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“Aruban Cuisine at Old Cunucu”
Review of Old Cunucu House

Old Cunucu House
Ranked #12 of 62 Restaurants in Noord
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Caribbean
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed December 31, 2010

A short walk or cab ride from the High Rise area (totally safe to walk, but is is dark; ignore the dogs, they're just noisy), this is the place where locals go to celebrate things like Christmas and New Years. If you walk, get directions from the hotel, look for the small handmade sign, don't wimp out, and head for the lights. You'll get the chance to walk through some cool neighborhoods, a rare chance to get a feel for a non-tourist Aruba. The house is just that -- a traditional stucco house over 150 years old-- that provides an intimate experience. We had the marinated fish appetizer and calamari (both excellent, calamari light and crunchy), catch of the day (red snapper and another I cannot recall! both excellent and NOT overcooked), and the Seafood Palm Beach, a creamy mix of seafood flavored with pernod. Reservations are recommended, but the second time we went (and we rarely go back for seconds) we sat at the bar. Don't miss the chance to chat with Johan, the bartender, and try out the house cocktail, which features rum, of course. You can google them and check out the menu. Prices very good for the island, and the food is just the best.

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Reviewed December 30, 2010

We sought this off the beaten path local restaurant based on reviews and after trying and failing to find Nos Cunucu. We had the mixed plate appetizer - the calamari was excellent, the meatballs interesting, the fishcake was good, and the puffed cheese was good. For entrees we had a local chicken casserole dish with gouda and chicken and olives, etc. which was excellent and the stewed goat, which was good and went well with a papaya pepper relish they provided. Meals came with salad and rice and a fried plantain and a few fries. For dessert we tried the "peanut butter cup" which is really different - peanuts in milk and some chocolate cake to dip in. At lunch we were the only tourists along with a few locals.

The service is a bit slow - on island time as it is local and not catering overly to tourists, but if you have the time this is no issue. The server was very nice. Prices were great. This is one of the few local places with any signs to help you find it (they don't believe in street signs on Aruba!)

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Reviewed December 27, 2010

We thought based on other Tripadvisor.com reviews that dinner here would be good. we should have known when the cab driver h(who was from the island) has never heard of it. the epxerience starte dout pleasat enough,... great table on the front patio, cold big beers. things went downhill as soon as ordered. dinner took about 2 hours to be served and was practically inedible. the service was ok -- the waiter apologized for the delay but still offered no reason for why it was taking such a long time to prepare the food, in what seemed like a fairly empty restaurant.

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Reviewed December 26, 2010

I have been using Tripadvisor for many years and until now had never been let down by the reviews. I have relied on these reviews for hotels and restaurants all over the world. We love off the beaten path local places when we travel so based upon the reviews in TA we thought Old Cunucu House was going to be amazing. Upon arrival, we thought the place was adorable and charming. The greeting we received was luke warm at best-there were 2 people working and 1 table in the entire place was occupied. It was 7:30 on the Tuesday before Christmas-the town was at capacity and yet no one was in the restaurant-that should have been our 1st clue. After we were seated, it took 15 minutes to see the waiter to order drinks. My husband ordered a vodka martini-what he got was brown liquid in a half filled martini glass-we still don't know what it was but it tasted awful. The food was not much better-the pumpkin soup tasted like salty water, the special Aruban chicken casserole was OK, a little bland and nothing special, the coconut fried shrimp were oily and the mango sauce for the shrimp had no flavor. After we received our food, no one ever came back to check on us-we sat in the outdoor area-the other table of diners left and no one else arrived. I cannot imagine what the 2 employees were doing. We spent about $150 for 4 people with 3 drinks, tax, and tip. We finally got our bill, had our credit card run through and again no one ever came back-we left the signed receipt on the table and left the restaurant without seeing the waiter again-We had many exceptional meals in Aruba-DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME, MONEY OR CALORIES ON THIS ONE!!!!

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Reviewed November 8, 2010

Located just outside the resorts and chain of restaurants. The food was very good. The best my wife and I had when we were in stubs. And walk to location and enjoy he scenery.

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