We stopped by the restaurant at Casa Gangotena in Quito around 7:00 PM. We were hoping to get in for dinner without a reservation, but no luck. All they were able to offer us was a small table in the bar. Don’t get me wrong, the bar is an excellent place to be, but the table was very small and in a high traffic area so we regretfully declined. They were able to accept a reservation for brunch on January 1, however.
As I mentioned, the bar is appealing so we arrived an hour early to look around and enjoy a drink. The wood paneling, masses of it, the dark green, plaid wall paper and leather chairs immediately make one feel at home. The bartenders were busy, but never created a rushed feeling and managed to take our order efficiently.
The bartender’s dedication to their craft was evident as they prepared our drinks. We both ordered drinks from the new house signature cocktail list, launched only last September. M. requested something called a Chilcaña. It was a large drink with pisco and fresh fruit and looked delicious. Mine was a variation on a Negroni, a Negroni infusado, with Compari, sweet vermouth and herbal infusions. Both drinks were quite good and very relaxing and put us in an excellent mood for brunch.
The brunch was great, too, but I have described an earlier brunch here already and so will let the photo captions tell the rest of the story. I will only say we very much enjoyed the several hours we spent at Casa Gangotena and look forward to not only trying their full dinner service, but also spending a night or two in the hotel.
Our second brunch was just as enjoyable as our first and whetted my appetite for trying a full dinner there as well as staying in the hotel. What else would you expect from a hotel rated by some as sixth best in the world?
A description of the thinking behind Casa Gangotena’s signature cocktail collection, featuring Ecuadoran ingredients, may be found by clicking here.
Further information about the bar may be found by clicking here.