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“Used to be a favorite and it went down hill this year”
Review of Zazu

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Ranked #7 of 1,467 Restaurants in Quito
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed August 10, 2013

In the past when we've traveled to Quito, we have enjoyed taking friends with us to Zazu. In the past, food was excellent and amazingly cooked with fabulous flavors. This year was a terrible disappointment! The ahi tuna tartar was delicious. The tenderloin was lack luster and was not served with potato coquettes as indicated on the menu. Instead, they served it with risotto which is a terrible combination as both are terribly rich. Last year the tenderloin was perfectly seasoned and cooked to a perfect medium rare. This year the tenderloin was medium, grisly, and lacked seasoning. At the beginning of the meal, we let them know we needed to be out in 2 hrs to catch a flight. Service was extremely slow to the point we had to rush out in order to get our late night flight. Did they change chefs? What happened!?

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

After a week in the galapagos having a mixture of cruise fare and hearty style simple meals, it was a welcoming site to be ushered into the comfy dining of Zazu.

A short cab ride from our hotel (3USD) we came with high expectations.

The traditional Peruvian pisco sour was on offer but no chicha was disappointing.
The bread was fresh, warm and a great start to the meal.

Food was a cut above average but not in the realm of Michelin stars. The price compared to equivalent dining in nth America I thought was quite reasonable (50USD per person including cocktail and glass of wine, shared starter and dessert).

The cerviche tuna with foie gras was certainly different. Whilst not a traditional cerviche, they used pineapple for some acidity. The soy sauce was a bit heavy and foie slightly burnt. The swordfish was a disappointment being overcooked and lacking in flavor. The suckling pig was better with real crackling but needed some sauce as the meat was a bit dry. The trio of creme brûlée was very good but recommend sharing unless u want diabetes. I shudder to think how much sugar was in the three generous serves.

Beware, 10% service and 12% tax will be added to your bill. This is standard for most restaurants that cater for tourists in Ecuador. The restaurant has taxis (unmarked cars) which can take you back to hotel - though we were quite reluctant at first - but the waiters said they were safe.

Thank travellingurolfellow
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Excellent restaurant, great and interesting food. Great value for money. Like a 2** Michelin restaurant in Europe, but then much and much cheaper. Take the Degustacion menu, 40$ (+taxes). Wines are always expensive in Ecuador, due to taxes, but here you can find great Argentinian wines for around 30-40$.

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1  Thank jeroenlc
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

What can I say. Being from the Pacific Northwest, salmon is very 'ordinary' for me. But the Salmon here was spectacular. Ecuadorian Cacao is world renowned so the chocolate cake was a no brainer and didn't disappoint. But to cap it all off, THE COFFEE WAS SPECTACULAR- which was thoroughly unexpected. It's unusual to find good coffee in Ecuador. The espresso shot was well pulled with a perfect dark brown crema- no blonde spots and no bubbles whatsoever. When I asked about it, they were able to give me information on the origin. It would not have been out of place in Seattle. So good I went for an americano as well. My dining companion received a capuccinno with a tulip.

All in all a memorable dining experience with very professional service that left me feeling as if I had 'been attended well' without having been pushed, interrupted, or otherwise inconvenienced. .

No problem whatsoever in recommending Zazu

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Thank BDanS
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

Our friend recently treated us to a lovely dinner at Zazu on the last night of our trip to Quito. Having been there before, he ordered an wide array of appetizers, salads and ceviche for our hungry crowd. We were all quite satiated and thoroughly impressed with the freshness and creative approach to preparing each dish. The service was equally impeccable. We look forward to returning to Zazu on our next trip!

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Thank MariaMLBoston
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