Ecuadorian cuisine is one of the best in Latin America. The environment produces the freshest ingredients and the traditional dishes served are difficult to come by anywhere else in the world. Ecuadorian restaurants have adopted new tendencies and modern cooking techniques and have become open-minded to international influences. So their cuisine is always evolving. Here are some of the best restaurants located in the capital city of Quito:
Casa Gangotena boasts incredible views of a major public square in the Historic Center of Quito: The Plaza de San Francisco (“Saint Francis Square”). This classic and sophisticated restaurant is the ideal setting for a memorable dining experience. Its refined style and peaceful ambiance makes guests feel comfortable. The chef in charge of the kitchen is the well-known Andrés Dávila creating meals inspired by his childhood. Casa Gangotena offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, Quito coffee, and dinner. Their motto is: “experience a trip through the flavors of Ecuador.” Are you ready for the journey?
Cosa Nostra Trattoria Pizzeria is a perfect alternative for families and friends that would like to try Italian-Ecuadorian pizzas. This restaurant offers an extensive pizza menu with a twist. All pizzas are prepared in a wood-fired oven and maintain the authenticity of italian pizza with an Ecuadorian touch. They are known for using high-quality organic ingredients that allow for homemade pasta such as ravioli, gnocchi and lasagna. Cosa Nostra offers excellent service and provides a family atmosphere.
Zazu is a modern and stylish restaurant in Quito offering a variety of traditional dishes presented by Rafael Pérez. Its unique and chic environment is perfect for business dinners or formal events. The most popular dishes in this restaurant are: The Stone Crab served with olive oil, chili and lime juice; The suckling Pig Tacos; Octopus; Andean Grains and Native Potatoes; and of course, a variety of Ceviches.
Ikala Restaurant should be number one on your list of restaurants to visit in Quito if you’re a brunch lover. It offers an extensive breakfast buffet aside from its regular breakfast and dinner menus. Their local and international dishes are truly a delight and include: Llapingachos (potato cakes), Ecuadorian Churrasco, Pomodoro Spaghetti, Locro de papas and more. The drinks menu includes everything from natural juices to wine and exotic cocktails. Ikala has two dining areas where the modern meets the traditional. Ikala ensures a harmonic ambiance for families, friends, and corporate guests. You will truly appreciate the kindness and good care of the staff in addition to the excellent food. It is located in La Mariscal district of Quito, which is only 10 minutes by car from downtown.
Octava de Corpus is an old-fashioned colonial house transformed into a cozy restaurant in the traditional neighborhood of San Marcos. The cuisine is a fusion of different nations offering a variety of seafood options. They pride themselves on being a distinguished gastronomic destination in Quito where one can enjoy exquisite wine and refined Ecuadorian and European Art.
All of the restaurants mentioned above offer tourists a unique experience resulting from the combination of traditional Ecuadorian cuisine with international flavors and modern cooking techniques. It is no secret that Ecuador has developed and improved its food industry. Thanks to globalization this Latin American country is now able to accommodate those who would like to try new dishes, new flavors, and a new type of culinary fusion. Come stay with us and try one of these top culinary spots, our very own Ikala Restaurant. At Anahi Boutique Hotel we offer excellent service, high quality amenities and of course, modern clean rooms. To book your stay with us today click here.