The main draw back of what became one of our favourite places for Sunday brunch is trying to find it's location! Because there are so many Renaissance hotels and other buildings, it can be very confusing. Even many locals didn't know where it was. It really needs better directions, so I'll do my part: from north of downtown Oranjestad, go past the souvenir stalls on the right at the waterfront, past the Renaissance hotel and casino on the left, then over the bridge and just about across the road from the "I Love Aruba" sign is the Renaissance Market place on the seaside and beside all the yachts and fishing tour boats. The pancake house is at the absolute end of the first market place building.
If you drive there, you can pull into the market place parking and drive to the back where you can usually find parking quite close to the restaurant.
Once you arrive, you're seated outside under a lovely canopy with a pleasant breeze and view of the palm trees and port area. The wait staff we had were so very friendly and would take the time to chat with us, so we could get to know a little bit about them.
We basically would have breakfast, so we choose the regular pancakes with a variety of fresh and cooked fruits: strawberries, melons, blueberries and black berries which are very popular on the island. We also had the mini puff pancakes, poffertjes, which I really enjoyed and found a recipe for to make back home in Canada. YUM! They have a couple of different syrups, one being made from the juice of sugar beets. My husband enjoyed that a lot. The large full plate sized pancakes (they come one per order) are thin, light, and didn't sit like lead in my stomach which some do. The poffertjes are tasty as well and are served with powdered sugar. Let them know if you want it on the side. Also try the fresh squeezed orange juice! They do have bacon and other sides you can order, but we didn't try those personally.
The coffee here like most places in Aruba is strong Dutch style, so ask for more coffee milk to dilute it a bit if you find it too strong.
During breakfast and lunch the restaurant was quite busy, but sadly often slow during supper time, because many people don't realize they serve savoury pancakes and other dishes for supper. We ate there about three times and can't wait to go back on our next visit. Here is their Facebook page with a bit more info. https://www.facebook.com/thedutchpancakehouse
After your meal, take a stroll down to the pier where you can see many iguanas sunning themselves on the rocks. You can also view the cruise ships and many beautiful yachts. A lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon, or any other day.
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