Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Marina Pirata Restaurant Aruba

Aruba Bound
Having a rental car this year, we returned to Marina Pirata after not having been in a few years. With a location in Savaneta, as lovely a setting as it is, the taxi fare from any of the resorts is very expensive. Think in the $50 round trip range.

Marina Pirata to its credit has not changed one single bit and we still love it every bit as much as the first time we had dinner there. Whenever you walk into a restaurant in Aruba and see a bunch of locals dining, you can pretty much be sure it is a diamond in the rough.

For those who have never been, the restaurant is set on the water with most tables on a dock set out over the water. There are lights on the water and invariably the fish come up to the top looking for scraps.

Our friends joined us for dinner this evening and the three girls were kept quite busy guessing which fish was going to take "their" scrap.

Everyone ate fish and we also had some appetizers. All in all we dined on fried calamari, calamari in garlic sauce and onion soup for appetizers. Our entrees included amberjack with Creole sauce, grouper and shrimp combo and mahi mahi. Diners are given a choice of having their fish grilled or pan fried and is accompanied by fried plantains, and a choice of rice, French fries, funchi, fried funchi or pan bati. No one needed dessert; we all left with full bellies.