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“Tasting menu: excellent and great value”
Review of Tiesto's

Tiesto's
Ranked #3 of 511 Restaurants in Cuenca
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Ecuadorean
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Ann Arbor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Tasting menu: excellent and great value”
Reviewed April 20, 2014

(provided you can digest it all)
We had a taste of tiesto's and enjoyed it very much, although it was a bit too heavy. We chose the tasting menu as we could not decide otherwise what to choose, since everything sounded interesting. We also hoped that the servings would be minuscule (as they usually are in the US), but instead the things just kept coming to our table: first it was the around dozen small bowls of delicate sauces; then the bowls started getting bigger and coming with orzo, rice, potatoes, and small tubers; then an even bigger arrived with amazing potatoes and parmeggiano, etc, etc, and these were just the sides. The "real" dishes contained seven big langostinos in butter sauce (delicious but heavy), followed by curried chicken breasts, lomo fino, shrimp soup to die for.....all that with half a bottle of white and half a bottle of house red. Oh, yes, there was also a dessert, which we had to share, thankfully. It is kind of clear why we hardly got home.
The atmosphere is good, the place looks nice, and there were many, really many locals waiting for the table. It did help that we were only a couple, as most who were left waiting were large families. The meal lasts a long time, because everything is made and brought fresh to the table.
To explain why the 4 stars, then: bread was at least a day old, which is a minor detail but something the resto of this renome cannot allow itself.
Finally, we did not really love the dessert. While the description of the tasting menu stated we could choose, the dessert was brought to our table without the waiter asking us which one we wanted. And although the presentation is spectacular - we actually saw the lady painting the plates with large jammy flowers - the chocolate cake was basically the plain American chocolate cake that lacks delicacy topped with somewhat better chocolate mouse. The maracuja ice cream that accompanied it was very good, though.

  • Visited April 2014
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Cuenca, Ecuador
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great the first time but lacks variety to keep me coming back for the price.”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

The first experience at Tiesto's is exciting with the variety sauces and condiments for appetizers and wow all those great side dishes with your meal. Nice and exciting the first time. The main coarses served on large sizzling platters are exciting too. Couldn't wait to go back. Upon repeated visits I became less and less impressed with "presentation" and started to analyze the food and flavors for the price. It was truly disappointing and lackluster in flavor variety. When the langostinos and the filet are hard to distinguish, all a bit steamed, it's time to say I had a great expierience the first time but why did I come back the forth to spend $70 - $100 for two people without drinks.

  • Visited March 2014
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Michigan
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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Wow - great meal and experience”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

Dinner was me and my wife and our (picky) 15 year old son. You don't have to order in quantiites of four. we did a plain steak for our son and did the surf (huge shrimp) and turf (in a bacon mushroom sauce). Food was excellent but what really stood out for me was the salsas and the service / interaction. I really liked one in particular and couldn't figure out what it was composed of. Chef Jaun Carlos (who had already helped us translate and put our meal together) deconstructed it for me - it was primarily "tree tomato" with hot peppers. He even brought a tree tomato out , carved it up and served us slices. I had never heard of it, let alone had it - stellar. By the way, that salsa is incredible on the shrimp. He also grabbed some bread and constructed a combo of onions, hot peppers and salsas that was really good.

We didn't order dessert but Juan Carlos brought out a dessert of chocolate cake, topped with chocolate mousse and chocolate sauce and accompanied with passion fruit ice cream and passion fruit sauce - amazing.

Juan Carlos is in clear control of both the front and back of the house and spends a lot of time interacting with his guests. We were the only North Americanos in the house - the rest appeared to be locals which is always a good sign.

We spent about $70-75 for three including tax and tip but excluding drinks (we splurged on a wine which you don't need to do). Perhaps not the cheapest meal in Cuenca, but well worth it. We left happy, happy, happy.

Highly recommmended,

  • Visited April 2014
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San Salvador, El Salvador
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“Great Food - Awesome ambiance”
Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

Chef / Owner makes it a great place!!!

Good wine selection and sauces are really nice - specially the pairing with different dishes!

Giant Shrimp and Tiesto Beef (ala tagliatta) - highly recommended!

Bring your appetite - portions are HUGE!

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Thank Juan L
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Texas
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Tasting menu is worth the price”
Reviewed April 13, 2014

The fixed tasting menu was outstanding. This restaurant is special. It has a great atmosphere, excellent service, and wonderful, well-prepared food. Highly recommended.

  • Visited March 2014
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