Even by Aruban standards, the food and wine here are wayyyy too expensive. A few comments:
1) this is a chain with a Florida location
2) the concierge at the Radisson recommended this place (as they did to another couple we met). i can't see why. we reason it's because they get kickbacks
3) the wine list had a few $54 bottles of sauvignon blanc that are $12-$17 at a liquor store. even at other places on the island they were $45. and....in august they should have 2008 or 2007 vintages...most were 2005. i ordered a 2006 and the waitress brought out the 2005, didn't say anything while probably assuming that i wouldn't notice or care. i sent it back. yes i AM a picky New Jerseyan! anyone that knows wine...or spends $54 on a bottle of it....may know that you want young SB.
4) peel and eat shrimp steamed in beer.....gross!! they tasted of no beer or marinade....they were in essence just shrimp cocktail. how original.
5) $45 cioppino not worth the hefty price tag for an average (if that) amount of food. if there was delicious bread to dip in a delicious broth it would've helped, but there was neither.
6) waitress, still mad over me sending the wine back, made a few condescending faces at us before coming over. we saw her. didn't appreciate that. at these prices we have the right to get what we order!
7) seated near door that leads onto deck....that door opens when someone comes within 10-15 feet....was basically open all night...and because hurrican gustav "took" all of the wind that night, it was very humid and mosquito-ridden outside.
8) all of that said, i'm sure some people with tons of money to spend and bad taste will enjou this place. if you're not one of them, save your money and go to Mesa Grill in NYC when you get home for shrimp and roasted garlic corn tamale :-)
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