Tiestos Cafe Restaurant
Juan Jaramillo, Cuenca, Ecuador
Tiestos Cafe Restaurant Cuenca Reviews
One of Ecuador's best restaurants Mar 24, 2010
I have been to Tiestos restaurant two times as of this writing, it’s a great restaurant in Cuenca Ecuador. Actually, it’s one of the best meals I’ve eaten in all of Ecuador, but it’s not comparable to cebiche or sushi (some of my favs) since the dishes are more about meat but they do have seafood dishes too.
The chef, Juan Carlos, is a super nice guy and very passionate about food. I met him the first visit to Tiestos because he usually comes out to the tables at one point or another to chat. And I was the only one at the table who could speak Spanish so we hit it off.
On the second visit, he remembered me ;) It had been only one month but I was still surprised. We were a party of four which makes things easier for ordering purposes because on the menu they are advertised for 4 people. So it’s a shared dish type of place and they will make the orders to however many portions you want, I’m sure he isn’t too excited to do one portion for each person at the table so be reasonable.
The menu has a big selection of beef, pork, and chicken plates with various sauces and variations. We chose chicken curry for 2 people and beef tenderloin in a cheese sauce topped with sliced tomatoes for 2 people as well. In talking with the chef before ordering he highly recommended the prawns. Only one other person at the table was interested so I asked for a single portion of prawns in a garlic butter sauce and there was no problem with the small portion.
The wine list is also pretty decent from what I’ve seen in other similarly priced restaurants in Ecuador. We had a couple bottles of a South African red, but can’t remember the details.
The food is cooked and presented in the same dish, ceramic or stone and size is based on the order. As the food comes out, the lid is lifted in a pretty dramatic fashion, usually by Juan Carlos himself, and you catch first glimpse of the great presentation of food in the wonderful sauces. I got ahead of myself a little; before bringing out the main dishes, they bring out little bowls of side dishes. I think we got 15 or so of the little things, some were only dipping sauces for bread and there were also potatoes, onions, ect…
The food arrived and it was amazing! Juan Carlos is a creative chef, especially for Ecuador. I haven’t seen dishes like these anywhere in the country and the food had great flavor! The portions were big too. Between the 4 of us, we couldn’t eat all of it and I’m a BIG eater and so is my buddy who was with. We were stuffed but it was a friend’s birthday so I asked Juan Carlos to bring her out his favorite dessert. It was a cake with great chocolate and fruit sauces. And of course it was delicious! Before leaving the restaurant, Juan Carlos and I talked again and I watched him prepare more dessert dishes. It was so effortless for him to “draw” the flowers on the plates with the sauces.
Tiestos is my favorite restaurant in Ecuador! The food is unlike any other I’ve seen or tasted in Ecuador and the atmosphere is equally pleasing. It’s not the cheapest place though. For the four of us, we spent around $120 for three main dishes, two bottles of wine, and a couple other drinks. Juan Carlos didn’t charge us for the birthday dessert though, how nice ;) I can’t wait to get back to Cuenca and have another great meal.
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