On birthdays, and other special occasions, we generally find ourselves discussing where to go for a special meal. One place we often end up is Noe Sushi Bar. We have gone there a number times during the years we have been in Cuenca. We have even been known to get an order to go and bring it home on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Living only a few blocks away has its advantages. (The menu lists a phone number you can call for delivery, but it connects us to another number when we call from our cell phone. Not sure if this is due to it being a wrong number or the fact that we are using the Claro network, but we have tried several times to no avail.)
It is clear we like Noe and just as clear that many others feel the same way since there are currently eleven Noe restaurants in Ecuador.
All the comments below are about the Cuenca location (although a few of the sushi pictures are from the Noe in the San Marino shopping center in Guayaquil).
The interior design is among the best I have seen in an Ecuadoran restaurant. The clean, contemporary lines show the upscale nature of the establishment and balances contemporary with welcoming. The restaurant feels comfortable from the moment you walks in.
On entering, one is usually greeted by a well dressed, attractive young woman who guides you to your table. Always a pleasant way to start a meal. The wait staff promptly brings a menu (which is more like a small magazine than a menu) and takes your drink order without seeming to rush things. Clearly they have received more than a modicum of training.
A sushi purist might label the food as Ecuadoran sushi since it uses more sauces, cooked items and even occasionally melted cheese, than is found in classically prepared sushi. Perhaps this is true, but I generally like the sauces they use and, if you are more of a traditionalist, the sauces are usually presented on the side so you can easily avoid them.
The sushi and sashimi we have had at Noe have been consistently fresh and good. The fact that we continue to consider Noe for celebrating our special events is proof of the quality we have received.
They also offer a selection of steak and chicken dishes.
The only drawback about Noe for us is the price, which is on the high end for restaurants in Cuenca. This limits our visits to special occasions (and the rare self indulgence). Although to be fair, you get what you pay for.