Unless you have reason to wander into the Interior del Centro Cultural Metropolitano, you will not know this restaurant exists. As you walk into the courtyard, it is there on the right side. We have eaten here before in the past, so knew of its existence.
We stopped in for lunch one day and as we passed other diners, we notices a lovely soup that they were all eating. I asked the waiter what it was and learned it was Fanesca. Being clueless as to what this was, we decided to go ahead with the order.
This stew/soup is rich with a multitude of beans, corn, potatoes, with the top decorated with sliced hard boiled egg, mini empanadas, slices of fried plantain, and bits of fish. Though I hate most fish, I tried this. To my surprise, this was one of the best dishes I have had and also the most filling.
Just when we thought we were going to bust, the waiter returned with mashed potatoes on a bed of lettuce along with more mini empanadas. This was tempting to the point that we pushed ourselves to eat half of it.
Thinking we were finished, we had yet another surprise. The last course included two plump figs with two slices of white cheese, all covered in a thick honey sauce.
It was not until much later that we found out this is called Fanesca; a traditional Ecuadorean dish only served during the Easter holiday. This was a major treat!
We do want to try it again at another restaurant as we learned there are many variations on the spices.
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