Restaurants in Quito

There’s a great variety of restaurants in Quito, from traditional Ecuadorean food to excellent international cuisine. We had a few opportunities to try some of the restaurants in town.

 

Café Lisboa

The best breakfast we had was at Café Lisboa, just a block away from our hotel. There were three breakfast options – Americano, Andino, and Costeño. All came with eggs, a different side, and fresh juice. We paid US$7 total for our two breakfasts.

 

En Dulce

For lunch, we loved En Dulce. It’s situated on a street in the old town a little hidden away from the main sites. We were drawn in by the smell of freshly baked bread (which I may add is one of the treats of visiting Ecuador) and ended up going for lunch there two days in a row. They have great sandwiches and a plethora of sweets to choose from. Try the chocolate mousse cake. The servers are also very happy to explain everything. If you spot a 2,000 Colombian peso note at the register – it was our gift to them!

Sandwich at En Dulce in Quito, Ecuador

Sandwich at En Dulce

Chocolate cake at En Dulce in Quito, Ecuador

Chocolate cake at En Dulce

 

Cafetería Fabiolita

We had another nice lunch on Plaza Grande at Cafetería Fabiolita. It’s located under the cathedral to the left. They had very good sandwiches and fresh juice for US$8 for two.

Cafetería Fabiolita on Plaza Grande in Quito, Ecuador

Cafetería Fabiolita

 

La Negra Mala

For dinner, a very romantic place with classic Ecuadorean cuisine is La Negra Mala, located along La Ronda. I tried the llapingachos (fried potato cakes with a side of pork) and a cheese and avocado soup. Both were delicious. Service was great but their credit card machine wasn’t working. It ended up being about US$35 for the two of us.

La Negra Mala at La Ronda in Quito, Ecuador

La Negra Mala

Cheese and avocado soup at La Negra Mala in Quito, Ecuador

Cheese and avocado soup at La Negra Mala

Llapingachos at La Negra Mala in Quito, Ecuador

Llapingachos at La Negra Mala

 

Café Mosaico

Another place we tried was Café Mosaico, which had phenomenal views of the city from Parque Itchimbia. When it came to food, it was a disappointment. They offer some Greek dishes – none of which were prepared correctly. I ordered Greek style fries and they were normal fries. I had to tell the waiter I’m Greek and to put some feta cheese, oregano, and olive oil on them. He granted my wish, but that didn’t take away the fact there was no olive oil whatsoever on the Greek salad. The saving grace of the meal was the apple pie, which was excellent. In total, the meal cost US$40 for two.

View from Café Mosaico at Parque Itchimbia in Quito, Ecuador

View from Café Mosaico

 

Suvlaki

I had to forget about the bad experience at Café Mosaico, so I decided to seek out another Greek restaurant. This time, I found Suvlaki, a small fast food style restaurant in La Mariscal run by Grigoris from Thessaloniki and his wife Adriana from Ecuador. We had a very nice moussaka, spanakopita, greek salad, and frappe, topped off by a galaktoboureko for dessert. It turned out to be one of the best Greek meals I’ve had in South America. It cost US$20 total.

Suvlaki in La Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador

Suvlaki

Moussaka, Greek salad, spanakopita, and frappé at Suvlaki in La Mariscal, Quito, Ecuador

Moussaka, Greek salad, spanakopita, and frappé

 

El Mariachi Taco Factory

For Mexican food, we tried El Mariachi Taco Factory. It wasn’t that great. I had fajitas and guacamole. Marisol had tacos. Neither of us were satisfied. We paid US$28 including a beer each.

 

Plaza Foch

El Mariachi is located in an entertainment zone called Plaza Foch. There are all kinds of bars, clubs, restaurants, and cafés there for all kinds of tastes. Some of them are overpriced, of course, and you’ll be annoyed by people coming up to you trying to promote their clubs with “specials”. We hung out there after dinner with a couple other friends from Colombia and had a good time.

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