Was among a group who selected this establishment based on having dined next door at the Flying Fishbone last year. First off, finding the place would be a challenge unless you've been here before. There is a tiny sign for OM&tS, and you can't see it until you're in the FF parking lot. Basically, go to FF and you'll find OM&tS. Look for the dry-docked old boat with lights.
Walking in, though, is like entering another world. Billowing sheer curtains on wood frames look like something out of a Caribbean fairy tale. The passageway opens onto a open air courtyard that itself opens onto the Caribbean Sea. We were literally the only people there (7 PM on a Sunday) and we're promptly seated at a large table nearly in the water. The setting looked ideal for a wedding, with massive wooden tables surrounded by white slip-covered chairs. Two docks, but without boats attached, were available for even more private dining. The views were stunning. Palm trees wrapped in Christmas lights completed the scene. Probably the most romantic dinner venue I have ever seen.
The server eventually brought us water and menus, and took our drinks orders. I'm a wine drinker (check the name!) but this wine list didn't really exist. I was asked "white or red?" Uh... Turned out they had a few reds, but all from one Argentine wine maker. The table settled on a Malbec. I had Jack on the rocks. And we prepared ourselves for a lazy-paced dinner.
The smells from the kitchen were intoxicating from the moment we walked in, which was a little odd, actually, since we were the only ones there!
After eventually delivering the drinks, the server eventually took our food order. Their specialty is a catch of the day in a spicy papaya sauce. I ordered that and was not disappointed. The catch was wahoo, and it was a generous cut, cooked to perfection, and served with a sliver of of fresh papaya on top and the sauce on the side. The dish included a few steamed veggies and an Asian-tasting rice pilaf. My wife ordered the macadamia crusted grouper, and that was equally delicious. Everyone at the table was please with their order. And eventually more groups showed up, but still the place was nearly empty. Between dinner and dessert, my daughter and I explored one of the docks and it's attached gazebo, replete with more sheer curtains and lush pillows illuminated under antique chandeliers. I could have slept out there, and could certainly picture dining out there and not wanting to leave.
Dessert was the house specialty of deep fried Oreos and ice cream. A distinct but delicious taste. Everyone left satisfied.
Definitely pricey, but the views cannot be matched. If you're looking for a romantic dinner on Aruba, this has to be under consideration. The service could have been better, though on a slow night, that happens. Food was delicious. Wine list needs work. I would definitely eat here again.
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