CILO Lounge opens at the downtown marina

Cilo article (2)CILO, short for City Lounge just opened facing the Oranjestad Marina at the Renaissance Marketplace. “We’re always there for you,” says Niels Stooter at the helm of the operation promising service at the speed of life, sometimes hurried as patrons walk in for a fast coffee and a short meeting, or leisurely and savored, as they linger over dinner & cocktails with friends, family members or business associates.

CILO Lounge was conceived with contemporary consumers in mind, aiming to please their diverse and changing needs from breakfast to lunch, dinner, or snacks in between, with a friendly nonstop food & beverage flow from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. which is the longest, most extensive on the island.

CILO Lounge is new, fresh and inviting. The décor borrowed from the island’s lexicon of images, fitting a retro stone wall over the bar, a sliced giant tree trunk in the center of the dining-room, orange uniform shirts, in honor of the royal Dutch color, a rustic ceiling, and a sweeping Back to Nature color palette, with large glass windows, inviting the marina sea view in, without interruption.

The industrial, no skid floor glitters slightly at night as it reflects the indirect light from the ceiling. From the inviting wooden booth at the entrance to the intimate café furniture, the flat screen TVs and piped-in music, CILO creates a feel-right loungy ambiance where patrons can be themselves, in their many incarnations, here & now, during all hours of the day.

Naturally the menu reflects that philosophical frame of mind, offering a variety of freshly prepared and beautifully plated fried eggs and omelets, melted Dutch Tostis, a great selection of stacked sandwiches on French, ciabatta, wheat or corn bread, innovative Club Sandwiches, creative BLTs, wraps from all four corners of the globe, and jaw-breaking hot sandwiches, including Gyros, Sate, Brie Cheese Nuts & Honey, Steak Sandwiches, and plentiful, classic dinner salads.

The all-day dining menu complements lunch & dinner options which list popular hot appetizers such as Au Gratin Mushrooms in herb cream sauce, homemade Crab Croquettes, and Gambas in garlic, and Soups counting fish, tomato and clear oxtail, among many tasty others.

From the Cold appetizers, Ocean Carpaccio, Smoked Salmon with herb cream cheese, Carpaccio Land & Fruit, and Duo of Smoked Ham and Melon, become the prelude to the Chef’s main courses which suggest hearty, interesting dishes, paired with an old fashion étagère, a stacked tower of sides, delivering salad, vegetables, and favorite-style potatoes to the table to be shared.

The Chef at CILO Lounge takes food seriously, presenting Stir-Fried Chicken, Spare Ribs with different sauces, Schnitzel, Pork Cutlet with stroganoff sauce, and the much loved Sukade stewed steak, besides Sate with shrimp crackers, peanut sauce and atjar, Porkloin Medallion with a cognac cream sauce, Grilled Ribeye Steak with garlic butter, Striploin with spicy, stir-fried vegetables and pepper sauce and Filet Mignon with fresh mushrooms, all priced reasonably and cooked to order.

Seafood lovers will be gratified at CILO Lounge with a fish carte du jour befitting a marina restaurant with Salmon, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Grouper and Shrimp on the menu besides just-caught-by-local-fishermen specials, brought in straight from the dock.

CILO welcomes vegetarians, often overlooked in conventional establishments, and kids, with their own dedicated menu, as well as the health-conscious, calorie-counter with a Light & Lively different platter every day!

And the desserts deserve a special write-up on their own, especially the Fried Cheese Cake, which is exceptionally good!

CILO Lounge offers live music with Duo Close Call on Tuesday evenings, live DJ mixing on Wednesdays and fun Karaoke every Thursday, lending repeat visitors a fresh experience every time. Air-conditioned during the day and with wide open terrace seating in the evening hours, CILO Lounge provides an ever-functional theater for the movie of our life.

With all major credit cards accepted, CILO Lounge has no service charge added to the check and any gratuity would be highly appreciated. Tel: 588 7996 www.cilo-aruba.com, also with daily updates on Twitter and FaceBook and free WiFi.