The best food in the Oriente may be at this ambient house by the river inside the charming hotel of the same name, 1km north of town. Award-winning chef-owner Sofia prepares fragrant pollo ishpingo (cinnamon chicken – ishpingo is a type of cinnamon native to the Oriente); its decadent, delicate flavors awake the palate.
Try the lomo plancho (grilled steak) for a tender, perfectly cooked slab among artfully arranged vegetables. Top-notch vegetarian and fresh fish dishes are likewise appealing. It's at its best during a leisurely, sunny late lunch.