Posts Tagged ‘fresh fish in Bonaire’

Wil’s Tropical Grill – Smoked Marlin Dip of the Dia

July 19, 2010

Wil’s home smoked Marlin is in and it’s a big wow factor for the dip of the dia, smoked marlin dip…paired with an icy Barefoot Chardonnay, wow!

Wil’s is a must do for all of my repeat clientele. All newcomers asking for fresh fish are immediately booked into Wil’s. This past week he had fresh Wahoo and Mahi Mahi. From the homemade bread sticks to the decadent cookie desserts, Wil and Sue insure my customers experience dining perfection. Email ann@bonairecaribbean.com to book your table. Reservations recommended.

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Yacht Club Restaurant and Apartments too!

July 19, 2010

I used to live next door to the cutest little property, Yacht Club Apartments. Run by a lovely Dutch woman, Jolanda the property is small and intimate and well priced. I love the garden setting, the lovely pool and what in my opinion is one of the island’s best restaurants.

My friends and I who reside on island met up with their visiting daughter. Rick handles the kitchen and Kim works the front flawlessly. No matter what’s happening including a squall that went through our recent, Kim remains unruffled smoothly catering to her clients with a smile and calm demeanor. This restaurant is customer oriented in all regards. There is a house treat of olives and spiced popcorn. Also Rick sent out a complimentary Broccoli Cappucino. Pure ambrosia.

The menu is inspiring with a diverse creative element. We started with goat cheese spring rolls and tuna carpaccio. Both were simply amazing. Our entrees were fresh tuna with a pumpkin puree and lovely noodles. Some of us chose oven fries. The wasabi dipping sauce complimented the meal.

Amazing enough we had room for cognacs, Baileys and on the house mini desserts.

Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations is a booking agent for Yacht Club Apartments. They offer their discerning clientele free island Concierge so to book your apartment and dinner reservation call 800-219-0118 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              800-219-0118      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email ann@bonairecaribbean.com.

A Quick Review- La Barca

July 15, 2010

My gal pal, Susan from The Bonaire Insider and I dined at La Barca. She will be writing a full review soon so I defer to her literary expertise but gotta add this to my top dining experiences this summer. Located on Playa Lechi the restaurant boasts stellar views, lovely breezes, spread out tables, a wonderful owner, Mickey from Milan and very good food. We started with complimentary brochetta which was heavenly. I had a icy cold Pinot Grigio to start my meal. Toasted bread with a nice garlic butter was served while we reviewed our menu. We met the owner who went over his specials. Mickey is from Milan and is enthusiastic. We were tempted by Mickey to try the homemade tri color gnocci with fresh barracuda so both went with his rec. The meal was amazing! La Barca is my new favorite dining experience this summer. I will take my teen next week and provide a detailed review. Check out The Bonaire Insider for great island news and updates at http://www.bonaireinsider.com

Sense Restaurant

July 12, 2010

I have been a loyal patron of Govert Strootman since he was at Le Flamboyant. When he and Henk formerly of Bongos set of Sense I was excited. Each time I visit Govert warmly welcomes me. His wait staff are great and the setting is peaceful and welcoming. It’s a trendy place with a simple yet creative menu. After football I was spent so Rosanne and the kids and I headed over. I highly recommend Sense. As an aside everyone raves over the veggie lasagna. Will try it next time. Last night I had a great piece of barracuda and a very different but lovely creme brulee. The presentation is flawless. I believe the chef is Martin formerly of Blue Moon.

Caribbean Wind & Sun offers free Concierge for their clients booking dinners and special events at Sense. Call 800-219-0118 or email ann@bonairecaribbean.com

Dining Update Last Week

December 1, 2009

I seemed to have had a dining week and my waistline on my skirt felt it yesterday. Friends invited me to dine at Harbour Village for Thanksgiving. La Balandra is certainly one of the nicest dining spots but food has been mediocre at best and recently, it was closed to the public. Now with a new F&B manager and some public hours it will be interesting to see what transpires. We had the Thanksgiving menu. Staff were very attentive in fact over the top. My friends reside at HV so perhaps that was the reason for the incredible reception. We all ordered the turkey menu. Our menu started with a nice salad with candied walnuts and cranberries. The turkey was a small but decent portion of dark and white meat with a nice gravy. There was mashed yucca which was very stick to your ribs but tasty. There was a formed stuffing which was another stick to your rib dish and again tasty and finally grilled frozen corn we could not eat. It was too sticky/gummy and was sticking to our teeth. We had a good laugh. The setting is magical, on the water with the breezes steady keeping the night comfy and bug free. It was a lovely night. The food was really good but knowing the prices in the past, I doubt I could afford to dine on my own. I would  certainly consider it for lunch with out of towners sometime. The staff are South American, Mexican and Antillean. I enjoyed their service well.

My amazing friends from Milan invited me for apero’s and then dinner.  What fun!! We had no reservations so could not get into their first choice, Rains Fishes. We ended up on a street table at La Guernica. I have eaten here once but do not love it because one dines on the street where the American Graffitti like traffic procession of young locals goes by….I must have waved at 30 people during my dinner. I prefer a more private experience.  First of all, the young Dutch servers were pleasant and very efficient.  We all ordered the fresh fish, Erika and I had barraccuda in lime sauce (on the side) and Claudio had the Mahi Mahi. The price was 39, 00 naf/21.00 USD for dinner with just water as we had drinks before.  If you like tapas or fish dine here but ask for a table on the back.

The next night I treated the Italians and my friend Matt to dinner at Mi Banana, a Columbian owned hole in the wall across from our famous brothel Pashi’s Place. With Pashi’s pretty pink and red lights it was a fun and  giddy experience for the newcomers. The restaurant is lively with bright lights. The bar crowd is busy but not over the top noisey. I always dine here and rely on great service and fresh fish. We all had the red snapper filet in garlic sauce with rice and veggies. I had so much I brought the leftovers to the cats. We had aperos first at the Italians so food only, fresh bread and water for 56 USD for 4. What a steal.

Wed. night I had girls night with two friends who reside on island and our other friend, a flight attendant for KLM. We wanted Roti so dined at Cocos on the waterfront. The place is VERY casual and simple. The fare is Surinamese. Our server a lively fun local guy kept us laughing. The Roti came quickly. It was typical Surinamese style with the curry on the side and the Roti folded neatly, to be used as a means to fill or push the food into your mouth. We also had lovely Surinamese style green beans and pickles. It was 20,00 naf for the Roti or 11.00 USD. I had fruit punch but forgot the price.

I am on the food wagon today…in 16 days, more friends come and naturally more eating and drinking..

Happy Holidays.. Bon Pasku

Not Coco's Roti but Trini Roti from Smokeys in Anguilla

Wil’s Tropical Grill

April 24, 2009

Wil's Grill

Sue and Wil Heemskerk have created a Caribbean oasis in sleepy Kralendijk Bonaire. I have been dining at their restaurants for about 8 years and never tire of Wil’s creative cuisine. A two star Michelin chef, Wil’s menu is both creative and diverse utilizing a colorful palate of fresh ingredients. Most of my clients seek out fresh local fish. Wil and Sue only offer fresh fish so when you drive by and see Mahi Mahi on the menu, run, don’t walk in.

Maggie, my daughter loves their Caesar Salad with crisp romaine wrapped lovingly in procuitto and shaved aged parmesan. My favorite is the calamari salad with crisp calamari and fresh greens in a lovely Indonesian style dressing.

The garden setting is serene and the experience unrushed and relaxing.
Wil’s is open for dinner Monday – Sat. serving at 6 PM. Reservations are recommended. Leave room for dessert. It’s decadent and delicious.

Photo Courtesy of Caribbean Wind & Sun Vacations

Photo: Maggie Wynter, Sue Heemskerk and Mercy Baron