Welcome to China Nobo, one of Bonaire's oldest
restaurants that's been in continuous operation. China Nobo opened
its doors back in 1985, when Bonaire's fledgling tourist industry
was just beginning. Located in Nikiboko, China Nobo offers an alternative
to expensive dinners out--you can call ahead for carry-out or delivery,
or sit back and relax and enjoy your freshly prepared lunch or
dinner in their air-conditioned dining room.
Annie Chan, her husband, Wayman, and son, Samuel, offer excellent
quality with good prices. The Chan family re-located to Bonaire
in 1975 from China, so they can provide the real thing--excellent
Chinese food! Serving mostly Cantonese, some Schwezwan meals are
on the menu, but anything can be spiced
to your exact specifications.
No part of your meal is made in advance. Every meat or vegetable
is cut or diced only when you place your order. This means that
you may have to be more patient than normal when awaiting your
meal, but it's well worth the wait when you get an artfully prepared
meal with fresh ingredients.
China Nobo's two Chinese-born chefs came to Bonaire
only after being professionally trained in China and only after
they had each received experience in the industry back home. Each
one now creates a masterpiece on your plate.
The menu is wide and varied, with appetizers, soups, seafoods,
and dishes with meat, pork, steak, or curry. Such Chinese favorites
as Chop Suey, Chow Mien, and Fried Rice are available with several
Additionally, China Nobo offers their Chef's Special
Cantonese Dishes, with such a variety as Shrimp Foo Yong, Almond
Chicken, Tau See Beef, Hung Siew Fish, or Kung Bo Chicken, among
many other options. For those with a hankering for local food,
the restaurant offers popular Indonesian dishes such as Nasi Goreng
or Bami Goreng; Chicken Chicharon is another local favorite.
Annie's sweet & sour sauce is famous on Bonaire.
She has to make an ample supply, because the locals come by simply
to purchase her sauce to use in their own home cooking. Of
course, light meals, such as omelets and salads, are always available.
For those on the go at lunchtime, pick up the China Nobo Lunch
to Go, for only FL 6.00 or USD $3.37. Choose from a variety of
lunches served with fries, fried rice, or chow mien.
For those arriving on Bonaire late at night, take-out orders can be called in to 717-8981 as late as 10:30 PM, for pickup not later than 10:45 PM. China Nobo closes at 11:00 PM.
When next visiting Bonaire, do as the New York Times
did--be sure to have lunch or dinner at China Nobo. A staffwriter
of the New York Times was so impressed with the food, he did a
write-up on the restaurant. China Nobo probably has the distinction
of being one of a very few Bonaire restaurants to receive such
The Chan Family looks forward to seeing you at China
Nobo on your next visit to Bonaire. If you would like to make a
reservation in advance of your arrival, click
here. Don't forget to ask for a lesson on how to use chopsticks!
China Nobo is open daily from 10:00 AM through 11:00 PM.
map at right shows the location of China Nobo in the town of Nikiboko;
it's easily found from both the roads from Kralendijk or the airport,
or many find it convenient simply to follow the road from the ocean
in front of Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino, inland. Simply
cross two four-way intersections, and you'll find the restaurant
on your right.
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