At lunch time many restaurants have a set lunch menu including a soup (sopa), a main dish (segundo) and a small dessert (postre). For the main dish there is often a choice, but not always. A fruit drink is also included. For the set lunches (almuerzos) I usually paid $2 - 3 (June, July, August 2011). The quality of the food can vary.
The first photo is from Pumapungo in Cuenca. For $2 you get a soup, a main plate, a desert and a juice. The first time I ate here I also got a bowl of Mote de Maíz and the second time I had lunch here (yes, I came back another day because it was a good lunch) I got a bowl of popcorn.
Photo 2 is from another good lunch restaurant El Copihue Rojo in Latacunga. Before the soup a small starter was served. Then I got the soup and the main course. The main course was rice, chicken and some vegetables. For dessert there was a small piece of canned fruit. It was a good set lunch and absolutely worth the money.
I usually keep notes of my expenses just to see how much money I spend during the holiday (and it is also good when writing tips on VT). But this lunch I have forgotten to write down. I can’t remember how much it was, but it was not more than $3.
Photo 3 is from a not so good restaurant. On Espejo, down from Plaza Grande in Quito, there are three neighbouring restaurants with outdoor tables on the pedestrian street. It was a nice day and I wanted to sit outside eating lunch, so I headed here. I found a table at the restaurant advertising almuerzos (lunches) for $2. The soup was okay, but the main course with a piece of leathering meat didn’t taste good at all. All set lunches I have eaten in Ecuador ,before this and after, have tasted better. The food was not good but the location was good for people watching.
Photo 4 is from a small restaurant on Av Amazonas in Quito. There were two different soups to chose from and I had the chicken soup. For the main course I chose carne de res (beef), but there was also chicken and pork available. For desert there was a small piece of watermelon and to drink tamarind juice. For $2 dollars it was a good meal!
Photo 5 is from Puerto Villamil in Galapagos Islands where I had almuerzo at one of the restaurants on the west side of Parque Central. First I got a soup (sopa de carne) and then a plate with fried fish, rice and some salad. Included in the price was also a juice. The price for the lunch was $3 and it was so much better than the lunch I had had the previous day (a sandwich and coca-cola for the same price).
Scenic restaurant at the edge of the Pululahua Crater
with a gorgeous view of the crater. Food and service outstanding. The blackberry juice was wonderful!
Favorite Dish: Pasta Alfredo with mushrooms. Blackberry juice drink.
It must be somewhere at the borders of the jungle.But after a hard ride by bus to this place - it was a joy and experience to have diner in this restaurant in a very small town.
The cook is famous for preparing the local speciality : throut .
But you can manage the restaurant youself - by cutting some bread ! unique !
The last restaurant before going to the jungle ! Announced as mamma's restaurant but this is not the real name ! Maybe someone can help me !
Favorite Dish: There is only a "daily menu" most of all throut because this plate and popular - as fresh as nature can offer it ! From the rivers next to the door !
A speciality from the highlands is Locro de Papa, a thick soup made of potatoes, often served with cheese and avocado. Ingredients and preparation can vary though from place to place and sometimes it is made with corn.
I ate Locro de Papa a few times during my visit in Ecuador. Twice at Fruteria Monserrate in Quito.
I had heard they have a good Locro de papas with avocado and cheese, but when I arrived at 11.00 it was not ready yet, so I ordered Locro de papas con almejas (mussels) for $1.50 (June 2011). The soup tasted good, and I must say it tasted better than the Locro de papas with avocado and cheese, which I had another day.
Another time I ate Locro de Papa at Restaurante San Francisco in the Archbishop Palace in Quito. The restaurant is situated on the second floor, on a balcony around the courtyard. Here it was much more expensive and for a Locro de Papa and an orange juice, with IVA and service, it was $9.39 (August 2011).
In Cuenca I ate Locro de Papa at Raymipampa, a popular café and restaurant on the west side of Parque Calderon. The soup was good and was also served with two pieces of fresh bread. Soup, beer and IVA was $3.49 (July 2011).
The most expensive Locro de Papa I have had at Mea Culpa in Quito. With a mango juice, tax and service it was $11.41 (July 2012). But it was not the best. I think the best Locro de Papa I have eaten in Ecuador was at Tianguez in Quito. With a maracuya juice it was $6 (June 2012).
Another colombian restaurant ! As cool and as cheap (about 2,5 USD and you'll be full !) ! It has to be tested !!!
Un autre resto colombien ! Aussi sympa et aussi pas cher (2,5 USD et vous serez repu !) ! Faut l'essayer !!!
Favorite Dish: Apenas con pollo - Pasteles de pollo
In many places in Ecuador you can buy big fried empanadas. They are made of dough which is fried while you are waiting. They are warm when you eat them and they are delicious, but very greasy. The ones I had didn’t have any filling but sometimes there is a cheese filling.
The first photo is from the market in Zumbahua where I bought two empanadas and a coffee for $0.75 (July 2011). And the second photo is from Restaurant El Pollo Pachanguero in Centro Histórico in Quito, where I bought one for $0.50 when I passed by.
Besides these large fried empanadas you can of course buy the smaller empanadas with filling everywhere in Ecuador.
Ceviche is a dish made of uncooked fresh seafood which is marinated in lemon juice, and it often comes with herbs and sliced onion and tomato on top. You can have ceviche made of fish, shrimps, squid or shellfish. You can also get a mixed ceviche with different seafood. I like the fish and/or shrimp ceviche best.
Ceviche is often served with popcorn or banana chips on the side.
The ceviche in the picture is a Ceviche de Pescado (fish) which I ate at the restaurant Rincón de Alma in Puerto Ayora. It was $8.50 (July 2011) and then a plate of banana chips were also included.
At restaurant El Sol de Manta in Latacunga I had a fish and shrimp ceviche, which was served with popcorn on the side. Together with a side order of avocado and a lemon juice it was $9.20.
One of my favourite dishes in the country was the scrambled eggs and potatoes for breakfast. I would head for any market to buy this delicious meal which is made in a large frying pan and costs very little. Try it, it's just like home!
It's not the cheapest one in town (from 1.85 USD to 2.50 USD), but I really liked the calm of the place, the really nice juice and coffee and the design !
Ce n'est pas le moins cher (de 1.85 a 2.5 USD), mais j'ai bien aime le calme qui y regne, le jus de fruit et le cafe, tout autant que le design !
The newly opened International Food Restaurant Huauki. Chefs are Japanese who have much experience of international food from japanese, Thai, chinese, Vietnam, Mexican, and Ecuadorian. The space of the restaurant is quite amazing. You take your shoes off before entering and sit down on the floor. Just enjoy good music and atomosphere. Drinks are cheap and foods are various. I am sure you would love it. I am sure I would come back!!
Favorite Dish: Spring roll which has shrimp, cucumber, and noodles inside rounded by rice. It was very very good. I would not mind paying to eat this good food.
Great ambiance,decor, service, food, and moderate prices. A good selection of local and international dishes offered from the menu.
Favorite Dish: I selected a local seafood dish as seafood is my favorite, and they did not disappoint.
Small place, nice and cheap breakfast... Let's be introduced to the local food in the morning !!!
Petit endroit, pas cher et bon petit-dej... Laissez-vous tenter par la bouffe locale des le petit matin !!!
I was looking for some "baklavas" and here, they are so good !! The owner is so nice !!!
Je cherchais des "baklavas", et ici, c'est tellement bon ! Le proprio est trop gentil !
Favorite Dish: Pastries, pastries !!
Les patisseries !!!
The two colombian ladies are so smiling and so nice, that you could forget how much the food is simple (chicken, meat, hot-dog, with potatoes and sauce), good and cheap (2 USD max !).
Les deux madames colombiennes sont tellement souriantes et gentilles, qu'on en oublierait presque que la bouffe (poulet, viande, hot dog, avec des petites patates et de la sauce) est bonne, simple et pas cher (maxi, 2 USD !).
Favorite Dish: Pollo con papas, ensalada y salsa
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