on how to survive gastronomically - in Ecuador!
Restaurante Jardin, Quito,
news for those of you looking for
decent food in Quito, which doesn't
involve Guinea Pig or Maize Soup!
In Avalon you will find some very
high quality ingredients cooked in
a way that you will recognise and
understand, which may well come as
a welcome relief!
owner of this delightful restaurant
is Henry Richardson,
whose mother comes from a long line
of Ecuadorian top chefs and his father´s
family the same, but from Alabama.
He will make you feel very welcome
and might steer you towards
a truly stunning Pangora Gratinada, which is a kind of Stone Crab Thermidor.
Some readers may remember my description of the fresh crab salad off Krabi
in Southern Thailand, believe me this dish is right up there! I could also
have gone with Ceviche or Oysters but I really recommend this starter.
I was a bit unadventurous with the main course but tried some US Beef which
was exactly what I was feeling like and which was delicious. There are many
other grills of excellent quality meat. The fish is what this country is famous
for so there is an excellent selection of that too.
As seemingly everywhere in Spanish speaking South America, the only half bottle
of red is the Casillero del Diablo, which fortunately is very good. Incidently
the name means Devil´s Lair, which the owner of Concha y Toro called his cellar
to prevent his workers pinching his wine. It worked!
Avalon is easily the best restaurant in Quito; your meal will cost around US$60
a head, which is well worth it for the quality. Mention Dine Online and Charles
Pelham and you are sure to get a warm welcome!
Charles Pelham, Quito, May 2002.
RESTAURANTE JARDIN, AV. ORELLANA,
278 y 12 de OCTUBRE, QUITO,
ECUADOR. TEL. 2229 993. 2509 875. 2509 879