Aruba’s Food Scene is so Unbelievable You May Need to Pincho-self!
Aruba has earned a special place in my heart.
This little island has so many adorable hotels and restaurants sprinkled everywhere you just have to care to find them. I wrote about a missed opportunity to eat at Pincho’s Grill and Bar a couple weeks ago, but I am happy to say that I finally got the pleasure. Instead of taking a cab, I decided to take the 12-15 min leisurely walk to Pincho’s to make my 6 p.m. reservation.
I took the main road Lloyd G. Smith Blvd. which hugs the beach almost the entire way. Watching the sun slowly set over the water, tasting the salty ocean breeze as it sent sand into my hair, mixed with the anticipation of a great meal, already had me floating. This was already a perfect day.
I kept looking for a sign to announce I had arrived at Pincho’s but there was nothing. I pulled up google maps to verify I was in the right place. I didn’t see any other buildings, so on a hunch, I walked into what looked like a condo complex called Aruba Surfside Marina.
WHERE IS PINCHO’S??!!
Hmm… Well, it is definitely beautiful in here but where is Pincho’s? I kept walking and found an empty courtyard and a gazebo. You could have a beautiful wedding here I thought before my stomach growled, “Where is Pincho’s?!” There was no one around so I kept walking a little further. I peeked through some palm trees and I almost gasped at how beautiful this view was. This picture really doesn’t do it any justice.
The path cuts through the beach and onto the water. Once again because I am dining alone, I was put at the bar. Mind you ALL THE TABLES ARE EMPTY. It’s fine. I get it. I don’t have to like it, though.
There were a few patrons at the bar spread around. No one under 40. Everyone was looking at me like I had 3 heads; maybe because I was taking pictures, or because I was alone, I don’t know but it took a minute to get served. When I got the menu, it was VERY traditional which I found a little disappointing; Grilled Mahi Mahi, Mini Slider Burgers, and Veal Chops. It was also overpriced with entrees starting at $24.00. The wine list was just as conservative with multiple Chardonnays, Cabs, and Pinot Grigios.
When I got the menu, it was VERY traditional which I found a little disappointing; Grilled Mahi Mahi, Mini Slider Burgers, and Veal Chops. It was also overpriced with entrees starting at $24.00. The wine list was just as conservative with multiple Chardonnays, Cabs, and Pinot Grigios.
I wanted a dish that would show me a variety of what Pincho’s had to offer. I noticed there was a bar snack menu that offered a pick 3 for $21.00 option. Still a bit pricey, but this would get me the best bang for my buck. I chose the Certified Black Angus Tenderloin skewers with Truffle Butter sauce, Grilled Garlic Shrimp with an Herbed Garlic and Cognac sauce, and Argentinean Smoked Chicken and Apple Chorizo served with a Chimichurri. Isn’t this a cute presentation?
Ok. So at this point I’m on my second glass of prosecco so I’m charming, everyone has warmed up to me, and the friendly staff and I are having a great time talking about cruise ships and music. Between my bartender Dion and Marlin my server, I was well taken care of.
Is “Truffley” a Word?
I take my first bite. Oh my goodness. The steak was cooked to a perfect medium-well and was wonderfully flavorful. The truffle butter wasn’t needed in my opinion and not very “truffley” (if that’s a word). I love chorizo and this one didn’t disappoint. These little flavor bombs came with a heavenly Chimichurri. Basil, capers, onions, cilantro, olive oil, oh my!
I ended up putting that s**t on everything. Other sauces? What other sauces?
Pincho’s Grill and Bar gives a grown up, I have a trust fund and a house in the Hamptons kind of vibe. Old money. I saw a man walk in wearing Gucci flip flops. Really!? I didn’t even know they made those.
The music definitely reflects their audience, from Rockin’ Robin to Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. You’re not gonna hear Sia or Drake here folks.In conclusion, Pincho’s didn’t disappoint. A bit too rich for my taste food wise, but I would definitely come back for the view and a couple glasses of wine.
If you’re in Oranjestad, Aruba check out Pincho’s Grill and Bar. Let the friendly staff take care of you as you enjoy a beautiful sunset, the beach, and great food!
Til next time!
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Pincho’s Grill and Bar
L.G. Smith Blvd. #7
Aruba Surfside Marina