Although it was a beautiful day when we docked in Aruba, it didn’t last for long. We did our best to run from the clouds, heading up to Palm Beach to soak up the sun. But, after a short swim, the skies opened up and the rain poured down. Luckily, it was just tropical rain that cleared up because we had dinner plans at Passions on the Beach.
Eventually, we made our way south to Eagle Beach, where Passions on the Beach is located. Then, we changed out of our swimwear in Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort, the hotel the restaurant is associated with. We got a table with the perfect view of the sunset and ordered some cocktails to start the night off. I opted for a classic Mojito and John went all fancy and had the Banana Bridge, a frozen concoction with rum, coconut cream, and banana liquor. I’ll admit I was a bit jealous of his choice, especially because it came with a fancy umbrella and fruit kebab.
We struggled with the menu because every dish sounded amazing. Plus, we were distracted by the view. I wanted to capture every moment. We finally settled on the Aperitivo, since it was a sampler of several appetizers. It came with a spring roll, ceviche, watermelon & feta salad and a Caesar salad. Everything was delicious, but my favorites were the ceviche and watermelon & feta salad, both of which were refreshing after a long day on the beach. The presentation was beautiful, especially with the backdrop of the ocean in front of us.
We finished the appetizer as the sun began to set. This gave us time to take some photos and just enjoy being in the moment. We ordered a second round of tropical drinks to add to the view. I enjoyed the Summer Rose and John opted for the Aruba Ariba. I loved the way they were presented with fruit, umbrellas, and fancy straws, as I truly felt like I was on a tropical getaway. Then, we enjoyed the views of the setting sun, which included a sailboat floating in the ocean as we waited for our main course.
I was worried that the setting sun would leave us in the dark, but Passions does a really good job of lighting up the tables without making it look cheesy. There are lights around the table huts, lighted boxes, and the menus even lit up, a feature we were kind of obsessed with. Plus, there are tiki torches spread throughout, adding light and ambiance.
Our main courses came out pipping hot after we had enjoyed the evening’s setting sun. I went with the Mediterranean Shrimp, which had onion, garlic, black olives and a dash of pesto. John choose the Pork Calypso, a sautéed pork tenderloin stuffed with ‘Captain Morgan’ marinated prunes and served with steamed white rice and a melon gravy and toasted cashew nuts. They were full of so much flavor and cooked perfectly, and I especially loved the presentation.
Both portions were bigger than we could have imagined, and we could not finish our meals. Even so, the dessert caught our attention, so we had to order something. We figured the Brownie Bites sundae was just what we needed to wash everything down. It was the perfect ending to the meal.
After dinner, we walked down to the beach and let the waves crash on our feet. It was a clear night, and it was easy to forget the rain we had had earlier. Both very full, but with time to get back to the boat, we headed to the bar for some local beers.
Even without the view, Passions on the Beach would still be a restaurant worth going to. The food is well-prepared and the portions are worth the money. Plus, the staff was so sweet and accommodating. I would highly recommend having dinner here while on the island. It’s the most romantic way to enjoy an evening in Aruba.
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John and I were guests of Passions on the Beach, but that has in no way affected my views. As always all opinions are my own.