Serves meat, veg options available. A lively art cafe that serves no red meat. Approximately 50% of the plates are vegetarian with several main plates being vegan or adaptable, marked. Some appetizers are also vegan. Has wi-fi, a book exchange and rental, movies daily. Mr. Hood is a native English speaker; English is on the menu. Price: Moderate more-less
Ovo, Lacto, Western, International, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg
Calle Luis A. Martinez y Eloy Alfaro, Correo Central (opposite Sativa)
Banos, Ecuador EC180250

Mon 12:00pm-2:30pm, 4:30pm-10:00pm, Tue-Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm

  • Cash only


First Review by Stevie
  • vegan

Pitfalls of eating at a mixed restaurant

Posted on 07 / 28 / 2014

After reading good reviews about the restaurant and reading the menu near its entrance which listed many items as vegetarian or vegan, or could be made vegetarian or vegan, decided to give it a try.

Ordered a Pad Thai and emphasized 'vegan' which my companion heard and the wait person wrote something on her pad after hearing 'vegan.'

Minutes later it was served. Before eating I noticed that some parts of it looked like egg (original dish contains egg) so I picked it up and gave it to my companion who confirmed it was egg.

The wait person offered to take it back and offer me the vegan version but I decided to go to Sativa Studio Café across the street which serves only vegetarian cuisine and had a very satisfying lunch.

The restaurant seemed trendy and saw many people, mostly foreigners, dining at it. The prices seemed high (the Pad Thai/Tai was priced at $5.75, about the same I pay for in Oakland, CA, USA) compared to places in Quito where I paid $3 or less for most vegetarian set lunches but might be on par with other nearby restaurants.

One reviewer had mentioned that her/his Pad Thai had lots of vegetables but my case those vegetables were invisible. Perhaps they were below the starchy whitish stuff that was visible.

Its apparent popularity shows that it has food many people like but as a vegan I have the suspicion that even its kitchen will be not so serious about food contamination issues. Thanks for Sativa which in spite of its limited menu serves only vegetarian cuisine, a supermarket on the next street parallel to its street, a farmers' market (Wednesday and Sunday) a few blocks away, and a few other veg-friendly stores, makes it quite easy for me to avoid mixed food places like Casa Hood entirely in future.

Updated from previous review on Monday July 28, 2014

Updated from previous review on Monday July 28, 2014

Pros: Menu in Spanish and English, Vegetarian and vegan levels marked, Nice interior
Cons: Does not seem serious about vegans, Mixed-food-restaurant issues, Staff needs more training re vegans
  • vegan

nice alternative style place

Posted on 09 / 01 / 2013

i ate lunch here a few weeks ago & unfortunately they would not adapt the almurzos menú for me. It was vegetarian & not vegan so i had to eat from main menú which had great choices & was clearly labelled vegan, vegatarian etc. I ordered a salad with buckwheat or something like that. It came in a bowl & wasnt very big but was nice & filling.I tried the other restaurant aswell & it was different but i would definitely recommend trying them both.I had burrito & juice & it was lovely.

Pros: good locaton, good choices, good labels
Cons: no vegan almurzo on the day
  • vegan

Chill hangout in tourist trap town

Posted on 09 / 01 / 2013

We were lucky to find this place on the same street as out hostel in Baños, with generous opening hours, nice coffee and vegan options clearly marked. The personnel was friendly but not all of them were sure about what made the dishes non-suitable for vegans. Not exactly cheap, this is still a good place in Baños, where most things are over-priced. Weird music choice but nice style.

Pros: Atmosphere, Friendly service
Cons: Somewhat pricy, Serves meat

  • vegan

Casa Hood, Banos

Posted on 01 / 15 / 2013

This place is run by one half of the former Mr & Mrs (I think the mr in this case).

Its not all vego by any means but there's plenty vego choice with those offerings clearly marked as such on the menu. Vegan items are also marked on the menu. The menu is in English and Spanish. I went for the plato vegan which was seitan, rice and salad. When dressed with the salsa sauce that was on the table, it was very nice. Other vegan choices included pad Thai, falafel, nasi goring and pasta primavera. The freshly squeezed mixed fruit juice was the business.

The vibe in the place is very nice. If this place was 100% vego I'd defo rate it higher than 3.

There's also Cafe Hood a few mins round the corner that is run by the former other half of Mr & Mrs Hood. I was a little surprised Cafe Hood wasn't listed on happycow when Casa Hood is. However having now also eaten in Cafe Hood, it doesn't appear as geared to veg*nism to the sane degree as Casa Hood. Casa Hood is defo better geared towards veganism of the 2.

Pros: Vegan friendly, Central, Open long hours
Cons: Not 100% vego


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