This is the name we use to describe our distinct style of cuisine—a reimagination of traditional Ecuadorian fare prepared with fresh, regionally-sourced ingredients. Mestiza is to Ecuador what Creole is to the Caribbean. Therefore, cocina mestiza is the combination of indigenous-and European-influenced cooking traditions, envisioned anew through modern techniques while celebrating fresh, native, and locally sourced ingredients.
At this time of year in the Andes, a wild berry called mortiño (Vaccinium floribundum or Andean blueberry) comes into fruit in the highland páramos. People make the most of this succulent, dark berry to make a very special drink, only prepared at this time: colada morada. It’s a tasty, slightly spicy, thick, hot beverage, cooked with mortiño, strawberries, black corn flour, small pieces of pineapple and babaco (Andean papaya), herbs and spices such as ishpingo (Ocotea quixos).
High atop the southwest corner of San Francisco Plaza, in Quito’s famed historic quarter, the city’s most dynamic space continues to attract and impress locals and visitors alike with stunning views, comfortable seating, and an atmosphere like no other. The rooftop terrace is one of the things that really sets Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel apart from other hotels in the Old Town.
Ecuador is a country with many rich and wonderful culinary traditions. Every year, around the Catholic observance of Holy Week, the capital city of Quito comes alive with the most consistently delicious interpretations of fanesca, a creamy and robust soup that highlights an array of native ingredients
Amidst the historic center’s narrow, cobblestone streets and steep ascents you’ll find a number of bars and restaurants offering exquisite meals, cocktails and entertainment. Experience nightlife in Quito Old Town at some of the following spots:
The cocktail: that classic concoction that unites and relaxes us, helps us celebrate momentous occasions and enjoy the company of friends, family, and colleagues, alike. At Casa Gangotena, our team of bartenders and beverage specialists have created an exciting series of cocktails that pay tribute to Ecuador’s unique towns and provinces by celebrating native regional ingredients.