I’m eating around the world without leaving London and this week I am having Ecuadorian food at Tostado. This cute eatery tucked away in a narrow alley in Soho serves up dishes prepare according to traditional Ecuadorian recipes. Since I will be heading off to Quito in a few weeks, I was especially curious to get a preview of Ecuadorian food.
Inside it is just as cosy; There’s a bar on the right hand side as you walk in, which doubles as the kitchen, so you can literally see your dinner being cooked up. On the other side, there are tables along the length of the restaurant, standing snugly side to side. There are a few stools at a window bar which I think are always perfect if you’re dining on your own. My friend and I had booked a table, which was a good idea in hindsight as people coming in off the street were turned away.
We didn’t go for starters, but while we were waiting for our mains, we both had a glass of a very fruity Argentinian Chenin Blanc and nibbled on the popcorn that was complimentary.
We both went for a churrasco de carne, which was a elongated, wood plate filled with all kinds of goodness. There was the steak of course, which was grilled to perfection and marinated in a fine chimichurri sauce. It was accompanied by white rice, that was topped with a fried egg. There was also a portion of chips and a side salad with avocado. It was quite a simple afair, but I really loved the quality of the steak and what is not to like about chips, rice and salad?
I had room for more and decided to go for dessert. I wanted to try something truly different and Ecuadorian, so I opted for the tree tomato in brandy sauce with vanilla ice cream. It was strange, but in a good way. The tomato tasted very sweet, with only a hint of ordinary tomato flavours. It went very well with the vanilla ice cream.
My friend had a hot chocolate fudge and sponge cake, which was incredibly rich, but oh so good.
We both agreed, that Tostado was a great little find. One definitely to keep in mind, when looking for a cosy place to eat in busy Soho.