Our first evening after a long day of travel, included a dinner reservation at the French Steakhouse at the neighboring Manchebo Beach Resort. We were greeted by the manager and seated promptly. I chose the Keshi Yena appetizer (a local dish to Aruba) which was more than ample for a light dinner, accompanied by crispy polenta and plantain.
Spence chose the Blackened Mahi Mahi with jasmine rice and broccoli with a Creole sauce. Along with delicious rolls, it was perfection.
Adding to the ambiance, Eddy played piano splendidly, romantic music and gained two new fans. As we had settled our check and were preparing to leave, we were ushered back to the table where they brought a chocolate cake with a giant sparkler and sang happy birthday to Spence. Satiated, happy and tired, we walked the short distance back to Bucuti and turned in for the night.
Here’s my recipe for Keshi Yena, a true Aruban dish (and the story behind making it) – it’s incredibly delicious!