Located in the middle of the city's commercial and banking quarter, this is the spot to eat as the locals do. It serves some of the best local cuisine ... More
Located in the middle of the city's commercial and banking quarter, this is the spot to eat as the locals do. It serves some of the best local cuisine in town, and spices up the ambiance with live harp music. Traditional Guatita (side of beef cooked with peanuts and potatoes) and steamed tongue are popular choices, not to mention the well-known set menus that combine soup (cow-foot soup, 'yahuarlocro' and others). It is also has other exotic offerings like guinea pig and more recognizable entrees like quarter chicken.
While Mama Clorinda's is one of the few places we found Guinea Pig (Cuy, as it's known in Ecuador and Peru) on the menu, we found the food disappointing in a number of ways.
First, all of the meats we ordered (including fried pork and guinea pig) were overly salty. The pork and fish we had were also dry.
The restaurant certainly had character with low ceilings and tight quarters, but it felt rather touristy at the same time.
We found much better Quitoan/Ecuadoran food at "Hasta La Vuelta, Señor".
if you are hungry, order something extra because they don't give you enough food in this resturant. the food taste ok, the service is very slow. the waiters are arragon and they will only treat you like a customer when they hand you the bill. (I guess they expect you to give them a extra tips plus the 10 percent they already charge you in the bill.
Went there specifically for the deep fried cuy. It was shown on the menu and in the window of the restaurant as being prepared whole, but it was served in pieces, ala KFC. It was difficult to eat and quite costly compared to the rest of the items on the menu. I was disappointed, though my tablemates were supremely amused. I hope to try cuy again during my stay, and have it prepared whole.
Mama Clorinda was one of my favorite restaurants that served reliably good Ecuadorian food. It was good in 2000 and 2001, but when I was there in September of 2003, the food quality had gone downhill. I'd still encourage you to try it though -- maybe they were just having a bad day. One of their best menu items is locro (potato and cheese soup) -- nearly everyone will enjoy it. It is a family friendly place, and sometimes a man playing a harp will come in and play for the patrons.
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