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My name is Matthew Blau. I'm a chef and restaurant owner from the US. I first lived in Cuenca for a year in 2016 and then moved back for good a few months ago.

Last week I opened a little restaurant in Cuenca that I'm quite proud of and I'd like to tell you about it. EAT is an opportunity for me to share some of the foods I love the most and that I haven't found here in Cuenca.

The menu is simple. Half of it is sandwiches. But these sandwiches shouldn't be confused with most of the other sandwiches found elsewhere in town.

First, we serve all our sandwiches on artisanal baguettes and hamburger buns made fresh daily by Kelbert. Those who know of Kelbert's bread already probably get what I'm talking about. But apart from the great bread, what 's all the fuss about these sandwiches? Well I'm just going to list a few of them so you get the picture.

There is an all-American meatloaf sandwich with melted cheese and crispy fried onions. One bite and you'll feel like you stepped back in time. There's the Baja fish taco sandwich, a Vietnamese banh mi, a BBQ pulled pork and slaw, a Louisiana fried shrimp po boy, a custom ground cheeseburger, a Korean style beef bulgogi sandwich and a black bean veggie burger. And then there's the lamb burger. This has quickly become a customer favorite (you need to taste this to believe it). All of these are only part of the roster.

Then we have plates and bowls with meat, chicken and seafood, all with onion-rosemary roasted potatoes and garlicky greens on the side. There's a Buddha bowl for vegetarians with roasted squash, fava bean hummus, green vegetables and house made sauerkraut. We also have a traditional macaroni and cheese with either shrimp or pork.

For dessert we serve a warm apple crisp with ice cream, a warm boca negra chocolate cake with a hint of chipotle and vanilla and coffee creme brûlées and more.

Now before you go, let me tell you about our drinks.

We have daily made aguas frescas like pineapple-basil and watermelon-mint, and fresh sodas made in house, like grapefruit-rosemary and cucumber-mint. Now seriously, when's the last time you had a cucumber-mint soda? Sounds a little strange? Just ask to try a sample of anything. We're happy to oblige. We can also add vodka or gin if you are so inclined and of appropriate age. Of course, we also have beer and wine.

Thank you so much for reading to the end and thank you to all those who have come in to support us so far. To those who have yet to experience the culinary sensation that is EAT, we hope to share a table with you very soon.

3 de Noviembre (70 meters downriver from the Broken Bridge). Mon-Sat, 11:30 AM to 8 PM and Sunday 11:30 AM to 5 PM.

Michael: 098 935 8169