I'm bumping up a review from last November 2004 on La Cazuela, B'more's one and only Ecuadorian restaurant on Eastern Ave. I had not been (but had been meaning to go; just never worked out) until this past weekend.
And I must say, the review was right on. There was only one other table there, which was a shame (but it was sort of late). They start you with fried plaintains and mayonaise, which tastes better than it sounds. We also had the fried yuca and chimichurri. The yuca were lightly fried and not very heavy at all, and the chimichurri was fresh and delicious. We ordered two entrees. One was the churrasco: long, flat cuts of marinated skirt steak on a platter with avocado, a mound of white rice, two fried eggs, a splash of chopped tomatoes, and steak-cut french fries. It was huge, and it was well executed. The second was the chaulafan, which is a mixture of rice, peas, carrots, shrimp, beef, chicken and eggs. This was perfectly done; everything blended well with each other and no part of the dish was overcooked. A ton of food, a pretty inexpensive check (something like $60.00 with tax, tip, and three beers included).
I don't know Ecuadorian food very well, but all I can say is, boy was the food great.
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