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Gasparito Restaurant, Oranjestad, Aruba

3 Gasparito
Tel: 297 586 7044's insider take:

This out-of-the-way spot in the cunucu, or countryside, offers a genuine taste of Aruba. Owner Reimundo Barros offers fresh seafood dishes like a peppery consommé with onion, celery, and chunks of the catch of the day, and shrimp in a coconut milk/brandy sauce topped with coconut flakes. But the heartiest star in this homey place is keshi yena, a classic casserole of shredded chicken with a criollo sauce of tomato, onion, garlic, and green pepper, smothered in melted Gouda cheese and served with a side of Caribbean rice and fungi (a polentalike cornbread).

Open daily 5:30 to 11 pm.

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