From the last time we were in Aruba that we visited Cooks, this restaurant went from excellent to beyond excellent. The ambiance is beautiful and cozy with a pianist playing very nice music. The menu has changed and they have a new Chef in place. Mark had the Salmon Delight for appetizer and I had the Escargot. They were both wonderful. Mark also had the Shrimp Ceasar Salad. I tried some of it and it was the most delicious Ceasar Salad I've had. We've asked the server how come it is so delicious and he explained to us that now everything is made a la minute. The Ceasar dressing is made by the chef as the order comes in.
Mark chose Doby as the main course, which is the cowboy prime rib. He requested the white truffle sauce and it was to die for, since I took a bite from him after he was raving so much about it. I've chosen the Hayomi, which is the Poached Grouper Roulade filled with Scottish Smoked Salmon. This dish was served with a saffron sauce that has no competition.
We shared our desert since our server informed us that the Cheese cakes are large. They had both Strawberry and Pumpkin Cheese cake made by their own pastry chef. Since we have never tried a pumpkin cheese cake we opted for that and we were not disappointed. Very delicious and very nicely presented.
At the end of our dinner we had the pleasure of having the Chef visit us at our table to check if everything was to our liking. We were floored in amazement to see how young the Chef was. He is only 24 year old with an amazing talent. To no surprise he is the best graduated at the Culinary School of Aruba and showed us all his medals and trophies he won. Ever, which is his name, speciallizes in International Cuisine and also Fruit and Vegetable carvings as well as Ice Carving. This young man has an amazing talent.
Cooks Restaurant is highly recommended on our list of restaurants. When you visit Cooks Restaurant please tell Chef Ever that Mark and Mindy said hi.
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