• Enrique Balestrini

Oysters & Mashed Potatoes. The Brunch at The Ritz-Carlton Aruba highlighted.

The Ritz-Carlton Aruba threw their monthly Sunday brunch at Solanio last weekend and I was there to discover and report all the gems that make this brunch special and would encourage you make the reservation call to attend next month.

The Ritz-Carlton Aruba Brunch Enrique Balestrini

I absolutely love the culinary offer of The Ritz-Carlton Aruba, from BLT Steak to Casa Nonna NY, they've always brought it. Having heard the best comments from Father's Day brunch back in June it was necessary to pay a visit to July's edition.


The front of house at Solanio was very much alive with a bunch of guests and visitors. They were there for a reason and I wanted to start discovering what's the deal.


I like to start my brunch journey with a coffee and a breakfast item. So I quickly made my way to the omelette station which was incredibly busy, understandably! most people love an omelette for breakfast. Next to it there is the waffle station where I ordered these:

The Ritz-Carlton Aruba Brunch Enrique Balestrini

Fluffy inside, crispy outside and perfectly sweetened. Headed over to the fruit station (which was impressive, full of exotic fruits) and put the classic strawberry/blueberry toppings + a dash of Maple syrup. What's not to like?


Having my appetite opened with the waffles and coffee (a mimosa also slipped in), I was ready to start with the savory items.


First stop: the seafood chowder.

The Ritz-Carlton Aruba Brunch Enrique Balestrini

This I could have had the whole pot of it. So delicious and legit. Octopus chunks all over. The deep fried croutons and pica di papaya were the perfect complements.


The sushi station seemed popular as well, I tried a couple rolls and they were nice and cold as I like them. They had a veggie roll that was fantastic.

The Ritz-Carlton Aruba Brunch Enrique Balestrini

If you are a shrimp cocktail lover the raw bar had some jumbo ones and condiments displayed.


I could not wait to indulge into the Oysters but they seem to fly off the tray every time. I persevered and finally got them!

The Ritz-Carlton Aruba Brunch Enrique Balestrini
The Ritz-Carlton Aruba Brunch Enrique Balestrini

Every single one of them were perfect. The freshest taste as it should be. I like them simple with just lemon juice. These only would be enough to come here every month (and get your money's worth to be honest).


Walked around to see what else I could try and saw the carving station where there was a basket full of the famous popovers!

The Ritz-Carlton Aruba Brunch Enrique Balestrini
The Ritz-Carlton Aruba Brunch Enrique Balestrini

So I fixed myself a dish with some steak, pork belly, one popover and let's talk about the dark horse of the day: The Mashed Potatoes! WOWZA! These mashed potatoes made us question if we ever are gonna get over them. If I could have fixed myself a doggie bag, this would have been in it.

The Ritz-Carlton Aruba Brunch Enrique Balestrini

It was time to leave some mimosas flow freely until we were ready for dessert. The culinary team at The Ritz-Carlton Aruba really outdid themselves with the quality, taste and presentation! Little works of art. Here they are:

The Ritz-Carlton Aruba Brunch Enrique Balestrini
Aruban Quesillo
The Ritz-Carlton Aruba Brunch Enrique Balestrini
Tres Leches
The Ritz-Carlton Aruba Brunch Enrique Balestrini
Strawberry sponge cake
The Ritz-Carlton Aruba Brunch Enrique Balestrini
Dark chocolate mousse
The Ritz-Carlton Aruba Brunch Enrique Balestrini
Chocolate and caramel cake

If you feel that this review made you hungry it's time then to plan on visiting next month's brunch!


Make sure you follow The Ritz-Carlton Aruba facebook page to stay up to date with announcements not only for the brunch but to other culinary events. A massive thank you to the team at service on Sunday for their hospitality! I will definitely will see you all soon.


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