, the official ribbon cutting in on May 5th, but the kitchen is testing recipes and the dining room is ready to receive patrons looking for tasty food, at reasonable portions, and fair prices!
The old cunucu house on Wilhelminastraat used to be the home of Cuba’s Cooking, today it hosts Chef Linda Pool, backed-up by partner Annie, who is still operating the F&B at Talk of the Town Resort until later this year, at which point she will join Linda in the kitchen at Restaurant Anno 1877.
Chef Linda has her loyal local following, a clientele that is fond of her classic French / International cooking, and likes to attend her special, monthly, culinary events, which will also continue at the new location.
Chef Linda was among staffers dismissed when Chez Mathilde declared bankruptcy, in 2010, and according to me that crew never received anything except the absolute legal minimum from the operator who shut it down.
The chef went out on her own and ran Twister Cafe for a few years, but recently a friend told her about the historic Wilhelminastraat location, prompting her to make the move.
Linda reports that her brother, bartender Heinj doubled up as carpenter and built the dining room’s rustic tables and chairs. Tall and elegant Maitre D’ Romalo is a familiar face, previously at Wilhelmina!
Look forward to the Asparagus menu, soon, and a Mother’s Day event, with an endless parade of small delectable bites at $55 per person, but hurry up, the three cunucu dining rooms accommodates just 32 reservations.
For dessert, the Piece of Cake dessert truck in Tanki Leendert is a new out of the box option, with very young pastry chef, Kyle Ruiz. The initiate is to be admire.
Chef Ruiz, an EPI graduate who tested the water working for others, reached the conclusion he would like to work for himself, best.
The night we came by, mom was in the driver’s seat of the Dessert Truck, and Kyle behind the counter. He offers classic Aruban desserts, cakes, cookies, tres leche, and quesillo.
My favorites pruim and cashupete cakes are on the menu, together with chateau, buracho and druif. I hear the grape cake is special, it’s on my bucket list to try!
My friend Monique arrived armed with bags of delicious butter cookies one coffee-morgen, and told us about the truck. Thank you, Monique.
It is easy to find adjacent to Stern Automotive. Kyle is hoping to get his permit soon so he can set up shop in a different neighborhood each night. Right now, the truck is parked on privately owned terrain, until the bureaucrats complete the paperwork.
As long as salaries remain low, and cost of living high, entrepreneurship is what saves us from poverty.