What we all assume about Ecuador is no longer true. While everyone’s ringtone, car alarm, door bell, fog horn and smoke detector issues the timeless tune Ecuador by Sash!, they no longer all hum it under their breath while they go about their daily business. Pity.
There are some nice places to eat in Ecuador, but they don’t jump out at you. Plaza El Quinde is a joyless facsimile of the worst of Piccadilly Circus and must be avoided unless you’re planning some kind of terrorist attack.
In Quito itself we enjoyed a trip to Criollo (http://www.elcriollo.com.ec), a reliable place which did not skimp on portions and served a terrific ceviche. It also showed the Discovery Channel. I always enjoy watching insects devour a carcass then build a nest as I’m trying to eat. The highlight of Quito was Naranjilla Mecanica, a bar/restaurant which I wish was a lot closer. Fundamentally cool layout and décor, serving a mean G’n’Fn’T.
South of Quito we popped into Rumipamba hacienda (http://www.rumipamba.com/) south of Latacunga (a forgettable backwater) which served excellent meat and was entirely free of Mancs pushing tictac flavoured disco biscuits.
I couldn’t leave Ecuador without enjoying some roast guinea pig (who can?) which I enjoyed south of Baños. Actually there’s precious little meat to enjoy, but you do get a laugh out of the contorted cadavers grilling into grotesque shapes over the coals. But wheedling out the chicken-flavoured meat is an unrewarding exercise.
Av. Norte s/n y Eloy Yerovi
Tel: +593 3 2726128 / 272-6306
Tel: +593 8 156 2585
Flores N7-31 y Olmedo
Tel: +593 228 9811
Jose Luis Tamayo
Quito Canton, Ecuador