Landhuis Dokstertuin
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Soulful Creole Home Cooking
While out exploring Banda Bou, we decided to grab a late lunch at "Komedor Krioyo" (Creole Eatery) located in a former plantation house; Landhuis Dokterstuin. The restaurant is open daily from 12 – 4 pm (except Mondays) and run by the legendary Mogen family who epitomize Curacao heart and soul. Once there, you'll walk up the stairs into a traditional living room filled with antique wooden furniture, ceramics, old household tools and out onto a large outdoor patio. You'll likely be greeted by one of the friendly Mogen clan and guided to your wooden table covered in checkered red-and-white tablecloth. The air will be filled with leisurely chatter in Dutch, English, Papiamentu, Spanish. Laughter. A slow Salsa Antillana. A steady breeze carries soulful indigenous deliciousness from the open kitchen and is guaranteed to make your mouth water. Order an ice cold "aw’i lamunchi" (sweet lime-ade) or "aw'i coco" (fresh coconut water) and test your luck by paying close attention to the green dots on your menu (a near-real-time addition). Signature krioyo delicacies include "sòpi di guiambo" (slimy, but delicious okra soup), thick and juicy "stobá" (stewed beef, goat, cucumbers), fresh catch of the day (mahi-mahi, wahoo, etc), with "funchi" (Curacao's version of cornmeal), "tutu" (black-eyed pea mush), "banana hasá" (fried plantains). If you still have room for dessert, try some "ko'i dushi" (sweet things)... or get some to go!
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