Caribbean vacations are rich in sunshine, color, flavor and warmth. The island of Aruba is a beloved destination because of its persistent sunny weather year-round; its bright-colored, Dutch colonial architecture; its friendly, kindhearted people; its beaches; culture; liveliness; diversity; and food that brings all of these enticing features together.
The family who came up with the idea of Driftwood Restaurant and Fishing Charters years ago - local fisherman Herby Merryweather, wife Francine and sons - understood right away what locals and visitors were looking for. Fresh, locally caught fish (by owner Herby himself) - traditionally prepared with funchi (polenta), pan bati (hearty cakes), fried plantain and creole sauce on the side - became (and still is) their main draw.
Driftwood offers much more than the typical Aruban dish alone, adding many exquisite delicacies from the Caribbean Sea, international seafood dishes plus a satisfying selection of non-seafood entrees. So, what else could famishing customers ask for? More fresh seafood, of course!
Finger food at Red Fish — Photo courtesy of Red Fish
But wouldn't it be great if Aruba had a place with a very accessible location, where daily catches were quick and tasty bites, prices low enough for many repeating visits and casual meant clean, well prepared and welcoming? "Most definitely," the owners of Driftwood must have thought. Their latest venture, Red Fish, is not just an idea anymore . . . It's open!
The name Red Fish is inspired by Aruba’s world famous Red Snapper - a favorite catch of the day on the island. Good thing is, snappers are not the only bites available at this brand new eatery in the newly opened Orange Plaza. The concept behind Red Fish is to bring fresh fish and seafood to the table, at the most affordable prices and in an even more casual environment.
Red and white checkered paper with stacks of fried shrimps or fish, plantain, funchi, fries and dip sauces make simple yet delicious finger food. For lunch or dinner, you can order Conch in Creole Sauce, Pan-fried Lobster or Balchi Pisca ("Fish Balls" or "Fish Cakes") with white rice, coleslaw and pickled onion or tartar sauce.
Ask for the daily specials and just eat fresh-off-the-boat catches without the dress-up fuss.