Last week I started working at awesome pop up restaurant Laboratorio. It is called a pop up restaurant because every few months the menu and the chefs change. Laboratorio recently opened its doors with its latest concept: La Hueca.
A hueca is an informal Ecuadorian restaurant serving traditional food, and the idea behind Laboratorio´s Hueca is to give well-known typical dishes a new lease of life; delicious food made from Ecuadorian ingredients with a contemporary, gormet touch.
Rather than containing starters and mains, the menu is crafted around the idea of sharing. The dishes are small and groups are recommended to select several in order to try a variety of flavours. Think of it like tapas!
The menu contains ceviches, palitos (mini brochettas), sandwiches, laminados (like carpaccio but with fish) ice creams and more! Fresh fruit smoothies, bloody maries (with Ecuadorian spirit caña manabita, not vodka), craft beers and gin and tonics are also available. Check out the full menu here. I work in the bar and as waitress and can guarantee that everything on the menu has been carefully thought out and is absolutely delicious!
The ingredients are sustainably sourced and where possible, are bought from small local suppliers.
The Laboratorio building was formly a wire fabrication works, which provides a unique, industrial interior design:
many original features remain and materials from the factory were used in the creation of the restaurant.
The attention to detail even extends to the crockery and glassware – sauces are served in test tubes, and drinks in beakers:
My favourite features of the restaurant are the gorgeous patio:
the perfect spot for Saturday brunch, and the open kitchen:
which not only permits customers to see how spotless it is, it also allows them to watch the talented chefs create the works of art that are served at La Hueca!
Additionally, during quieter moments, the chefs like to explain dishes and ingredients to diners. Be sure to sit near to the kitchen to watch the magic happen!
Find out more: www.laboratorio-uio.com
Facebook: Laboratorio Diseño / Gastronomia
Address: Lizardo Garcia between 12 de Octubre and Tamayo, Quito
Would you give La Hueca a try? Let me know in the comments below!