Almost 20 years ago, Ramon Helgers and Karsten Gesing founded Madame Janette offering guests al fresco dining in beautiful tropical gardens or in a romantic open-air area. Their combined experience results in tasteful and innovative dishes with exotic fruits, fruits, herbs, and vegetables on the menu. Mouthwatering gourmet dishes prepared with the freshest international ingredients, with some guests’ favorites including lobster ravioli, Black Angus beef carpaccio, duck breast, Chilean sea bass and “The Old Butcher Steak,” the best tenderloin cut around. But as you dine at Madame Janette, be prepared to take a trip around the world with long time traditional dishes like the Vienna-Style pork schnitzel, Argentine prime steaks, and local almond-crusted grouper.
In 2008 Madame Janette was the proud recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and was named Best Restaurant of the Caribbean in 2005.
From the press
An ‘international restaurant with a Caribbean touch,’ Madame Janette offers an enticing menu of seafood, steaks and schnitzels, such as sweet and spicy ‘Big-Bang Shrimp,’ a popular grouper amandine, and the decadent ‘Gianni Versace’ – filet mignon topped with spinach, portobello mushrooms and lobster medallions. Twinkling with lights, the lush garden makes for a delightful dining room.
The food at this restaurant, named after the Scotch bonnet pepper called Madame Janette in Aruba, is surprisingly not Caribbean spicy but French-inspired from the classic haute cuisine–trained chef. Though they do fuse Caribbean flavors when they see fit, especially in the fish and seafood dishes, you’ll find a lot of classic heavy butter-and-cream-sauce offerings for the meats like peppercorn cognac, béarnaise, and hollandaise. They have Aruba’s largest selection of specialty beers due to one co-owner’s avid interest in craft brewing. They also have a surprising number of specialty schnitzels. The commitment of the owners to serve only top quality in all of their offerings has won Madame Janette many prestigious culinary awards. You can be sure that a night at this spot will never disappoint when it comes to an over-the-top taste experience.