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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
Sadly we've been to Aruba eight times but failed to sample this restaurant until our most recent visit. The thing that held us back? The restaurant was billed as "Gasparito Restaurant and Art Gallery." It was the latter that scared us off. We figured this place would be too stuffy and hoity toity. Boy were we wrong! This is a wonderful restaurant.
You can dine inside or better yet catch the evening breeze out back on the terrace. If you time your dinner for sundown you'd be amazed at how nice and cool it is sitting outside.
I tried a highly suggested local dish -- an Aruban trio -- which was a special that night. The dinner featured wahoo, grouper and chicken. I was expecting a fillet of wahoo, fillet of grouper and a quarter of a roasted chicken or something like that. But that's not the way they do it in true Aruban cooking. What came to the table were three separate piles each with the consistency of corned beef hash! But it was delicious. My wife went with another local tradition -- Keshi Yena. In this dish they take a baby gouda cheese and stuff it with fish (although you can find it stuffed with other things like chicken, beef or even goat) and then bake it. Since Aruba has close ties with the Netherlands where gouda cheese is made, you'll find copious amounts of it all over the island. If you're in the mood for pasta, chicken or steak, you'll find a couple of items on the menu that should please you. But we'd highly suggest that you check out the evening specials.
You'll find a short list of good appetizers including a great fish soup which we both started with.
I'm sorry we waited all these years to try this great little place. I guarantee that we'll dine there on our next trip to Aruba.
Gasparito is located at Gasparito 3 not far from the high rise hotel zone. Their number is (297) 867044 or 867144.
They have a nice little web site here.
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