El Charrua was introduced to us a few years ago through church friends that were celebrating a group event, so that visit was with a large group. My Sweet Polly Purebred and I were introduced to the spacious dining room, the warm hospitality of the staff, and the fresh, delicious menu offerings of a variety of steak (and sides) then. One order big enough for two people (four for lesser appetites)? Yep, this is the place! One order for two people is the norm here at El Charrua, btw. All the selections are fresh and juicy steak. . . nothing to disappoint you with.
For our second visit, which we came by ourselves, we came a bit early by taxi. The taxi driver rang the bell and the staff responded, allowing us to enter through the metal door while the driveway gate was kept closed (it opens at 7:00 PM). We walked up the wide straight gently inclined driveway up to the walkway - which had one step up - to get to the front entrance. Passed the walking with a medical supply store walker test just fine! Once inside, we were seated and given the two page menu.
Better than average but not overwhelming selection of steak, pork and chicken dishes, with various sides offered. Don't pass up the chance to get two chorizos for $2.99 - they're plump, hot off the grill, and better than Cracker Barrel's in the States We ordered the Lomo Fino, which was more than enough for our appetite for the evening.
I ate a quarter of my 8 ounce steak, and she ate a similar amount of her steak, leaving plenty for "para llevar" or take out to eat at home. The individual salads were nicely prepared, and there's vinegar and dressing on the table with the salt and pepper shakers. Sliced white bread was served with butter (extra given by request) and sauces, while the sliced potatoes came with a cream sauce. . . delicious. .
Family run, excellent service by the waiters, and the bill for two was $35 including two teas and the IVA tax. Our cajera (cashier) called a taxi for us, and they came quickly. El Charrua does a great job for the customer completely and seemingly without effort. No wonder it's a favorite of the Cuenca business and professional community. If you're going for a nice steak dinner, El Charrua's the place.
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