El Rincon Quiteno

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El Rincon Quiteno
Rob Greig

'Authentic' is the unoriginal, but correct description for this warm and buzzing little Ecuadorian-Bolivian restaurant.


Venue name: El Rincon Quiteno
N7 8HG
Cross street: 235 Holloway Rd
Transport: Tube: Holloway Road tube
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Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:3
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:1
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Came here for lunch to take advantage of their £7.50 deal which includes a soup and then a main course from a selection of European dishes. The soup was great all round, with the chicken soup being a meal in itself, the vegetable soup packing in great flavour and the red bean soup being a nice unusual offering to also lap up.

Main courses were from a selection of special fried rice, pasta, lasagna, chicken casserole etc. Not quite your "authentic" Southern American dishes, but still a good choice nonetheless. The portions were pretty large, especially given we had soup to start, and the service was impeccable with the waiter taking time to tell us all about what was on offer and his personal suggestions.

Overall the food for me was more like a 3/5 - while it's good, it's distinctly "home cooking" and I was a little disappointed they don't offer traditional dishes at lunch (and only for dinner). They do offer a selection of snacks like emapanads etc at their counter which looked like good bets though. 

What brings this place up to 4 stars for me is extremely friendly and warm service, and the generous portions. I hear that their dinner menu is similarly generous, but given the prices on their menu and that my girlfriend is vegetarian, I doubt i'll be back any time soon to check it out!

London'd best kept secret. Head in at lunchimes to find the most amazong choice of continental dishes at proces only found outside of London!

Decided to get a bacon roll here before work, good value for a week with the chap very civil, go in today different chap, double the price, thanks for that, adios

Pique macho was something of a disaster. Although the bits of beef tasted v good, I did think they were overcooked and chewy. That however was not the reason behind my disappointment. The beef must have been fried in a pan in lots of oil and seasoning, which then just went onto the plate on the bed of chips the dish comes served with. The result was that there was a bed of soggy, oil drenched chips at the bottom of the plate which looked like a lake at the end. The generous serving of mayo on top didnt help, and my stomach didnt like it. My partner's silpancho was much better, though a bit bland sometimes, but it was a good combo of flavours: rice, fried banana, breaded fried beef etc. So overall, a disappointing first time for me, though I did feel the place deserved a second chance and the portion are v generous.