Juan Ludeña   Chef

Juan Ludeña

Break free at Papillon in The Village. It combines history with a trend-setting, elegant menu, infusing its French-Belgian cuisine with Caribbean flair.

Famous convict Papillon’s incredible flight to freedom is the restaurant’s theme and the menu reflects the Frenchman’s arduous journey. The spacious outside terrace is perfect for casual fine dining. The iron bars and flecks of rust and stains on the walls make one very glad to be here and not in Papillon’s shoes, in the 1940’s. Charrière would undoubtedly have loved ‘his’ place on Aruba: this is luxury escape for anyone!

Range: 9.00 – 25.00

escargots in a creamy sauce with mushrooms, garlic, onions and herbs, served with toasted bread 

Cuisses de Grenouille
frog legs coated in spices and tossed with a dressing of herbs and garlic, served with lime

Crab Cakes de L’Île
lump crab cakes with scallions and cilantro served with tamarind remoulade

Carpaccio de Boeuf
rare, thinly sliced truffle-marinated Angus beef with roasted pine nuts, tomatoes, Parmesan and truffle crème
— regular
— with goose liver curls

Foie Gras
seared goose liver on a classic brioche accompanied by truffle and goose liver pâté with red fruits

Range: 29.00 – 48.00

Grouper Papillon
grouper fillet pan-fried with garlic, herbs and lemon under a potato crust, served with a white wine-lobster sauce

Poisson Rouge

tuna steak spiked with Cajun spices, seared medium-rare over high heat, served with a soy and brown sugar drizzle, mango compote and spicy papaya sauce

Canard à l'Orange

duck breast seared on the skin, served with roasted sweet potato, green asparagus, orange-passion fruit sauce and a chocolate drizzle

Sea Bass en Sel

oven-baked sea bass in a sea salt crust, served with a cilantro pesto and a mango-tomato compote

Wild Boar
slow-braised wild boar shank served in its own gravy, with red cabbage and red beet risotto

Filet Mignon

8-oz Angus beef grilled to your liking, served with a red wine-truffle sauce

Lobster à la Caraïbe

broiled butterfly Caribbean lobster tail with white wine and garlic butter, served with herbed oil and a tomato compote


Aubergine Provençale
— 24.50
roasted eggplant stuffed with onions, celery, leeks, mushrooms, mozzarella and Parmesan with red wine risotto and blue cheese artichokes

Fettuccine Forêt
— 27.00
fettuccine pasta prepared with olive oil, black pepper, portobello mushroom, truffle, roasted tomatoes and shaved Parmesan

* Vegan menu available, ask your waiter for all our options!

Range: 9.00 – 13.00

Lime Cheesecake
home-made cheesecake with a touch of lime, a cantaloupe sorbet, a ginger snap crust and a red fruit coulis

Chocolate Lava Cake

chocolate cake with a soft center, baked à la minute and served with butterscotch ice cream and almonds – it’s worth the wait!

Price per person: 29.75

3-Course Menu Including Wine
served from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.



The Village
Juan E. Irausquin Blvd. 348A
Across from the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
(297) 586-5400



Dinner: 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.,
Monday to Sunday
Dining: Indoors – Outdoors –
Open-air (covered)
Serving: Dinner
Attire: Elegantly casual
✓ Bar
✓ Parking

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