Dined solo at Cafe Mariane on a Wednesday night. Not crowded, maybe five people. Beautiful garden setting outside, with indoor seating as well. Probably the nicest spot for a romantic dinner I've seen in town in the few weeks I've been here.
Had the Moroccan chicken with a side of "gratinated" potatoes, which were outstanding. While the Moroccan chicken was equally good, the particular blend of spices wasn't to my (personal) liking, but don't take that as a reflection on how "good" it was. It was very good.
Service was good, friendly, and everything served blazingly hot. Took a while to come out, but to me that's a good sign. I didn't come here for fast food. Portion size was too big, but I was sitting outside and a friendly German shepherd showed up that was more than happy to share with me (house dog?)
Only one blemish on the evening. When I asked for la cuenta, I was taken aback by the charge for a Fanta. It was easy to spot, I was by myself and there were only two items on the bill. I brought this up, they gave me the "we made a mistake" routine and dropped the charge by $0.50.
Now you may be wondering why I'm mentioning and going on about a $0.50 overcharge. I've been in Ecuador for 10 months now and have zero tolerance for the "rich gringo" (I'm not one) nickel and diming that you invariably come across. So...one of two things happened here. They intentionally overcharged me (I'm not saying they did,) or they "forgot" the price of Fanta's and Pepsi's that they sell all day every day. Both possibilities are unacceptable, and because of that, I will not go back (too bad, because I would have liked to explore the rest of the menu.) Also unfortunate for them that I have to bring this up in an otherwise great review, but...isn't that what reviews are for?
Admittedly, that was a long riff over fifty cents. Again, just to reiterate my point...in some respects I would be less bent out of shape losing $20,000 in a real estate deal (buyer beware, do your due diligence.) You want to sell me a bottle of soda? Know your prices. I'm not mad. Even left a tip. But not going back.