My Review of Salt & Pepper in Aruba
During our vacation in Aruba, it was a challenge to find casual restaurants that weren’t total cliches or tourist traps. There was the typical variety of Hard Rock Cafe, Senor Frogs and restaurants like that, but we wanted to find something with more of a local feel and flavor.
After walking around Palm Beach one night, we decided it would be a good idea to try Salt & Pepper. It was listed in numerous dining magazines and guidebooks, appeared to have a cool atmosphere, and a menu that offered decent variety with fairly reasonable prices.
When we went for dinner, we sat at a table outside but did notice one cool thing about the interior of the restaurant. Going off the name, the restaurant is decorated with unique salt and pepper shakers from around the world. They actually offer a discount on drinks to anyone who brings in a set of salt and pepper shakers. Nice touch.
For my meal, I ordered the Pineapple-Curry Shrimp as an appetizer and the Salt & Pepper Burger as my entree. The curry shrimp wasn’t really what i was expecting, as the shrimp and pineapple were basically swimming in a pool of curry sauce. The flavor was good but I would have preferred a few more shrimp and pineapple and a little less curry.
The Salt & Pepper Burger was a massive burger topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, cheese, bacon, & pineapple. The beef had good flavor but the bun on this burger was huge, causing the meat and toppings to be overwhelmed by the taste of the bread, which wasn’t anything special. I was also disappointed with the pineapple, which appeared to be a slice from a can. I’d suggest grilling the pineapple before putting it on the burger.
Ultimately, I’d consider Salt & Pepper to be a disappointment. The concept and the atmosphere was cool, but it fails to deliver on flavor and value. And when you’re on vacation, you definitely don’t waste your time eating mediocre food.