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  • Enrique Balestrini

Fridays just got better at Mercát.

The new outlet at the Aruba Marriott Resort is now offering a Friday Aperitivo that checks all the right boxes. Tasty, chic, and affordable.

Mercát Aruba Marriott Resort
Friday Aperitivo at Mercát.

If you have been following this blog on Instagram @itsthefoodelife, you have probably seen on the stories the several times I've been to Mercát, the new restaurant at the Aruba Marriott Resort. The Mediterranean-inspired menu has so many nice things that you cannot find anywhere else in Aruba. My favorites are the Mortadella & Pistachio Pinsa, the Fig and Beets Salad, the Beef Carpaccio, and the Short Rib Pasta.

But today's post is not about that. It is about their Friday Aperitivo, a fantastic initiative where you can go and sip spritzers from their terrace, have some tasty shareable bites, and see the sunset.

Mercát Aruba Marriott Resort

I've often wondered where to go to farewell the work week, a Friday after 5 PM, away from the traffic, loud party buses, and stress. Well, now I have my spot: Mercát.

The deal is this: for $25 you get two drinks and one shareable bite. Here is the menu:

The drinks are big! enough of those drinks in short glasses full of ice that always make me feel ripped off. My favorite option will always be the spritzers, perfect to beat the heat of the afternoon. Here they are in all their splendor:

Mercát Aruba Marriott Resort
Chambord Spritz
Mercát Aruba Marriott Resort
Aperol Spritz

Mercát Aruba Marriott Resort
Lemoncello Spritz

The Bites.

It is a hard pick. I would say my favorite is the Focaccia Mortadella. Pillowy focaccia bread with stracciatella cheese, mortadella and pistachio.

Mercát Aruba Marriott Resort

Also, they have the bruschetta. 3 slices of bread with stracciatella and arugula, tomato and basil, and mushrooms.

Mercát Aruba Marriott Resort

There is no Mediterranean concept without hummus and here they offer their Mezze, a combination of different dips and breads, very popular in the Med. Hummus, Muhammara, Baba Ghanoush, Falafel, Cherry Tomatoes, Baby Carrots, Watermelon Radish, Marinated Olives, Pita Bread. Pictured here: Hummus

Mercát Aruba Marriott Resort

If there is a deal I am going to report it here. $25 bucks these days won't get you much in Aruba. So let's welcome the weekend at Mercát, sip some spritzers, have some bites, and listen to some tunes at the nicest terrace.

Also a great place to meet a client, have a date, or catch up with your buddies. That's all, that's the post.

Mercát Aruba Marriott Resort


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Content by Enrique Balestrini in collaboration with The Aruba Marriott Resort.


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