Hot stews in terra cotta pots are at then entrance. A table that runs the length of one room holds sides and desserts. Buffet here doesn’t mean serve yourself. Decide on a main dish and two sides and the staff will put together the plate. There is a choice of tortillas or pan Frances with the meal.
This site has some good close-ups of the contents in each pot
Select a table from one of the many rooms and a server will take your drink and dessert order. Pay at the end of the meal. This report says “The rooftop at La Cuevita is the best spot to eat there -- great views of the ruins across the way”
They are really good about answering what each pot holds I didn’t notice the menu board out front and asked what each dish held. There are also dishes available that are not on the buffet table.
A few of the stews and dishes include the classics such as pepian, hilachas, suban-ik, tiras de panza, chiles rellenos, adovado, revolcado. There’s carne asada, pierna horneada, pollo horneado, longanizas, chorizo,
Some sides include: Ensalada Rusa, piloyada, Guatemalan guacamole, frijoles volteados curtido de remolacha
Desserts include: Plantanos en Gloria, plantanos en mole, molletes en miel, pan de banano
There’s a refrigerated case with pasteles (cakes) de fresa, crema and tres leches plus a few other items.
Other items posted on menu signs throughout the restaurant: panes con chile, pierna y frijole, tortillas con carne, enchaladas, Guatemalan tostadas, Guatemalan tacos, Guatemalan pupusas de chicharron, frijoles, queso y mixtas, ceviches y cocteles.
I put the qualifier “Guatemalan” in front of some of these items because they are totally different than the more familiar Mexican items. A Guatemalan taco, for example, is like a rolled Mexican flauta. A Guatemalan pupusa is much larger than the better known Salvadorian version.
They open at 8 am and serve breakfast, but I haven’t looked into that yet.
The name loosely translates as The little cave/den of the Urquizu family, It is located across the street from the Capuchin Nunnery
Here's what I had rated from A+ to F -
B …... Cordero (lamb stew)
B - … Quisquil (squash
)C - … Picado de rabano (chopped radishes)
A - … Complimentary escabeche (pickled vegetables)
B - … Complimentary tortillas
C …... Jaimaica resfresco
D - … strawberry granizada (slushie)
Service: B - … Very good
Ambiance: B - … Very good
I rarely give an “A” rating, so the above are better than it might seem. I liked the food and the restaurant and recommend it.
Restaurant record with more info such as address, phone, hours and menu
Flickr photostream with more pictures