Windows, the Brunch Spot for Exquisite Views in Aruba

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When you think of a restaurant named Windows, you can only imagine that the venue must be surrounded by windows with stunning views. T’is exactly the case with Windows in Aruba and the views are of a golf course, manicured lawns and beautiful lush trees.

It makes a great choice for a Sunday brunch, which we did, right before heading to the airport in fact. It’s a must try for brunch lovers and because they have a number of large circular tables, it is a great choice for families as well.

Below, a simple fruit plate which you can start with (or end with) or simply accompany with one of their many other brunch choices.

I had to try the Oyster soup because you so rarely see it on a menu, at least in the states. They make it with Cognac, red wine, cilantro and basil (I asked the chef).

Traditional brunchy things on the menu included scrambled eggs with bacon, Frittata mushroom and spinach in a mornay sauce, and Eggs Benedict served with Tobiko caviar and hollandaise sauce, which the folks I dined with ordered.

How about Smoked Salmon served with dill-avocado cream, a bagel and a raspberry aspic?

They insisted we try the Seafood Cazuela Stew since it’s an authentic choice for the island. Think marinara cream, thyme, bay leaves and oregano with mussels, scallops, calamari, fish and shrimp. Deliciosa, right?

And of course, it was hard to pass up Pan Seared Scallops with saffron anise cream sauce, and a mixed green apple salad. This was one of my favorites all morning, largely because it’s so light. The sauce was just perfect – white wine, vermouth and pernaud.

Other appetizers worth noting include the Escargots with herb-garlic butter and herb brioche, the Lobster macaroni and cheese muffin with melted cheese and the Marinated duck sliced with couscous, wild fruit coulis and a peach chutney. I didn’t try the Pork Loin with pumpkin pure, red wine sauce and guava chutney, but it’s definitely on the list for a future visit.

    

A fan of classic brunch items? They have waffles, but with so many other choices, why go there? I’d suggest choosing a few seafood dishes and a soup or two.  The chef wanted us to try it nevertheless. You can also get assorted cereals and pancakes, which is useful to know if you have kids in tow.

 Oh so divine mains included a classic Turkey breast and a Shrimp linguini which we did not try, and three dishes which we did sample, such as the grilled chicken with fennel-cucumber salad in a coconut peanut sauce, grilled tenderloin with pea mashed potatoes, truffle sauce and caramelized onions and the Almond grouper, which they make in a cream spinach, fruit relish and a creamy white wine sauce.

Ready for desserts yet? Sure, they have brownies with coconut ice cream and a fruit tart with anglaise sauce (great options for kids), but we went for the Crepe a la mode with a chocolate-orange sauce and vanilla ice cream (OUCH!), a Mango cheesecake with raspberry coulis and a Passion mousse-vanilla pannacotta shooter (my favorite – yes please!) Oh yeah, and they did offer a Carrot Cake as well, which I haven’t had in years.

Their a la carte brunch is served every Sunday from 10:30 am to 2 pm and includes choices from their a la carte Brunch menu, Mimosas, cava, juices, sodas, coffee and tea. They also have a kids only menu and live music. I’d also note that its a great choice for groups as they can cater to larger numbers easily.

I also loved the beautiful majestic glass art throughout the venue. For more information, check out http://www.windowsonaruba.com.

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