Looking for that amazing dish... but they didn't have the ingredients :(

Puerto Cayo Travel Blog

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so peaceful
Ok, next stop would be Puerto Cayo. Last time we were there, they were having this Food Festival, so the streets were crowded with families and children, plus it was sunny. Today was an ordinary Sunday and it was cloudy. OMG! The town I knew a couple of months ago looked totally different now. Empty beach, almost nobody walking on the streets...

We went first to the beach, but decided to take a look around the square. Noone was there... No children laughing and playing... maybe everyone was at home, just being lazy... took a couple of pics and we drove back to the beach. At least the kiosks there were open.

After taking a short walk we decided to go to one of the kiosks and drink something.
cheers!
It was still early for lunch and we both already knew where we wanted to go. There are several kiosks here and we chose the one with a free table outside. The guy brought the menu, but our order would be really simple: "cerveza & patacones" (beer and fried plantain), hehehe.

We got our beers and the patacones came different as usual. They served also some pieces of cheese. The typical Ecuadorian cheese is very salty. Shawn doesn't like it very much, but I do, hahaha. I'm a salt-addict, hahaha. Nevertheless, he ate it, food is food ;) We were just chilling out and watching people. Well, we saw a couple of travelers. They were driving a jeep. I assumed their whole house was in that jeep, pfff. Some families started to arrive. It was getting lunch time. Ok, let's go to that restaurant we were dreaming about, hahaha.
restaurant was busy, quality, quality!


This time we didn't have to look for the restaurant, we knew where it was located and didn't need to get directions, hehehe. When we arrived we saw that it was crowded. The 5 tables were already taken... no problem, we'd wait. We weren't hungry, plus the food is so worth it here...
I don't know if Shawn was joking or not, but he said: "I'm not sure if they would be able to serve that dish..." What?!? I'd find out that ASAP.

As if I were in my house, I went to the kitchen, hahaha. There I saw the chef. I was about asking him if he recognized me, but the clearly did it. Well, how many people come from other country and talk about food, hehe. I told him we were back in town and came straight to his restaurant looking for that sweet & sour dish. Then I heard it: "So sorry, but I can't cook it today.
big shrimps, yummy
" What?!? ! "I don't have pineapple..." Oh no! I remembered he mentioned he uses the can pineapple for his dish and it's very difficult to find it in Puerto Cayo. So, no surprises he can't cook this dish as much as he'd like to...

Oh well, we were already there and a good chef is always a good chef, so we'd try something different. But we made a deal, next time I'm in town, I should bring with me a can of pineapple and he'd cook this dish for me. Ok, we had a deal. I told Shawn what I just found out and he said: "I knew it! I had this feeling..." So, why didn't you say anything in Manta? We could have bought pineapple there... well, I have to remember to pack a pineapple can next time I visit Puerto Cayo.

There was a big family having lunch, but some of the members were already ready, so a table was free.
Puerto Cayo wasn't as small as I thought...
The boy took that table and sat it for us. In the meanwhile, we were discussing about what to have for lunch, so when he came the decision has already been taken. We were the only non locals here. Everyone here knew how good the food was here and kept on coming back. The restaurant is not located right in front of the beach and is not that easy to find, unless you know about it. Good sign!

I got a mix cebiche, shrimps again, hehe and Shawn got garlic shrimp. Both dishes were very good, big shrimps, large portions and low prices, hehehe, what else can you ask for?

Lesson of the day: travel with a pineapple can whenever I'm going to Puerto Cayo ;)
yadilitta says:
should be part of your luggage...
Posted on: Sep 26, 2009
geerbox says:
Yes, always carry canned pineapple with you :)
Posted on: Sep 26, 2009
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so peaceful
so peaceful
cheers!
cheers!
restaurant was busy, quality, qual…
restaurant was busy, quality, qua…
big shrimps, yummy
big shrimps, yummy
Puerto Cayo wasnt as small as I t…
Puerto Cayo wasn't as small as I …
a fisher town indeed
a fisher town indeed
just driving around
just driving around
it was full last time!
it was full last time!
Yes, we are in Puerto Cayo
Yes, we are in Puerto Cayo
showers at the square
showers at the square
loved to have wheels again, hahaha
loved to have wheels again, hahaha
beach wasnt crowded
beach wasn't crowded
anyone needs transport to Guayaqui…
anyone needs transport to Guayaqu…
some families hanging out
some families hanging out
I think the jeep is their house :)
I think the jeep is their house :)
it was cloudy
it was cloudy
just chilling out
just chilling out
garlic shrimp, yummy!
garlic shrimp, yummy!
tasty cebiche
tasty cebiche
Puerto Cayo Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Nice spot for a snack and a beer - La Ruta del Sol
There are several restaurants in front of the beach in Puerto Cayo. Most of them offer the same dishes. Why is this one different? Well, we didn't … read entire review
Puerto Cayo
photo by: yadilitta