Siam. J Calama E5-10. Quito

This place does sushi as well as Thai dishes, and most of it is reasonably priced. Though it has had some bad reviews, and it seems its special offers and attitude have been inconsistent, we found no fault on our Maundy Thursday visit. We tried the spicy tuna rolls, two huge constructions that resembled handrolls. The chunks of tuna were strangely shaped, neither flakes nor of a mashed texture, but were well dressed in an ají-style mayo in a nigiri wrap.
The Pad Thai was a good version of one of my favourite dishes, packed full of small prawns, but the vegetable curry was a little disappointing. Service is good and the ambience is fine on a busy night. A free soft drink comes with every main, and their Chicha is worth ordering.



Chandani Tandoori. Juan Leon Mera, Mariscal, Quito

We ate here twice in the same week, and I would definitely recommend a takeaway rather than sitting in its basic greasy-spoon space which only has any atmosphere when there are more than a dozen diners present. Service can be lacklustre, but prices are certainly good: $3.50 for starter portions of veggie dishes and $5-$8 for mains, the prawn curries being the priciest. Their channa masala was good, palak paneer – though lacking proper chunks of paneer – fiery and tasty, and the tarka daal surprisingly complex and hearty. The butter chicken was also excellent, and a lot of effort had gone into the pilau rice. The naan was disappointing as it resembled nothing fluffy and light, but was made from a wholemeal flour and so could have been more accurately described as a paratha. The owners are Pakistani, so it is surprising that there are no lamb or gosht dishes offered, but they do mainstream Indian cuisine very competently.