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“Sweet breads and Beef Carpaccio and Foie Gras--Oh My!”

Papillon Restaurant
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Tue, 13/04
20:00
Price range: US$8 - US$36
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Henri Charrière, one of the world’s most famous prisoners, would surely have had the time of his life at Papillon Restaurant in The Village, across from the Radisson Resort. Nicknamed Papillon because of the butterfly tattoo on his chest, he was the first convict to escape from Devil’s Island. Charrière’s thrilling, gripping autobiography has been the concept behind Papillon Restaurant.Papillon Restaurant’s menu reflects the Frenchman’s arduous journey to freedom: classic French dishes have been dusted with daring Caribbean flair and are a culinary journey for your taste buds. The spacious outside terrace is perfect for casual fine dining or one may enjoy the air-conditioned inside dining space.
Reviewed 5 March 2021

Unlike Dorothy's worries in Oz, last evening, for me, was a "tasting menu par excellence". Sharing bites with our guests, I enjoyed grilled romaine salad (sans chicken), lobster bisque, carrot ginger soup, goat cheese brulee, foie gras and grilled sweetbreads in addition to my carpaccio, sauteed sweetbreads and grouper. I can't wait to return; luckily, we are staying thru March 23 and will also have the opportunity to try your Secret Garden Tasting Dinner.
In addition to your wonderful menu, we managed to finish off two excellent wines from your cellar before ending the night with the namesake Papillon by Orin Swift.
I was a bit concerned about the ambiance but the music of Marisela (last visit--Mon/Fri) and the wonderful Sax (Thur/Sat) offset the bustle of the open shopping area; the decorative plants also served to set off the restaurant area and enhance the patio seating arrangements.
I want to offer special thanks for the WONDERFUL, above and beyond service of your staff, especially Kepvin.
We were so appreciative that minor menu alterations such as preparing Grouper instead of Salmon with the herb crust and saffron risotto were accommodated. Truly a memorable evening!

Date of visit: March 2021
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Thank Debi-Panos
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Reviewed 5 March 2021 via mobile

with 3 friends we reserved a table at Papillon's Chef's Garden which was awesome! Chef Griet came to our table to tell us about every delicious detail of each course... all presented beautifully! The sommelier Michael explained the wine pairing and Esther made us feel welcome and home right away!! We had a great night and felt special and spoiled :) .... A definite 'must experience' recommendation for anybody who likes good food & wines!

Ailin Diana & Isa

Date of visit: February 2021
Thank isakainama
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Papillon A, Marketing at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Ailin, Diana & Isa,

what an awesome review for our new concept- The Chefs Garden; a culinary night hosted by Chef Griet VanBrabant. In this unique experience at our 'secret' location Chef Griet brings you a 6-course local produce menu (with or without wine pairing, up to you ;) ) You are describing your experience exactly how we envisioned it; delicious food, a homely feeling and personal attention.

On behalf of Griet, Michael and Esther we would like to thank you for your trust in our team and to ask to spread the word about The Chefs Garden. Reservations can be made through the regular phone number or e-mail address from Papillon!

We look forward to serving you again!

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Reviewed 25 February 2021

Great ambiance. Fantastic service of Michael and Esther and the personalized attention of the Chef Griet combined with exceptional food and wine pairing made it an incredible experience ! I will definitely repeat it and recommend to others. It is a must when visiting Aruba.

Date of visit: February 2021
Thank dianavandervaart
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Papillon A, Marketing at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2021

On behalf of Michael, Esther, and Griet we would like to thank you for writing this review about The Chefs Garden, an exclusive experience at a 'secret location' which entails a 6-course surprise menu with local produce, personal attention (very limited seating) and overall a fun and entertaining night. The Chefs Garden is hosted every Wednesday and seating is only available by reservation.

Did you know that Chef Griet can also come to your house/apartment/hotel for our private Chef services? To check this out, simply search for Private Chef Aruba and you will find us!

We look forward to serving you again!

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Reviewed 25 February 2021

The restaurant Papillion is always wonderful and we enjoy eating there each year when we come to Aruba. Papillion is sponsoring a terrific experience at a home garden... The Secret Garden. It is a gourmet experience in a beautiful garden with the most amazing food prepared by a Chef from Holland. It is several courses and each one served to your table with the chef personally coming to your table to explain each course. It was so delightful... the setting, the food and the service. We loved the food and the experience. Would highly recommend the evening. Only thing is to make sure your taxi driver knows where it is beforehand.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Thank patriciasO9249GU
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Papillon A, Marketing at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2021

Dear Patricia,

we just love that you had such an awesome experience at The Chefs Garden, our new concept.
It is an experience of delicious food prepared with local produce and personal attention and service, located at 'the secret garden' on a breathtaking flowery terrace. This unique and exclusive experience is something you cannot have missed when visiting Aruba and entails a 6-course surprise menu with optional wine pairing, an entertaining night guaranteed by our Chef Griet VanBrabant. Griet obtained her knowledge working at Michelin star restaurants all over the world and was the first Chef at Papillon 12 years ago! (She just could not stay away :) )

Make sure to tell your family and friends to reserve a spot at the Chefs Garden, while seating is limited.
We look forward to serving you again, at Papillon and Chefs Garden!

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Reviewed 24 February 2021 via mobile

Somewhat disappointing ... Papilllon has been on our short list for several years in a row each year when we visit the island. Deservedly so, and we've rated it so those years. (Last year was the exception, due to COVID evacuations in March.) ... But this week, something was different. Service WITHOUT a smile;
... a unique appetizer of sweetbreads literally HALF the size as before (2 teeny pieces), not as well presented/prepared and @ 50% MORE expensive; a boring tuna tartare; etc. So, where have other corners been cut??? Not impressive compared to the competition ---- and likely removed from our recommended list. Too bad.

Date of visit: February 2021
Thank Dave H
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Papillon A, Marketing at Papillon Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2021

Dear Dave,

we would like to thank you for your loyalty and we deeply regret that your experience was not what you expected from us and therefore not to our standards. We wish you would have indicated this right away, as we take feedback very seriously and would have been able to compensate you for your disappointment. It is absolutely never our goal to cut corners, nor to make our guests feel unappreciated. On the contrary; in times like these we value our guests even more. We sure hope you would come back to the restaurant, let us know in advance about this experience and this way let us make it up to you.

Kind regards,
the entire team of Papillon

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