Last weekend we were at the first edition of Pietermaai Proeft. Pietermaai is an upcoming neighborhood with beautifully restored colorful houses. It is a bustling area at night with its many bars and restaurants and currently my favorite place for a perfect night out.
The concept of Pietermaai Proeft is that chefs of different restaurants in the neighborhood prepare mini-versions of their signature dish(es) and wine importers make sure there is plenty of good wine. Sounds good right?
However, when we first arrived at the party scene, we were a bit shocked by the lack of styling. Besides a few scattered tables and 1 stringlight, the big square looked rather deserted. But soon our love for good food took over and we were very pleasantly surprised by a couple of restaurants.
First by the Avila Beach Hotel. It is like a fresh wind has blown through the kitchen of this established hotel. The young team of enthusiastic chefs has made it their mission to present the Caribbean kitchen in a modern way. They served a delicious dish with slow-roasted porkbelly, fresh palmheart, cream of yucca and grilled okra. Wow!
Our second stop was at Ginger. Last time we ate there we weren’t very impressed by lots of similar tasting dishes, but this time things were different. We ate tasty grilled tandoori chicken with cilantro and naan bread, straight from a traditional Indian oven, together with some flavorful pakora’s.
To drink, we had a lovely white La Clape from the Languedoc at Servir Frais, our favorite wine distributor on the island.
We also ate a homemade lionfish broth at BijBlauw, a newly established boutique hotel and restaurant in the Pietermaai district. Besides the good food, we just love its friendly owners, Ruud and Titia.
Of course, there were many more restaurants like Scuba Lodge, Kome, Hotel ‘t Klooster, Mundo Bizarro and No. 5, but we (easily) got distracted by more bottles of La Clape and some friends we ran into…
But that is what good food & wine are about right: sharing it with friends!
I guess next year we will just have to go both days.