NEW YORK, United States, Monday November 2, 2015 – According to the 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards, Aruba offers the best fine dining in the Caribbean, taking first and second place in this year’s top 10 with gourmet studio 2 Fools and a Bull, and the exclusive Carte Blanche restaurant, respectively.
Also securing double honours for culinary excellence was St Maarten-St Martin, copping the fifth and sixth spots with Le Cottage and Bistro Caraibes, as well as Barbados, which came in at seventh and eighth with Naru Restaurant and Lounge and The Cliff.
TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top fine dining establishments based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for restaurants worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.
“We tapped the TripAdvisor community to help us serve up the top fine-dining restaurants around the globe because an exceptional dining experience can be the highlight of a trip or a special occasion,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.
“These elite dining establishments have earned the highest praise from travellers for their remarkable cuisine and commitment to service.”
With over 200 restaurants, Aruba is said to be an ideal culinary vacation destination for Caribbean food and other types of cuisines.
It is nevertheless establishments like 2 Fools and a Bull and Carte Blanche that put the Dutch island on the world culinary map.
“We are very excited that our fellow foodies and culinary travellers have recognized our gourmet studio,” says 2 Fools and a Bull’s Paul Faas.
“In February 2012, around the time we opened our doors, we had placed some ads in the local newspapers and after 5 months we were already the number 1 restaurant on Aruba according to TripAdvisor.
“Currently we are booked 7 to 8 months in advance but there are always cancellations, so it pays to call. With us it’s all about providing our guests with the ultimate surprise dinner party!”
Meanwhile, Carte Blanche, one of the most exclusive restaurants on the island, has been ranked as one of the top 2 Aruba restaurants for more than 5 years.
“We are flattered to be honoured by such a big international community of diners! This ranking is proof that our unique concept of offering the highest quality of food, service and ambiance to a small group of guests while allowing them to interact with the head chef and each other works!” says restaurant manager Glen Bonset.
Head chef Dennis van Daatselaar adds: “Aruba pampers its guests so well, and dining in our restaurant is the perfect embodiment of this pampering.
“Every day we do our utmost best to give our diners a personalized culinary experience and our bookings speak for themselves: We are fully booked 3 months in advance!”
TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Best Fine Dining in the Caribbean top 10 (2015):
1: 2 Fools and a Bull, Noord, Aruba
2: Carte Blanche Restaurant, Palm-Eagle Beach, Aruba
Cuisines: International, European
3: Marmalade Restaurant & Wine Bar, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Cuisines: Caribbean, Organic, International, Fusion, Wine Bar, Puerto Rican
4: The Wine Cellar, Willemstad, Curacao
5: Le Cottage, Grand Case, St Maarten-St Martin
6: Bistro Caraibes, Grand Case, St Maarten-St Martin
7: Naru Restaurant and Lounge, Christ Church, Barbados
Cuisines: Japanese, Caribbean, Sushi, Asian, Fusion
8: The Cliff, St James, Barbados
Cuisines: French, Caribbean, International, Asian
9: Spice Of India, Gros Islet, St Lucia
10: Sheer Rocks, St Mary’s, Antigua
Cuisines: Bar, Mediterranean, Tapas