Jaanchie’s Restaurant – Restaurant Review – Westpunt, Curaçao – Stewed Iguana!

Note: Please pardon my horrible photos. Along with slight condensation, the lens on my camera was dirty!

Jaanchie’s Restaurant is located in Westpunt, Curaçao that serves seafood and local cuisine. Three generations have operated this establishment since 1936! After reading recommendations online, we were excited to try this place and their speciality – Iguana!

We knew we were in for a treat upon entering. It was quite busy with a mix of locals and other tourists. There is a courtyard in the front where many birds fly around. The restaurant is decorated with kitschy items and tchotchkes.

You are seated and the owner comes over to sit at your table. He will tell you about the dishes available that day and will give you recommendations. Each meal is served with your choice of rice, french fries or rice and beans. We decided on the fish, beef and a side order of stewed iguana.

Each platter was similar other than the stewed meat. It was delicious and quite filling! You get a little scoop of ice cream at the end of the meal.

It’s really true, Iguana does taste like chicken! Other than it being boney, the texture and taste are similar!   Maybe that’s why people call it “the chicken of the trees”.

Our meal came to about $50 US, but the owner gave me a Free wallet!

Our Rating:
Atmosphere: 9/10
Yumminess: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Price for 2 People: $50USD (approx. $62CDN)