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“Hostal Doña Esther restaurant - Arbol de Montalvo”

Arbol de Montalvo Restaurant
Ranked #13 of 70 Restaurants in Otavalo
Price range: $8 - $12
Cuisines: Latin, Mediterranean, Ecuadorean, Fusion
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast
Description: A piece of history... When we, as new Dutch owners of Hostal Doña Esther, bought the place about 12 years ago, we didn't really have a restaurant in mind. We planned a small B&B, but the restaurant and kitchen were there, so we thought to give it a try. The only thing we knew then was that we liked good food - a lot! and the preparation of it. After finding a name - Arbol de Montalvo - we started to reorganize the restaurant, we made an almost completely new menu and started our adventure. Visiting the provincial shops and markets, we soon found the right places for meat, fish, vegetables, fruit and other ingredients, like herbs and spices. Besides that, after a while, we found the best people to prepare the recipes we thought of - dishes with a mixture of known local flavors (like avocado, corn, quinoa, chocolate) and new international flavors (moreover the herbs and spices we use and the imaginative combinations we sometimes make). With all this input for a good restaurant we soon found the right balance between savory and healthy food and we hope that the choice you make from our menu will stick as a lasting experience and - if possible - will bring you back to our restaurant in the future. Your food will be: prepared by: Lilian, Susana, Jenny & Freddy (pizzas) served by: Adriana & Lucy invented by: Arthur & Wendy
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Excellent restaurant. We ate here twice, once with 5 and once with 6 people. Cocktails unfortunately very bad (as 6 x bad one night, we didn't try again) and beer and soft drinks ridiculously overpriced.

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Reviewed October 30, 2012

I have been here a few times and it has always been quiet but that is probably because it was during the week. Good range of meals and a huge selection of pizzas that are cooked in their pizza oven. The steak is great and they cook it to perfection (not over cooked like often happens!!) Good service and resonably priced.

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Thank lf106
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

We spent 10 days in Otavalo and discovered this restaurant 5 days into our visit, after which time we only ate dinner here. Their pizzas, pastas and meat dishes are very tasty and good size portions. The prices are slightly higher than other similar restaurants but the quality and portion size make it worth it. Staff are very friendly and bring a warm cinnamon drink on arrival which is a nice touch.
The restaurant is in the back of the hotel and you have to ring a bell to get in. You could easily walk past it if you weren't specifically looking for it.

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1  Thank RoisinH_11
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Reviewed June 10, 2012 via mobile

This place has really tasty and fresh food. Went for lunch and ended up going back for dinner. The quinoa salad was great and for dinner my boyfriend ordered the steak and I had the pork and the sauces they came with we're to die for. Yum.

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Thank Mirands
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

I enjoyed the the Quinoa salad with pesto very much. Very nice decoration and service. However you must know that the prices are quite high if you are travelling on a budget.

Thank Matse1205
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