Moliendo Café is a mom-and-pop restaurant in the Calle Larga area of El Centro, where it's a well-known favorite of people who work in the area. What makes it so special?
The Colombian food! Yes, Moliendo Café's meals are all Colombian-based.
The owners, Miguel Angel Rojo Roldán and his wife Magnolia Hernández Ramírez, do it all.
Miguel takes your order and serves your meal, while Magnolia manages the kitchen.
Since 2001, when they opened Moliendo Café, their goal has been to share the working class foods of their ancestors, Colombia's mountain pioneers, with their Cuencan neighbors.
And they do it right! They serve their meals proudly and with pleasure, "transmitting and preserving Colombian culture through sharing of foods, faith and culture with our brother, beautiful Ecuador."
The only complaint we have about Moliendo is that it's usually so busy, you have to wait for a table. If you're lucky, you'll be able to share a table and enjoy your food sooner!
The meals are very simple, made with various combinations of rice, lentils, sausage, pork, eggs, plantains, arepas (cheese-filled corn tortillas, a very Colombian food), chicken, beef and salad.
There are many vegetarian dishes as well, including a fabulous guacamole and a delicious lentil burger (Jeff usually orders one), empanadas, cheese donuts, and patacones.
Juices are made fresh for you. If you prefer, enjoy a Colombian coffee (Juan Valdez, anyone?), beer or something stronger. There are also Colombian drinks, including Avena Colombiana, a cinnamon-flavored drink, and Colombian soft drinks.
Or order the Batido Afrodisiaco de Aguacate (an aphrodisiac avocado shake). No, we haven't tried it, so we can't vouch for its effectiveness.
Two people will be hard-pressed to spend $10 in Moliendo Café without being wheeled out in a cart. The prices are so low that you'll be tempted to overeat (Jeff has more than once). Resist the temptation by promising yourself that you'll come back to enjoy yourself again!
Moliendo Café is located on Honorato Vásquez, one block away from Calle Larga, between Borrero and Hermano Miguel.
Hours are 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Closed Sunday. Hey, Miguel and Magnolia need to rest some time!
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