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Kaya Rincon #34, Bonaire
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Unique and true to Bonaire.

If you want a unique and true Bonaire experience, stop by for some food. Let Norman bring you out his daily offerings and enjoy! Easy and delicious stop on your scooter adventure to Rincon.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
Allison G
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San Diego, California
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  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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English first
San Diego, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

If you want a unique and true Bonaire experience, stop by for some food. Let Norman bring you out his daily offerings and enjoy! Easy and delicious stop on your scooter adventure to Rincon.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

12 years ago Norman the owner, 'fed' me and my ex--girlfriend with pumpkin-soup in his kitchen; we were hydrating after a long hike with lack of water. with the family and no charges. then we ordered his homemade milkshake. this milkshake is 'the best milkshake in the caribbean' - it says in a dutch book about Bonaire. A few days... More 

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Florida Keys
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41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Norman is a great host for a bite and drink after a dive. Try his squash soup, I promise you've never had anything better.

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San Diego, CA
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We ate there twice. Try owner Norman's excellent squash soup if it's available. The Pastechis (kind of like empanadas) are a treat - all the flavors are good. The homemade milkshakes are also excellent. Norman is full of interesting stories about Bonairean politics and intrigue.

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San Diego, California
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43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This is a small sit down/fast food cafe. Norman's food is very good and he specializes in pestichi's which are similar to Mexican empanada's or Welsh pasti's. The pestichi's are meat filled and crispy on the outside. Just delicious. His milkshakes are the real deal. Homemade and taste like real ice cream. We tried the banana and pistachio milkshake. Yummy.... More 

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Kansas City
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

On my most recent trip, as always, I had to stop in for some squash soup and ice cream and a chat with Norman! This is a must place to visit if you are in Bonaire. Norman is wonderful and the food is that kind of "local good" that can be hard to find.

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Edmonton, AB
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45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We visited twice, once for ice cream/milkshakes and once for light lunch. Norman runs the place and loves to chat and talk about Bonaire, and loves to have peope try (for free) samples of his very nice and hearty soup. My wife loved her pistachio milkskare and I enjoyed my vanilla ska.e Shakes aren't huge or cheap but are quite... More 

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Anaheim, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Let me first say, This is the place to stop on your way through Rincon for some SUPER tasty treats. Norman is always pleasant and willing to spend a few minutes chatting about whatever is on his mind or just life in general. The real reason for stopping by is his food. The Pastistes are absolutely to die for. If... More 

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Birmingham, AL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Any visit to Bonaire wouldn't be complete without spending a few hours sweating at Le-Ma-Se in Rincon. A visit with Norman is a cultural exchange with a local that enjoys being around people. Any reviewer that doesn't like the experience should stay at the Ritz and partake in foods and service watered down to make them comfortable and important. Many... More 

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Angier, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

We travel annually to Bonaire diving and out trip is never complete unless we get to see Norman at Le-Ma-Se. The squash soup and milkshakes are a must to try. If you are adventurous ask him to prepare you some Iguana soup or fried goat's blood.

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Address: Kaya Rincon #34, Bonaire
Location: Caribbean  >  Bonaire

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  • Address: Kaya Rincon #34, Bonaire
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Bonaire

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children

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