Ecuador has a lot of delicious cultural dishes. Living in the Andes mountains means we are used to the food eaten in the sierra. There is not that much seafood on the menu up here.
Recently we were invited to try some coastal food at a restaurant in Cuenca called El Sabor De Las Costeñitas (roughly translated – “The flavor of the dear coastal women.”)
We love seafood and there is a lot of it eaten on the coast so we were excited to sample some of it.
Ecuador’s Traditional Coastal Food – in Cuenca
We made this video to share what it was like at El Sabor De Las Costeñitas in Cuenca.
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We all had a different dish. Drew had some breaded fish, I had some fish cooked in a coconut sauce and Bryan had encebollado mixto (a soup with fish and shrimp). The encebollado mixto came with a side of rice, lime wedges and crispy salted corn kernels.
The meals were all delicious (we like to sample each others food :)) and the portions were a good size, nothing on the menu was over $7.00.
The encocado is their specialty, it’s a fish or shrimp dish done in a coconut sauce. I had the fish, but I think the shrimp would be even better. They also serve a selection of food from the sierra.
The restaurant is not far from the center on Honorato Vasquez 5-66 between Mariano Cueva and Hermano Miguel. It’s a cozy little place with bright coastal artwork and free wifi. There are three levels, main, lower and upper. The upper level has a bit of a low ceiling, so if you are tall and you sit up there, you are going to feel even taller.
The owners are from Esmeraldas on the northern coast. El Sabor De Las Costenitas has been open for just over a year. There were a lot of people coming and going while we were there, eating in and taking out.
Have you eaten at El Sabor De Las Costenitas? What did you think? Please share by commenting on this post.