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Le-Ma-Se

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Kaya Rincon #34, Kralendijk, Bonaire
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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117 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2015

12 years ago Norman the owner, 'fed' me and my ex--girlfriend with pumpkin-soup in his kitchen; we were hydrating after a long hike with lack of water. with the family and no charges. then we ordered his homemade milkshake. this milkshake is 'the best milkshake in the caribbean' - it says in a dutch book about Bonaire. A few days... More 

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Thank Ingmar69
Florida Keys
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41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2015

Norman is a great host for a bite and drink after a dive. Try his squash soup, I promise you've never had anything better.

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Thank Keysmickey
San Diego, CA
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56 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2015

We ate there twice. Try owner Norman's excellent squash soup if it's available. The Pastechis (kind of like empanadas) are a treat - all the flavors are good. The homemade milkshakes are also excellent. Norman is full of interesting stories about Bonairean politics and intrigue.

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Thank SanDiegoLovesSnow
San Diego, California
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128 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2015

This is a small sit down/fast food cafe. Norman's food is very good and he specializes in pestichi's which are similar to Mexican empanada's or Welsh pasti's. The pestichi's are meat filled and crispy on the outside. Just delicious. His milkshakes are the real deal. Homemade and taste like real ice cream. We tried the banana and pistachio milkshake. Yummy.... More 

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Thank f16addict
Kansas City
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2015

On my most recent trip, as always, I had to stop in for some squash soup and ice cream and a chat with Norman! This is a must place to visit if you are in Bonaire. Norman is wonderful and the food is that kind of "local good" that can be hard to find.

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Thank GayleKansasCity
Edmonton, AB
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76 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2015

We visited twice, once for ice cream/milkshakes and once for light lunch. Norman runs the place and loves to chat and talk about Bonaire, and loves to have peope try (for free) samples of his very nice and hearty soup. My wife loved her pistachio milkskare and I enjoyed my vanilla ska.e Shakes aren't huge or cheap but are quite... More 

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Thank snorkelface
Anaheim, California
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2014

Let me first say, This is the place to stop on your way through Rincon for some SUPER tasty treats. Norman is always pleasant and willing to spend a few minutes chatting about whatever is on his mind or just life in general. The real reason for stopping by is his food. The Pastistes are absolutely to die for. If... More 

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Thank Ben C
Birmingham, AL
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358 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2013

Any visit to Bonaire wouldn't be complete without spending a few hours sweating at Le-Ma-Se in Rincon. A visit with Norman is a cultural exchange with a local that enjoys being around people. Any reviewer that doesn't like the experience should stay at the Ritz and partake in foods and service watered down to make them comfortable and important. Many... More 

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Thank VinoBambinos
Angier, North Carolina
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1 review
Reviewed 3 March 2013

We travel annually to Bonaire diving and out trip is never complete unless we get to see Norman at Le-Ma-Se. The squash soup and milkshakes are a must to try. If you are adventurous ask him to prepare you some Iguana soup or fried goat's blood.

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Thank DODScuba
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2013

Le MA Se is a small and humble place where you can have tasty milkshakes, among other things, and have a chat with Norman, it's friendly owner. It's true that he won't tell you the prices until the end, but we paid a reasonable price. I'll go again and taste other milkshakes.

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Caribbean, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Kaya Rincon #34, Kralendijk, Bonaire
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Bonaire  >  Kralendijk

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?