DINING WITH HISTORY
Located in a magical corner of the old Loma Grande neighborhood in the midst of Quito´s colonial downtown, this restaurant seems to have sprung from a fairy tale. Next to the ancient chapel of Our Lord of Miracles, it is actually a time capsule that whisks us in an instant back to the 17th century.
This restaurant is a hidden gem. In a building more than four centuries old, Los Milagros offers a mix of traditional cuisine with folk dancing. This is authentic colonial Quito and in Los Milagros its traditions remain alive and well.
Fausto Caballero, the restaurant manager, is the perfect host. In an entertaining conversation, he unveils the history behind the menu, its origins, the era to which each dish belongs and the organic produce used in preparation. Local visitors can recall fleeting memories of cooking details once heard from elderly relatives.
“Our proposition,” Caballero explains, “is to blend dining and dancing in a unique setting, such that this becomes an experience delightful to all the senses.” In the menu, of course, some Bonitísimas (very pretty ones) prepared with traditional flour made from purple corn. Also, the Chicken a las AntiguasRregalas, a stew in seafood sauce; or the Lomo del Cura, meat with a sauce made of consecration wine. These plates, with recipes that are over 200 hundred years old, were recovered and have reborn in Los Milagros.
Located next to the chapel of Our Lord of Miracles, the restaurant leads to a charming garden and a spectacular view of Quito. It´s indeed a magical place to dine and, furthermore, to share a cup of the unparalleled Río Intag coffee, a bar of the best chocolate in the world, among other delicacies.
It´s open on Fridays from 19H00 to enjoy dinner along a patrimonial dance demonstration. There is a special treat on Sundays when, following the 9 am mass at the chapel of Our Lord of Miracles, pilgrims can feast with a delicious brunch, which naturally also complies with the concept of historical dishes. The rest of the week clients are welcome exlcusively under reservation. The restaurant is also available for social and corporate events.
To arrive at the chapel of Our Lord of Miracles in Loma Grande, visitors must pass under the Arch of Santo Domingo and advance to the well-known Mama Cuchara. Then take Chávez Street until you reach an alley where a staircase will lead you to both the chapel and the restaurant. You will be at the doorway to a unique dining and cultural experience.