La Primera Casa

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La Ronda, Quito, Ecuador
La Primera Casa - Mask on the wall
La Primera Casa - Chicken Cordon Bleu
La Primera Casa - Fritada
La Primera Casa - Empanadas
La Primera Casa - In La Primera Casa

La Primera Casa Quito Reviews

Toonsarah Toonsarah
341 reviews
Cold room, cool service Oct 25, 2012
We had dinner in La Primera Casa on a Saturday evening, when La Ronda was at its busiest and the restaurant pretty busy too, although not completely full. Perhaps that explains, but doesn’t justify, the incredibly slow service. Now, I don’t want to be hurried over a meal when I’m on holiday, and I’d rather service were a little slow than too quick. But to sit for 15 minutes between ordering our first beer and its arrival, and 30 minutes before the empanadas we’d ordered to go with it appeared, is a bit too much! A shame, as the interior of this restaurant is lovely, with several small rooms decorated with interesting folk items such as colourful masks and a central fire – though we were to find that the latter did not give off enough heat to counter the chill air coming through the door.

When the empanadas did eventually arrive they were very good – light and crisp, with a tasty filling and a hot salsa aji (chilli sauce) for dipping. Unfortunately though, my main course didn’t live up to this promising start. I had ordered fritada, a traditional dish of pork with different accompaniments – corn (both the local white corn or moté and corn on the cob), lima beans, avocado, white cheese, plantain, my favourite llapingachos (potato patties) and salsa. The meat seemed over-cooked to my taste (though as I found this in a number of Ecuadorean restaurants I started to wonder if locals prefer their meat served dry like this?) The corn and beans were lacking in flavour too, though the llapingachos were very good and the salsa delicious. Chris was somewhat happier with his choice of chicken Cordon Bleu, a popular, if international, dish here, but overall we found the meal disappointing and, by the end of it, the restaurant uncomfortably cold.

Our bill came to $32 for the shared starter, two main courses and four small beers.
In La Primera Casa
Empanadas
Fritada
Chicken Cordon Bleu
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