Lima's Astrid y Gastón is the restaurant that started the gourmet food revolution in Peru. And Quito's Astrid y Gaston let's you understand why it all started there: fresh local products, traditional recipes and a great pride and creativity that takes the traditional dishes to new places.
Astrid y Gastón has been one of my favorite restaurants in Quito since it opened, years ago. I almost never order main dishes, I only get appetizers or piqueos: ceviches, causas, pulpo, lomitos saltados, papas a la huancaina, etc. I love the leches de tigre y pantera (the juice from the ceviche) which are not in the menu. And often, when I don't see something that I really want on the menu, I ask for it... I like the statement in the menu saying that you can ask for any recipe to be modified, that they are not artists but craftsmen.
When I need to entertain groups or foreign visitors, I often take them there. I prefer to be helped by Gonzalo, my favorite waiter. I used to know the former chef and I always enjoyed chatting with him, but the quality has remained the same after he left.
I do have other favorites in Quito, but I go to Astrid y Gaston when I want to take someone to a restaurant that is a bit more formal and has great food.
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