Posts Tagged ‘Mahi Mahi’

Spotlight Restaurant Mi Banana

July 11, 2018

Mi Banana

Locals and tourists in the know make it a point to stop at Mi Banana on Nikkiboko Nord for fresh fish and homemade Columbian style desserts. This small low key hole in the wall is not fancy in appearance but the quality of food is superb. A group of 8 of us recently dined on fresh fish. My friend Larry snapped a photo above of his delicious locally caught red snapper. Most of us had Dradu/Mahi Mahi.  Each comes with a side of two starches, fries, boiled yucca, fried yucca or rice. The salad was amazing. There are 2 sauces, pika or homemade pepper sauce and an avocado sauce. Our waiter, Carlos,  the owner’s son offered us several fresh juice selections. I chose passion and mango with some Bacardi to heat it up. The desserts include homemade flan, passion fruit desserts and more. Save room to enjoy one of these delectable treats. It’s a lively bar with workers ending the day waiting for their take out. The setting is friendly and there is plenty of parking on the street.

Heel lekker!!

Dining Updates

May 25, 2012

I just had a whirlwind week of dining bliss. I had some friends on island so I was sort of a tourist indulging on at some favorite locations as well as revisiting a few spots I have missed over the years. 


My neighbor treated me to Mother’s Day lunch at Kontiki. This is one of my favorite Bonaire lunch spots with stellar views of Lac Bay. We enjoyed the fresh fish being served that day. The hit was the fresh Mahi Mahi in a mango sauce. Of course the freshly made Pina Colada hit the spot. 



I had a lovely dessert later at Gio’s Gelato on Kaya Grandi. Honestly, this is as good as it gets. The selection is staggering including pistachio and tiramisu. If you are craving something sweet and delicious, look no more. 


My friend invited me to girl’s night at La Barca. I had frequented this oceanview restaurant a few years back and returned last week for an amazing dinner. This al fresco spot offers homemade pasta and fresh fish. I spoke to the chef and asked him to create a pasta seafood dish. He wowed me with an amazing puntanesca style concoction. It was sublime. I cannot wait to return. 


As mentioned in a previous post, Patrice from Bistro de Paris has moved his location to the marina side venue at Harbour Village. My friend and I dined at Zazu, the lovely bar on side. Patrice has created an amazing menu for those wishing to enjoy a lighter fare. I sampled the Vietnamese Spring Rolls and the Brie and Spinach Crepe. Both were amazing and delectable. As we dined, the local fisherman came in with two lovely fresh Mahi Mahi. This is a not to miss spot. I highly recommend the Ti Punch. 




I am pleased to offer free on island Concierge to all of my discerning guests. Allow the opportunity to reserve your table today and soon, embarking on Bonaire’s dining bliss.

Fresh Fish on Bonaire

February 16, 2012

When my guests are planning their trip one of the top requests for information is where to buy local fish to prepare in their villa or condo. There is nothing like fresh Caribbean fish.  Most menus on island feature Wahoo and Dradu. Dradu if I am not mistaken is Mahi Mahi. I prefer it to Wahoo which can be firmer in texture.


Some of my favorite places to buy fish are as follows:

Doei Diaz
J.A Abraham Boulevard
next to Richard’s Restaurant

Doei is the Dad to windsurf guru Elvis Martinus. Head over around 3 PM and ask for fresh fish. It’s usually sold in bags with steaks vs filets. The building is pink.

Luis Wijman (also known as Junie)
Kaya Gutu, Antriol

Turn left on the paved road, Kaya Karpitan, just south of Progresso Supermarket in Antriol. Turn right on the second road on your right, Kaya Purunchi. Then take the second left, Kaya Gutu, it’s the second house on the left hand side of the road.

Nilo and Luvia Josephia
Kaminda Lac (the winding road to Sorobon)

The second to last house on the right on the road to Lac Bay/Sorobon. If you come to the ballfield you went too far so go back. The house is brown and there is a sign “aki ta bende piska”. The blackboard and open gate indicate when they have fish.

Fish Marinade Recipe

fresh lime juice

fresh thyme

Garlic minced


Bon appetiteFresh Fish For Lunch

Sorobon Beach Resort – Lunch Escape

March 17, 2011

Seafood Pasta

The setting is pure Caribbean; gentle breezes, lovely tropical gardens and footsteps away from the lovely blue sea. Sorobon Beach Resort is nestled in one of the islands breeziest most secluded areas of the island yet only 8 miles to sleepy Kralendijk. I had lunch with friends. The restaurant is run by Veronique a lovely French woman with much island experience in the food service industry. My friend O’Neal is behind the bar. Our waitress was lovely. We chose the seafood pasta and a fish salad. Both entrees featured freshly caught sustainable Wahoo and Mahi Mahi also called Dradu on our island. I had a crisp Savignon Blanc as well. It was a lovely lunch in a special spot.

Mahi Mahi Salad

To book your vacation at Sorobon Beach Resort contact Ann Phelan the Bonaire specialist at

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

Rose Inn – A Local Antillean Experience

June 1, 2009

Rose Inn

A group of friends and I dined on a recent Sat. at Rose Inn in the little town of Rincon. This popular Antillean owned and run spot is both the local watering hole and culture stop. Run by lovely Malfina and assisted by her wonderful son, Vernon AKA Nonchie, it’s serves the best local food around.  My friend Sharon organized the dinner requesting a family style meal with all the favorites.  Malfina served this amazing fish  (photo above thanks to Larry and Mary) prepared with love. The spices were incredible. We also had Baka Stoba (beef stew), Gabrito (goat), Galina Stoba (chicken stew), fries, white rice, local rice and beans and tutu and pumpkin fungi. Tutu is a bean type polenta that is sweet and filling.  I sampled the fish and chicken and the sides. It was a delicious meal.

Even during the heat of the day, it is cool and relaxing at Rose Inn. Rose Inn is closed on Wed. each week.  After your meal, I recommend a stop at the local museum or Lourdes Grotto. Climb to the top and you have amazing views of Rincon. This is also a popular bird watching spot. The first Sat. of the month Rincon hosts an open air market with crafts and local food and music.  Maria from Soldachi Tours can also organize a highly recommend walking tour of Rincon and the surrounding areas. Contact Maria at