I had my first experience with Ecuadoran cuisine this afternoon. I walked in to the place essentially clueless but, hey, you gotta stat somewhere. I went to a little neighborhood place called Brisas Latinas on Lefferts Blvd., just north of Don Pepe's.
I probably ordered too much food in an effort to sample more than one thing but walked out of there quite satisfied. I started with a humita- an ecuadoran tamale- loose, rich and sweet, but not too sweet. It was good but not necessary because the soup I ordered turned out to be a major bowl of soup, Sopa de Bola. A very large bowl contained carrots, cabbage, lima beans, green beans, an entire potato, corn on the cob, two nice sized pieces of beef on the bone, and a baseball sized fried ball of plaintain and beef (the "bola", see, I'm catching on already) all surrounded by a rich opaque (milky?) broth.
Anyway, I will be back because I work in the area but was wondering the sorts of things I should be looking to try the next time around.