2 Fools and a Bull

9,9 based on 21 reviews
Cuisine(s):
International
Main Course:
$80.00 - $80.00
is:
  • Fine Dining
  • Indoor Dining
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Meals:
Dinner
Serves:
Ratings & more:
Excellent!
Menu(s):

Restaurant Information

2 Fools and a Bull
across from Kong Fui SupermarketPalm Beach Road17
Aruba
Tel: +(297) - 586 7177
Opening Hours:
Opening times: 7.00pm - 7.30pm
Well, that's when the "meet & greet" starts.
(Saturday's and Sunday's closed)
2 Fools and a Bull
Don't be Fooled by the name of the new eatery which has taken up residence in what was the Espanjola Way on the Palm Beach Road in Noord. 2 Fools and a Bull offers guests a unique dining experience previously unknown to Aruba. The 2 Fools, Fred Wanders and Paul Faas have created a unique atmosphere in a restored Old Cunucu House guaranteeing that guests at 2 Fools and a Bull, feel they are entering a private home. Taking center stage, is a fully restored, authentic French firewall, the only one of its kind in the Caribbean! A comfortable "dining bar" seating a maximum of 18 faces the French firewall inviting diners to observe the open kitchen where food becomes art for the senses.
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Fantastic

Apr 6, 2015 - posted by
Was lucky enough to get a reservation due to a cancellation . It's was four of us and we all enjoyed our meal . Plus we a great time ! It was like a diner party with old friends , even though we all just met !! Will definitely go back !! Loved the chef and the host !
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Great Night Out

Jan 14, 2015 - posted by
Fantastic ! Chef Fred & Host Paul made us feel right at home . The food was prepared and presented beutifully . The experience was not your typical restaurant dining . It was more like being invited to their home to join them in the celebration of food and wine . Thank you to fools and for using the bull :) The lam hops where amazing . Looking forward to being invited & seeing you same time next year . South Jersey Sambuvca Lol .. John & Joanne Liccio
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CONTINUED EXCELLENCE

Mar 25, 2014 - posted by
We returned to 2 FOOLS this year (2014) with continued high expectations for them and they met and exceeded the challenge once again. Believe it or not we are running out of compliments that we can bestow upon this place and its proprietors. Everything about it is simply superlative - food, service, atmosphere, entertainment, and the diners they attract (whom you interact with as well) are all part of the "superlative experience". These proprietors simply have their act consistently together and it shows in every aspect of the business. 2 FOOLS is not number 1 without reason and it appears that they will remain so for some time to come and, in our opinion, that status is a noticeable distance from number 2. The only thing that we can even remotely think of that might improve the 2 FOOLS experience is to be adopted by the proprietors, Paul and Fred, and have the opportunity to dine with them every evening. We already have our reservations in for 2015 and, though one is made to feel like family anyways, at that time we hope to be able to present our case for our formal adoption. Remember to make your reservation early (and re-confirm it as the date gets closer) for one of the most memorable dining experiences that you can partake of in Aruba and Enjoy. The experience is a real treat and will, most likely, be one of the highlights of your trip to Aruba.
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2 Fools = Amazing Dinner!

May 17, 2013 - posted by
This is the third time I've had dinner with the 2 Fools and, once again, incredible food and an incredible evening. Alot of fun to mingle on the patio with the other guests before dinner with a complimentary glass of champagne. By the time you're seated for dinner, it feels like a fun dinner party where everyone knows you. Each course was amazing and the wine pairings were spot on. This is definitely a fun dining experience for the entire evening!

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You Be A Fool Not To Try

May 12, 2013 - posted by
We made our third trip to see the Fools this week and it was as good as the first two. Fred is the artist and Paul is the entertainer. We had Veal Carpaccio followed by Shrimp Ravioli. After a small break we were served Grouper Thermidor and then Beef Tenderloin Stroganoff. There is an explanation of what ingredients these dishes are made with, but I didn't take notes because I was too anxious to start eating. Every bite is so good. I am not an adventurous eater by any measure, but when I go to 2 Fools and a Bull I just go for the ride and it is undoubtedly the best eating I have ever experienced. The wine pairings are extra and you can go with or without them, but I have always found them to accent the meal perfectly. For the 3rd time I have also found the company to be part of what makes the evening great. You meet 10-12 new friends that are in great spirits that add to the experience. Finish with an exquisite dessert, then the Staff Meeting on the patio with Paul and Fred and 5 hours flew by. My only regret is if I keep writing these reviews, I won't be able to get in on future trips.
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SUPERLATIVE BEYOND COMPARE

Mar 19, 2013 - posted by


We returned to 2 Fools this year and were warmly greeted by the proprietors, Paul and Fred (AKA Fool 1 and Fool 2). One in our party has some dietary issues and last year 2 Fools handled it so well that we wanted to see if they could match their performance realizing that being consistent at the high end is often quite difficult. To our surprise and satisfaction, they exceeded their performance of the prior year and our hats are off to them for doing so.

From the initial champagne greeting and being introduced and getting to know your fellow diners to the end of the evening everything flows smoothly and well. Paul and Fred are the consummate hosts and they complement one another very well.

After being seated everyone is directed to a menu board that sets out what can be expected during the evening. It is pleasing to see optional beverages listed as well as their price - there is no surprise here. Choose beverage X and you are going to be charged $Y - that is called full disclosure and transparency and that is a fair and upright way of doing business that is appreciated here.

And then the fun begins as you are served full size servings of four or five courses (depending on the night) of some of the best food made in the most impeccable fashion that you can imagine. MASTER CHEF, FRED is talented beyond compare and rather than simply modify the dishes of others to accommodate dietary issues, he prepares unique dishes to do so - which is much appreciated and the way it should be done.

Seating around a counter actually works here because it is not a long semi-circle type of counter but more like three sides of square which brings people a bit closer and more accessible for discussion purposes. To reinforce the interaction, occasional breaks or interludes are strategically placed during the evening and they work quite well.

Every night is a unique experience here and the repertoire is bountiful and endless.

These people simply have their act together and it shows in every way and results in a first class result.

Part of our objective this year was also to compare the 2 Fools and Carte Blanche experiences and we have concluded that, though both are very good, 2 Fools is the superior one and we will be returning next year to enjoy it again.

BE A FOOL FOR THE EVENING AND EXPERIENCE ONE OF (IF NOT "THE") THE BEST DINING EXPERIENCES IN ARUBA. This place is not rated #1 without good reason. There is nothing here that we find that we can be critical about and we strongly encourage and highly recommend this place to all. Be sure to make your reservations early. GO AND ENJOY.

Visited March 2013
5 of 5 stars Value
5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
5 of 5 stars Service
5 of 5 stars Food

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Incredible! Best meal in 15 years!

Jan 5, 2013 - posted by
These two fools really know what they are doing from start to finish. This experience is not only full of upbeat fun, the food and wine are absolutely divine. Period. Do yourself a favour and make a reservation. Well in advance. You will thank me.
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Beyond FABULOSITY!!!!

Nov 17, 2012 - posted by
This was our 5th trip to Aruba. Our special treat is each night to dine at the best of the best restaurants. I don't know that it is in my vocabulary to come up with an appropriate word to describe the 2 Fools experience. First off, experience is key here! From the moment we walked up to the entrance and was warmly greeted by Paul through the last bite of the otherworldly dessert....and the special escort upon exiting from Fred (including a hug) the food, the atmosphere, the company, the wine pairings...AMAZING!!!...I would challenge the most discerning foodie to try to beat it. The evening begins with cocktails on the patio and meeting the other diners. Since the venue is small (16 guests) the tone is set for a relaxed and luxurious experience. The menu is then introduced and the experience begins....WOW! WOW! WOW! Paul keeps the conversation going with his and Freds backgrounds and interesting stories involving the menu selection. After the first two courses, guests are encouraged to get up and move a bit and explore the historic building or just chat with the new acquaintances. Every detail of your evening is thoughtfully planned and expertly executed. The portions are perfectly sized to enjoy every last bite. The flavorings are exquisite. Make your reservations online and don't hesitate to go on the wait list. We visited twice in the course of two weeks and were promptly notified when an opening became available which luckily we were smart enough to jump on! Nothing on the island compares!
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2 Fools Twice

Nov 17, 2012 - posted by
During my last visit to Aruba I had the good fortune to get a place at the table from the wait list twice. The first trip was due to curiosity, the second was due to complete satisfaction. At first I was unsure about spending 4 hours at dinner with strangers. The combination of Paul's ability to host and make the group feel like new found friends, and Fred's magic with the food, make 4 hours fly by.The first thing that I decided was that I had to surrender my palate to whatever was coming and that was a complete pleasure. You sit for a 5 course meal with opprtunites to take breaks and retreat to the patio or take a tour of the house, the wine room, the kitchen. Our first vist we had an appetizer of Tuna Tartar and Wahoo Tataky with a shot of Saki, Cornish Hen Salad, Dover Sole, Beef Wellington and a Dessert Called Cupcake, but was much more than a cupcake. Paul's wine pairings are excellent and add to the evening. On our second visit a week later (luckily off the waitlist again), we had the Cornish Hen Salad and Dover Sole again (no complaints with repeats as they are so good), a Shrimp Ravioli with a tall shot glass of Lobster Bisque, Lamb and Veal from the Bull (the Bull is a centerpiece rotisserie oven) and a Chocolate Dessert that was incredible. After you have finished your meal, you take your final drink and join Fred and Paul for the evening Staff Meeting on the patio. It is the perfect way to complete the experience with the 2 Fools and your new found friends.
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Wonderful Dining Experience

Oct 18, 2012 - posted by
We were warmly greeted by our hosts Fred and Paul and invited to a welcome champagne cocktail with the other 12 dinner guests. This unique way of introducing the other guests before being seated allowed for comfortable interaction throughout the evening. Fred prepares his special menu with all the skill and lifelong experience of creating an amazing dining experience where know-how and creativity combine to yield spectacular results. Paul provides the wine accompaniements, should you partake, and we found that the choices were all beautifully paired with Fred's menu. The two of them work very well together, playing off each other's personalities and both of them are very committed to making it one of the best dining experiences you'll have while on Aruba. Be prepared to spend some time at 2 Fools as everything is cooked fresh and plated right before you. This is an experience that should be savored and can only be done if you have the time to invest in it. Actually the time flys by unnoticed. Two Fools and a Bull has been a truely memorable dining experience for us in Aruba.
Doug and Dan
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