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“Tourist trap.”
Review of Raymipampa

Raymipampa
Ranked #28 of 656 Restaurants in Cuenca
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Ecuadorean
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed November 15, 2013

While working at a language school in Cuenca, I let my students pick the restaurant on an outing. Not a good idea, as the Ecuadorian concept of seasoning is pepper and the national snack is "salchipapas" (soggy french fries topped with a hot dog and smothered in ketchup and mayonnaise). The students loved this place, which being on a main tourist site (Parque Calderon) and in all the guide books, is nothing but a tourist trap. The food is the same bland, starchy fare you could find on any fixed price menu around town for a quarter of the price. The only difference is that you get more of it here. The final insult was that my students didn't offer to pick up my tab, which at $8.00 was steep for this kind of food. You are paying for a the location and nothing else. Service is efficient and no frills. Strictly for suckers.

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2  Thank eldelErbil2010
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

This restaurant across the Parque Calderon was a pleasant surprise. Nice decor, fast efficient service, and my rice with shrimp was both good and plentiful. A very busy place, so if you are looking for quiet and secluded this is not for you.

Thank VancouverGreetje
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Cuenca, in general, is an awesome city! One of the drawbacks is there are very few places to eat outside - i.e. with a view. While Raymipampa is not outside, nor does it have a view of the city, it does sit right on the main plaza (Calderon) and allows for great people watching. The basic breakfast for $4 is quite substantial. You get great local (Loja) coffee (or chocolate), warm croissants with butter and jam, eggs your way with cheese and a shake-sized glass of fresh juice (again, your choice). And you can discreetly watch (and photograph) some of the amazing costumes and cultures as they parade past your window. For American early risers, sorry. Take a walk first and then go to breakfast. They don't open until 8:30 (nor do the majority of other places) Bon appetite. (Buen provecho)

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Thank jen k
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

This is an old, Ecuadorian, family run restaurant. Have been eating here, mostly dinners, at least once per a week, for the past 2 years. My favorite dishes are their grilled trout and smoked pork with pineapple souse. On Fridays they received fresh trout from the Cajas, so this is when I come. On other days, they will tell you when the trout did arrive. They grill it to perfection, just like Italians do :) Nice spices too. The smoked pork dish is also quite fabulous, but, clearly, not as healthyui:)

Once in a while I stop there for almuerzo - a set menu lunch for $3.50. Do not do it more often, because between 1-2 the place is filled to the capacity by both Ecuadorians and Gringos. Yesterday, their almuerzo included orange juice, soup (they are famous for their soups, and rightfully so) spicy ground beef with rice and salad, custard for desert, and 2 pieces of home made bread with salsa. The food was DELICIOUS, no less, the service very prompt, and the price the whole of $3.50.

The owner's family was having same lunch, at the same time. And we discussed the bad reviews they have recently got. They were upset, for they always are very attentive
to their customers. I simply cannot understand bad reviews of such good place, with consistently excellent food and friendly and attentive service.

Oh, yes, if you sit by the window, you will enjoy the beautiful park view. Or you can sit in front of the huge TV and watch a football game :)

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Thank movingtoEcuador
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Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

Pros:
Great hours! While everything else is closed, this place stays opened.
Great plaza location
Cute lamps and cozy decor, but feels like you are in a basement.

Cons:
Food less than average.
High price for taste.
Service is steady, but waiters are unethusiastic.

Great option when nothing else is opened!

Thank Espressopillows
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