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Bonaire Insider Dining Review: Bon Aroma, a Fusion of French, Italian, & Caribbean

Restaurant Bon Aroma offers an intimate setting, with a fusion of tastes from France, Italy, and, of course, the Caribbean.

There have been quite some changes in the Bonaire dining scene over the past six months, and the Bonaire Insider is highlighting one of the new eateries which has been discovered as a hidden gem.

Bon Aroma offers a romantic, intimate setting with only six tables.

Restaurant Bon Aroma on Bonaire

Bon Aroma opened up several months ago in the pool-side setting of the YachtClub Apartments. A long-time dream of owner Karen van Dijk, the small restaurant offers only six tables, insuring an intimate dining experience.  This reporter found out that not only is the setting special, but the food is exquisite as well.

Two friends and I decided to try out the new restaurant. We did make an advance reservation, which is strongly recommended, as the small restaurant can book up quickly. Bon Aroma is in a convenient location, just on the north side of Kralendijk, an easy walk for many visitors staying in the northern hotel row or a quick drive from those staying south of Kralendijk.

The menu offers entrées from the sea or land, direct to the restaurant’s grill.

Not quite knowing what to expect, we inspected the menu. For such a small eatery, we were impressed with the scope of the menu, which offered a selection of starters with two soups, a salad, or three seafood appetizers, including the traditional French scallop dish, Coquilles St. Jacques.

Main courses included seafood, beef tenderloin, rack of lamb, or duck breast. One could choose their favorite sauce:  mango basil, white wine, or the sauce du jour for seafood entrees, or shitake, Cointreau honey, or rosemary port sauce for meat or poultry.

House specialties are indeed special.

In addition to the menu items mentioned above, the restaurant also has three house specialties: Confit of Duck Leg Gratinee, a Caribbean Court Bouillon (a steamed catch with local seasonings and hints of hot peppers), and there is always a vegetarian special of the day.

This reporter was undecided as to what to order, vacillating between the duck confit, the vegetarian dish du jour, or the fisherman’s catch of the day, which, on the evening we visited, was a duo of Bonaire lionfish and grilled blue marlin. Karlijn, our very attentive server, suggested that I go with the catch of the day, since I could return another time for the vegetarian house special or duck confit, as they are always on the menu. She did not steer me wrong!

Wines are available by the bottle or glass.

All three of us indulged in some wine (an excellent Pinot Grigio), and then we unanimously decided upon the Fisherman’s Catch of the Day, served with mango basil sauce. I opted for a side of roasted rosemary new potatoes, while my dining companions choose a side of Italian-herbed rice.

Fisherman's Catch of the Day at Bon AromaWhen our dinners arrived, we were delighted to see that the presentation was just as lovingly prepared as the l’amuse we were served while waiting. The plate was a tantalizing mix of tastes and textures, from the mild-tasting lionfish to the more firm blue marlin. A collection of vegetables, including prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and walnut/balsamic green salad, were served in addition to our elected sides. Each bite was an explosion of flavor!

Dessert plate at Bon Aroma on BonaireThe portions proved to be just right, by the time our plates were empty, we were happily full. But we could still use a sweet finish to the meal, so we opted to all share a dessert plate of home-made Dutch apple tort, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a warm compote of currants and berries, also served à la mode.

Chef Christiaan Thole prepared wonderful meals.

My dining companions and I decided we had to give five stars to our meals prepared by the new chef, Christiaan Thole.  By all means, add Restaurant Bon Aroma to your list of “must-do” eateries on your next Bonaire visit.

Where to find Bonaire’s Bon Aroma.

Restaurant Bon Aroma is located at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot 54. Parking is on the interior side of the apartment complex.  Reservations can be made by telephone at 795-9009; the restaurant is open from 6:30 PM through 10:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday. Bon Apetit!

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day Dining–Sweet Cravings for Your Sweetheart!

Special Menus and Events for Valentine Dining on Bonaire.

Next Tuesday, February 14th, 2017, is Valentine’s Day, and if you’re on Bonaire, you are in for special treats. Here are some ideas for spending the evening with your special dushi (sweetheart, in Papiamentu).

Enjoy these offerings from Sebastian’s Restaurant, Rum Runners, and It Rains Fishes.

Valentine's Day Dining at Sebastian's on Bonaire's oceanfront.Sebastian’s Restaurant:

Sebastian’s Restaurant will offer two seatings on Valentines Day, from 5:30 to 7:45 PM, or from 8:00 PM to closing with their regular menu. And, the first 35 ladies to arrive for dinner on this day will each receive a surprise gift, direct from Cupid!

For more information or to make a reservation, telephone 717-1697, or email info@sebastiansrestaurantbonaire.com.

Rum Runners:

Enjoy a Sea of Love on the oceanfront at Rum Runners with a special Valentine’s Day menu. Their menu is filled with seafood–appetizers with clams, shrimp, and crab; main courses with lobster, 1855 CAB hanger steak and rouget.  Dessert is sinfully rich, and meant to be shared, but is just too good for sharing, even on Valentine’s Day!

The three-course menu is only $45.00 per person. For those who really want to indulge, add an optional fourth course of Canadian French Kiss Oysters for $9.50 per person.

To make a reservation, call +599 717-8290, extension 100, or send an email to info@rumrunnersbonaire.com.

It Rains Fishes:

Valentine's Day Dining

It Rains Fishes has put together a tasty four-course menu with some scrumptious special ingredients, all for only $42.50 per person.

For more information or to make a reservation, telephone 717-8780, or email info@itrainsfishesbonaire.com.

 

Enjoy the evening with your special dushi!

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

 

 

Bonaire Insider Dining Review–Sebastian’s Italian Family Sunday Dinner

Dining review of Sebastian’s first Italian Family Sunday Dinner.

Last week, the Bonaire Insider shared the announcement of Sebastian’s Restaurant new Sunday open hours and special Italian menu, featuring pasta and pizza.  This reporter immediately made a reservation to try out the new fare, and it was certainly a good thing, because the restaurant was packed!

The new Italian Family Sunday Dinner is a bit of a detour from the restaurant’s normal fine dining menu available Monday through Saturday. The restaurant was a bit more boisterous, as everyone at tables and at the bar were munching on their chosen Italian meal and just having a great time.

The special menu features pizzas and pastas.

The menu features a variety of pastas or pizzas, any one only $16.00. There are add-ons for appetizers and desserts, as well as special pricing on Italian wines.

My dining companion and I started with two appetizers, which we each shared to get a taste. The Caprese salad was traditional Italian with fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil.  The octopus carpaccio is always a favorite, and it’s served with just a tad of heat.

We had ordered two pizzas, as we thought they would be the smaller, personal sized pizzas. We were wrong!  When the pizzas arrived, they dominated our table and we looked at each other with wide-open eyes!  There was no way we could eat them both!  But we sure had fun trying!

Great flavors are presented with garlic/shrimp and blue cheese/salmon.

Starting with the garlic shrimp pizza, we devoured it. The dough is hand-made by Sebastian and Janos, and is thin, crispy, and light. The shrimp pizza made for a delightful meal (my favorite) and it was soon gone. We turned our attention to the salmon-gorgonzola pizza.

Heart-shaped, this pizza was a bit heavier because of the gorgonzola blue cheese. Cheese lovers will revel in all that cheese, and my dining companion stated it was definitely his favorite of the two!

As much as we tried, we just couldn’t consume both pizzas, so we went home with a carry-out box for our left-over salmon-gorgonzola pizza. My dining companion had plenty for lunch the next day!

Traditional Italian desserts.

We specifically left room to try out some of the desserts. Sebastian’s tiramisu is legendary, and always a favorite, but we wanted to try out the new desserts on the Italian menu–profiteroles and semifreddo lime.

The semifreddo lime is a half-frozen dessert, with a consistency somewhere between a mousse and ice cream. With the lime flavoring it was extremely light, and really worked well to cleanse the palette–just in time to savor the profiteroles!

Four profiteroles were served, so we each could enjoy two. Covered with a chocolate ganache, they were the perfect sweet ending to another great meal.

Pick up a pizza and head to one of Bonaire’s beaches.

As we were leaving, we noticed that there was a very brisk take-out trade going on, Sebastian was working that pizza peel and quickly loading the pizzas in boxes stacked four-high, for those who were doing take-away. What a great idea for Sunday dinner–pick up a pizza, and take it to the beach for sunset.  I’m sure going to do that this Sunday! I think Sebastian’s Hawaiian pizza sounds just about right for a beach sunset!

Definitely do make a reservation if you wish to dine in the restaurant.  Pizzas are available for take-out by telephoning +599 717-1697.

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

 

 

 

 

 

Sebastian’s Restaurant Hosts Italian Family Sunday Dinner

Re-Connect with Family, Italian Style, at Sebastian’s Restaurant on Sundays.

In traditional Italian families, everyone, young and old, sits down together for Sunday dinner.  It’s a time when families get to re-connect, after a busy week.

Sebastian’s is now open on Sundays.

It’s always been frustrating to dine out on Sundays, as many of Bonaire’s best eateries are closed.  But this problem has now been solved, as at Sebastian’s Restaurant, everyone can have a traditional Italian Family Sunday Dinner, because each and every Sunday, the restaurant offers something different–pasta and pizza!

Home-made Italian pizzas at Sebastian's Italian Family Sunday Dinner

Home-made Italian pizzas at Sebastian’s Italian Family Sunday Dinner

Pizza and pasta–it doesn’t get any better!

Enjoy real Italian pizza, with home-made dough and fresh toppings, with a hint of excellent Italian olive oil. A variety of delicious pastas are available as well.  Please note, the regular menu is not available during the Italian Family Sunday Dinners. The restaurant opens at 5:30 PM and reservations are always highly recommended.

Don’t forget the wine!

And one can’t have a traditional Italian Family Sunday Dinner without a little vino, so those who would like to make their meals complete will enjoy special pricing on the restaurants selection of Italian Corte Giara wines by the bottle.

Phone in your order for carry-out.

Take-away pizza is also available; simply phone in your order to +599 717-1697.

Check out the special menu.

View the special menu for the Italian Family Sunday Dinner and start planning which pizza or pasta you will enjoy next!

Mangia, mangia!

(Source:  Sebastian’s Restaurant)

 

 

Taste of Bonaire Carnival Edition is Saturday, February 4, 2017

Save the date for 2017’s first Taste of Bonaire Carnival Edition on Saturday, February 4, 2017.

The popular Taste of Bonaire events will start early this year, with a new Carnival Edition taking place in Wilhelmina Park on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

This event’s program is sure to please, it’s filled with music and shows.  Of course, the food stands will be highlighting Bonaire’s local and international foods, and there will be arts and crafts to peruse as well.

Entertainment will be provided by Grupo ESO, Projekto 2000, Steelband Silver Bullets, and Bonazamba will be performing.

Of special note, this year’s Queen of Carnival 2017 will be presented, and the Prins & Pancho which will be giving their Carnival show.

Be sure to come out and enjoy the evening filled with great cameraderie, music, food, and celebration!

(Source:  TCB)

 

 

 

 

Sebastian’s Last Club Night for 2016 is Saturday, December 3rd

Enjoy the final club night for 2016: Sebastian’s Studio 54 Club Night.

Earlier this year, Sebastian’s Restaurant started with a gala evening, held every month or two, when the restaurant was transformed into a glittering club atmosphere, and where one could dance the night away under the stars. The Club Night events have become very popular, so those on Bonaire this weekend won’t want to miss the final Studio 54 Club Night this Saturday.

Studio 54 Club Night.

Sebastian's Club Night--The White EditionThis edition will present DJ Seven and DJ Mr. Brown, both of Curacao, to delight attendees throughout the night.  Dress code for this event is funky black and groovy white, and remember, no flip-flops are allowed.  Entrance is free, as always.  Club Night will open at 10:00 PM, and continue on until 3:00 AM, lots of time for dancing, socializing, and romancing.

 

Surprises await, but here’s one early announcement.

Sebastian always has some surprises up his sleeve to make each Club Night an evening to remember, but here’s one that he has generously shared in advance.  To celebrate the final Club Night, Hendrick’s Gin Tonic is only $6.00 all night long.

Put on your dancing shoes.

And be ready to party this Saturday, December 3rd, from 10:00 PM.  For additional information, visit their web site.

Bonaire's Calendar of Events

 

(Source:  Sebastian’s Restaurant)

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Bossa Nova Time, Every Monday at Sebastian’s Restaurant

Every Monday is live music with Bossa Nova time at Sebastian’s Restaurant!

bossanovaEach Monday, it’s time to chill to the cool sound of VaDa, Vanessa and David, providing the smooth sounds of Bossa Nova Pop Fusion every Monday evening from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM at Sebastian’s Restaurant.

Start the evening off right with a special Monday Happy Hour.

For those who wish to start a little earlier, enjoy a special Monday Happy Hour from 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM. Each week’s Happy Hour will feature a surprise special, so plan to attend and see what they have in store for you!

Live Music Mondays at Sebastian's Restaurant on BonaireMake your reservation for dinner and Bossa Nova.

Reservations are always recommended, especially for the Live Music Mondays. Those who would like to enjoy these events, can telephone 717-1697 or 701-1697 (mobile) for a reservation, or simply request a reservation via Sebastian’s Restaurant’s online booking form.

(Source:  Sebastian’s Restaurant)

 

Enjoy the Taste of Bonaire Wellness on November 19th, 2016

The final 2016 Taste of Bonaire features wellness.

Taste of Bonaire WellnessThe Taste of Bonaire events are very popular, giving everyone on Bonaire the opportunity to socialize, enjoy cultural events, and of course, try out all sorts of international foods.  The last event for 2016 is this Saturday, November 19th, 2016 in Wilhelmina Park from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, and there is a very special theme:  Wellness.

Focus is upon Bonaire’s wellness and health practitioners and specialists.

This event seeks to spotlight all of the talented practitioners and specialists on the island who promote health and well-being and bring forth to the local community a greater awareness. There will be live demonstrations on stage and a Zen Area where those interested can try yoga and meditation. The event will feature vendors who promote health and well-being on island including Reiki, Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba to name a few.

Healthy food and drinks, local music, and dance performances.

There will also be food vendors that will sell delicious yet healthy food treats including natural herbs, shakes and gluten free treats just to name a few. As special entertainment the dance group Dance Sensation will be on stage and also the band Formashon Musical Krioyo.

Begin with a 5K Walk Run.

Mas Eventz will kick off the Taste of Bonaire with a 5K Walk Run starting at 5:00 PM in Wilhelmina Park. All are invited to attend. For more information regarding the walk/run, telephone 796-6270.

(Source:  TCB)

 

Chez Nous, Bonaire’s Culinary School, Opens for the Season

Chez Nous, Bonaire’s culinary school, opens November 9, 2016.

Chez Nous is the culinary school of Bonaire, training many of Bonaire’s youngsters in proper food preparation, presentation, and taste.  Many of the chefs currently employed in Bonaire’s many restaurants learned their skills at Chez Nous.

Enjoy a three-course dinner at Chez Nous.

Chez-Nous, Bonaire's cooking school, is now open for the seasonOn Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, at 6:00 PM, the school will open its restaurant for the season. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the three-course meals served at their dining room.  The meal, excluding drinks, is only $15.00 per person, and space is limited, so reservations are required.

Instructor Klaas Ruitinga has a delicious meal planned with wiener schnitzel, broccoli in butter, mixed salad, and french fries.  Dessert is a vanilla custard served with chocolate sauce.

Support Bonaire’s Young Chefs.

If you’d like to attend, make your reservation via their Facebook page.  The visitors of tomorrow will thank you for giving experience to the new generation of chefs.  Be sure to include your name, phone number, and the number of persons in your party.

(Source:  Chez Nous Culinary School)

 

Sebastian’s Restaurant is Serving a Traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Dinner on Bonaire.

 

Those on Bonaire on Thanksgiving Day this year will enjoy a special treat on Thursday, November 24, 2016, when Sebastian’s Restaurant will be preparing and serving a traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner.

Sebastian’s Restaurant is serving a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner.

There’s no better way “to have your turkey and eat it, too” than sitting by the shore at Sebastian’s, enjoying Bonaire’s warm tropical breezes.

The fixed-price menu will feature:thanksgiving_turkey_bonaire

  • Pumpkin soup
  • Roasted turkey with apple-nut stuffing
  • Mashed white potatoes with gravy
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Baked sweet potato
  • Glazed carrots
  • Green beans
  • Pumpkin Pie

 

 

Advance reservations are highly recommended.

Price is USD $45.00 per person, and advance reservations are highly recommended!   There will be two seatings on this day, in order to accommodate everyone.  Please make your reservations for either 6:00 PM or 8:30 PM by clicking here.

Please note that the regular menu is not available on Thanksgiving Day.

(Source:  Sebastian’s Restaurant)

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