Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Windows on Aruba

We had difficulty in booking an ala carte restaurant reservation one evening during our June stay at the Tamarijn so chose another option which the Divi/Tamarijn offers. For $30 per person you may have dinner at Windows on Aruba. You are able to order a three course meal off of their “regular” menu. There were I think two surcharges, one was for lobster. At $4 I did not think that was unreasonable. Drinks and alcohol were also not included. A concern for us was the dress code. When the restaurant opened, men were required to wear long pants. Since then it seems that the management has dropped this restriction to entice more diners. It worked for us. Dh no longer travels to Aruba with long pants.

We hopped a ride aboard the Divi/Tamarijn golf cart shuttle for a ride over to the restaurant. Upon arriving and having a reservation we thought it a bit odd that we were asked to have a seat at the bar while our table was readied. There were plenty of open tables. After about 10 minutes we were led to our window side table. That was what the wait for and it was worth it. We had a table overlooking the Divi Link’s island green as well the swimming pool. The entire restaurant is very elegant with beautiful floor to ceiling windows, large elaborate armed chairs and granite topped tables with linen tablecloths or linen runners.

Our dinner consisted of Tuna and teriyaki- Tuna tataki with seaweed, curry mayonnaise and teriyaki sauce as well as two orders of Scallops and mango- Grilled scallop, gratinated scallop and pan fried scallop with sea weed salad and mango papaya chutney.

Entrees were two orders of Sea bass and risotto- Atlantic sea bass fillet, jumbo shrimp, spinach risotto and white wine sauce with flying fish caviar and Tenderloin and beans and US black Angus tenderloin- mashed potato, spring vegetables and a port sauce.

Everything was delicious and beautiful arranged. I don’t remember what dessert consisted of, but I am sure dh and dd had something chocolate? If you are a guest at one of the Divi resorts and wish a golf cart shuttle ride back to your resort, ask the hostess to telephone for a pickup. Windows and Mulligan’s, the casual restaurant downstairs from Windows (not included on the all inclusive) are both listed as shuttle stops, but being off the beaten path so to speak, I don’t believe it is a “regular” stop.