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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

OLD CUNUCU HOUSE
ARUBA

We've eaten here a few times during our many visits to Aruba and it's a good spot to try the local cuisine.

An old house in Papiamento (the local dialect) is called a cunuco thus the name of the restaurant and it is located in a very, very old and small house.

During one memorable visit to this restaurant I started out with marinated seafood for my appetizer and it was good.  My wife went with the fish soup, as she tends to do, and found it tasty.

For her main course, my wife chose an extremely popular local dish called keeshi yena.  This involves stuffing a whole baby gouda cheese wheel with a variety of things.  In this case the cheese was stuffed with chicken and a bunch of other things like olives and raisins.  She loved it and this is one of the best places on the island to get it.  At least it used to be!  In reviewing a recent on-line menu, it was not listed.  Too bad!

For my main course I chose a mahi mahi with Aruban sauce (tomato based with olives, garlic, peppers and other stuff).  It's actually a Creole sauce and you really learn to appreciate it on the island.  It's popular with most restaurants specializing in local cuisine.

My wife had some ice cream to end her meal and for a change, we both enjoyed a hot cup of coffee to finish off the meal.  And they way the serve the coffee here is interesting.  It comes in little glass jar with a plunger.  You hit the plunger and it forces the hot water through the coffee grounds and you get a fresh cup right at your table.

The Old Cunuco House is absolutely spotless inside and is not far from the high rise hotel area.

They have a nice web site here

OTHER ARUBA RESTAURANT REVIEWS:

Brisas del Mar
Buccaneer
Cafe Baci
Charlie's Bar
El Gaucho
Gasparito
Kowloon
Marina Pirata
Mi Cushina
Old Cunucu House
Valentino's