Eat local — El Caracol Azul restaurant, Guayaquil, Ecuador

The interior of El Caracol Azul restaurant, one of the country's top seafood restaurants, now 40 years old, Guayaquil, Ecuador

The interior of El Caracol Azul restaurant, one of the country’s top seafood restaurants, now 40 years old, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Considered one of the country’s top seafood restaurants, El Caracol Azul in downtown Guayaquil, Ecuador, has been serving local residents and visitors for the past 40 years.  Local art lines the interior of this renowned institution for culinary excellence, which focuses on haute French cuisine, not forgetting seafood is king here.  With some friends, we had a wonderful luncheon here after many hours of walking the Malecon 2000 and visiting many local markets and shops.  The grilled octopus, while very simple, was outstanding — some of the best in the world!  And their local version of Paella (which originated in Valencia, Spain) was excellent and very tasty with the local ingredients.

Camarones (prawns) and avacado salad starter at El Caracol Azul restaurant, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Camarones (prawns) and avocado salad starter at El Caracol Azul restaurant, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Crab and avacado salad starter at El Caracol Azul restaurant, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Crab and avacado salad starter at El Caracol Azul restaurant, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Grilled local octopus entree at El Caracol Azul restaurant, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Grilled local octopus entree at El Caracol Azul restaurant, Guayaquil, Ecuador

The local recipe for paella, an entree at El Caracol Azul restaurant, Guayaquil, Ecuador

The local recipe for paella, an entree at El Caracol Azul restaurant, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Grilled camarones (prawns) entree at El Caracol Azul restaurant, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Grilled camarones (prawns) entree at El Caracol Azul restaurant, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Homemade flan desert at El Caracol Azul restaurant, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Homemade flan desert at El Caracol Azul restaurant, Guayaquil, Ecuador

7 thoughts on “Eat local — El Caracol Azul restaurant, Guayaquil, Ecuador

  1. An order of the prawn/ avocado starter plus the flan, please. It all looks wonderful!! So glad the restaurant has “framed” artwork. A rarity here at home these days. I’m very impressed with how modern the city looks. The cathedral is spectacular. Enjoy!

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    • Yes, Guayaquil was a surprise. Not particularly well-to-do, but the Malecon 2000 renovation on the river front is a great piece of civic engineering/construction and is immensely public with the locals, as evidenced by how crowded it was on the weekend we were there and the number of young children with parents walking along and stopped at various attractions, including a face painting stand with tons of balloons for the kids.
      Rich

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    • All was quite good and I’m hungry just looking over the post again! The good news is that we’ve been finding some great local dining venues all across South America! The biggest surprises were Cuzco and Machu Picchu (we knew the Andes scenery would be spectacular, but who knew we’d eat really well at 2 miles elebvation?). Stay tuned, those posts are in the works…
      Rich

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