My husband loves chocolate ice cream and he had tasted some all around the world. Among the best are definitly the ones from : La Cigale in Uruguay. They have many branches all over. And not only chocolate, dozens of different flavours as well, including of course : dulce de leche!
Favorite Dish: Chocolate Ice cream for Gil, Coffee ice cream for me.
Last night in Uruguay and our favorite little restaurant closed ( Sunday , late , like 11:00 pm ), we boarded a taxi and told the cabbie to take us to a good churrascaria , that is , a parrillada....
So , we arrived at El Entrevero which also is like rustic with the feeling of an old place , lost in time , but in reality a smartly conceived restaurant with an interior that gives you instant appetite.....
A rich menu , lots of goodies , Camila and I couldn't resist having red meat again.....
So , we basically ordered the same as usual , blood sausage ( Camila and I are hooked on this...) which comes in two types ( "salty" and "sweet"..) , the salty being the "ordinary" that we know , if we love this and the sweet made with cinammon as ingredient , heavenly.......
Then the chunk of wooden-log bbqued red meat , no matter which cut , everything melts on the tongue accompanied by baked potato with butter, parsley and a bit of garlic and of course fresh , crispy bread and the uruguayan passion , chimichuri......
Very recomendable , solid restaurant with optimal performance...
Favorite Dish: No way to pinpoint a single dish nor describe the why and the how of the taste ....
It's the perfect restaurant for the "seafood diet ", you see it , you eat it.....
Well , the sweet blood sausage needs another hailing...... hmmmmmmmmmm....
getting weak just thinking about it......
One cannot miss visiting the Mercado del Puerto, where you will find the best asado, or barbecue, in the city. There are many restaurants to choose from. You definitely have to have a bottle of Medio y Medio to accompany your meal. I recommend going to Palenque.
Favorite Dish: Parrilla, which is essentially barbecued meat (as well as organs, so if your not too keen into eating that, make sure you ask them to substitute with more sausage or morcilla (blood sausage).
If all the restaurants in Jose Ignacio are as good as Lucy's it is no wonder that people come from miles away. Lucy's is a cute little restaurant/tearoom. I would have to say that the food here was probably the best we had in Uruguay.
We had the option of inside seating or out on the patio. We chose inside.
The service was prompt and waitress quite friendly. Menu in spanish only.
Favorite Dish: Before our meal we were served small pieces of toasted home baked bread. Also a side dish of sauce/spread that looked like tartar sauce but it tasted different. It did have a mayo base though. Price for bread 45.00 UYU ($2.30 each)
I had the curried fish and the presentation was very pretty. Why did I forget to take a picture?
Hubby had strips of grilled fish with small white potatoes.
We passed on the delicious looking desserts that were on display.
I would have loved to have came back at 7pm for tea.
The restaurant located inside the Casa Pueblo is called Las Terrazas, there you can enjoy drinks while admiring the beautiful sunset or dine by the moonlight. I would have to say that eating here is more for the experience than the food. Not that the food was bad, it is just that the view is more memorable. We especially enjoyed seeing the night herons out on the rocks waiting for a meal to come along.
Dinner is served from 8:30pm until 1am. They offer seafood and steaks. Full bar and a nice wine selection.
The snack bar is open all day.
Favorite Dish: I had fresh steamed fish and hubby had grilled chicken for our main course.
For dessert we shared an anise custard and a flan with carmelized topping.
We also had a bottle of Don Pascal red wine
A light buffet breakfast is included with your room. They offer coffee (nescafe), tea, milk, toast, yogurt, pastry, ham, and cheese. Breakfast service starts at 8:30am.
The menu was posted outside the doors to the diningroom. Much to our surprise the food was less expensive there than any other restaurant of its calibur.There are several dining rooms in the Argentinio Hotel. We ate in the informal dining room that had one wall lined with windows, we had a view of the sea and Piriapolis. The waitress was quite pleasant and spoke a few words of english. It was a very special feeling just being there in the hotel having lunch like so many others had before us.
Favorite Dish: Favorite Dish: I had a steamed filet of fish that was seasoned just right and delicious. Hubby had chicken with peppers, onions, and tomato that he enjoyed. For dessert he had custard with cream that was served in an original 1920 desert dish. I had flan with carmel topping on the side.
It was the best food that we had in Piriapolis.
This restaurant specializes in pasta, which in Colonia is usually homemade. The menu of the day offers a choice of pastas, a dessert and a glass of wine (or pop) for one low fixed price.
Comfortable interior and friendly service.
Well, I'm not totally sure about the name ( it says on the window : La Parrillada Don Pascoal ) , but parrillada is every steak or bbq house in Argentina and Uruguay and Don Pascoal , I believe , is an uruguayan wine brand sponsoring bbq-houses with free wine in return for brand advertising in and outside....... and... I have not ONE picture of the place because I didn't expect really to drop into such a JEWEL of a place which would have really been a dignified eatery in every sense for taking pics... but my camera stayed in the hotel room....
The place is tiny and cramped... if you show up at 10:00 pm you will have to wait to be seated when a table ( out of maybe 12 or 13 ) becomes available. Camila and I just as the party ahead of us and another one behind us were waiting inside ( cold weather !!!) and standing in the way of the two very , very efficient and quick waitresses. While waiting you can't resist eyeing the plates in front of the lucky ones who are eating allready , giant steaks of all kind of cuts , pork ribs , delicious blood sausages , baked potatoes , salads... and you're asking yourself where they're preparing all this , because the "kitchen" is so tiny with the big log bbq that takes allmost the whole back space of the place.... The atmosphre is fantastic , there's a sense of camaradery and almost friendship between the patrons , an elderly , very well groomed and elegant couple just talked to us from 3 meters away , giving Camila tips on which wine to drink with which meat.... the very slightly "arrogant" and intimate friendliness of the people, waitresses and owner of the place struck a chord with us and we felt like at home being pampered with the absolute best food on this planet....
Favorite Dish: I had pork ribs , blood sausage and baked potatoes with a hefty portion of crispy fresh bread with chimichuri, Camila couldn't resist the blood sausage (black pudding for UKers), had a gigantic steak ( picanha ! ) with tomato/lettuce salad... she followed the couples advice and had a very good glass of red wine ( probably Don Pascoal ? lol...) and I had my usual grapefruit soft drink , because that's what I like....
The food , pure heaven , 5 stars and the atmosphere too.... No way to describe the place with better words... simple and straight , one of the top five ever......
( open only , I believe , for dinner...)
The inside of the Mercado building is filled with parrilla "restaurants". They consist of a giant BBQ grill where all possible cuts of beef as well as sausages, chicken, and other "stuff" (read "organ meat") are cooked. Customers sit on stools at a long counter and order from the overhead menu. These are meat and potato places. Vegetarians, stay away!!
Favorite Dish: I had a half order of "pulpa" (beef) & fries and a glass of red wine. Servings are really big, so a half order was enough for me. The whole thing cost me only 175 pesos (less than US $7).
I discovered this cafe on my first morning in Colonia, when I was looking for breakfast, and ended up returning every morning.
Interestingly, it was very quiet and shady in the morning. People only started showing up around noon, and by 3:00pm it was crowded and people were baking in the sun!
I liked it in the morning for its quietness and good people (and car) watching opportunities, as it's right along the main plaza (or in Colonia's case: main grassy patch!) :-)
Favorite Dish: I only had the cafe latte and medialunas (croissants), but they were very good.
Arriving in Punta del Este on our Sunday whole day excursion , we were sent off to have lunch somewhere like good kids and given one and a half hours to accomplish this feat. Camila and I crossed the street and entered the area of the "Punta del Este Yacht Club" with lots of boats and pier and all.... First , our "mandatory" photo session on the pier ( see respective What To Do Tip ) and then we got really hungry and immediately sat down in the first restaurant we saw, right there on the Yacht Clubs Boardwalk.. Kitty's... As it was pretty cramped inside , we decided to sit outside , a mistake of sort because the wind was chilling... but we put up with it in return for the nice harbor view....
The restaurant looked nice , the menu had a lot of different items , service was OK ...... not much I can really say after having one medium rated lunch there..
Favorite Dish: Well.... we decided to go for seafood ( that ocean... that is , river brise - remember Rio de la Plata ?- really opened our appetite...) and ordered Paella for two , expecting what you expect of a good Paella... It took less than 10 minutes and the Paella was served..... but it was a bit meager... and disappointing... Just a few clams and teenie weenie small shrimps , maybe three or four slices of squid and no octopus at all , not even talking about the missing occasional chicken chunks ... in a hefty portion of safron colored rice which was a bit bland.....I'm not saying you couldn't eat it.... After covering "it" with lots of freshly grounded black pepper , which I love , lunch even tasted quite good..... But the disappointment was with how little caring and dedication this meal was prepared , missing the whole special charme of a truly great Paella Valenciana of which I had had my great share when I traveled to Spain...... On a scale of 1 to 10 this Paella hits maybe 4...... But the waiter was a nice guy and I spared him any comments on the food.....
Maybe another choice of food might have been more rewarding..... I'll never know , though.....
The wines of Uruguay (and Argentina) that I tasted were quite good. The prices in restaurants were very low, and of course, even lower in stores. I think a wine tasting tour would be very rewarding.
Favorite Dish: The Tannat is reportedly from a grape that no longer exists in France. This is a strong (robust?) wine that goes well with a beef steak dinner.
Cute and colourful from the outside, a bit "imposing" on the inside. The menu is intriguing but when I tried to enquire about it, the staff was stand-offish and cold. Still, the food was very good and the decor impressive. I don't think I'd go back after the cold shoulder I got there for showing an interest in foodstuff names unknown to me.
The place was not filled with foreign tourists, far from it. But it felt like it was meant for tourists, especially those who don't ask questions. They lost me at "hola"...
Doesn't matter, lots of friendlier places to eat at in Colonia, and for less dough.
Favorite Dish: I don't remember what I had now. If they'd been nicer, I probably would remember the names of dishes.
You just HAVE to go to the Port Market in Montevideo and go inside to check out the "cabañas", all serving fresh seafood prepared in every great way, with good white wine from Uruguay.
The chef was young and handsome, he could not speak I think, but he was great with food and had a fantastic smile. The cabañas are all lined up side-by-side, indoors, they all look like a bar, with stools, and most have small tables in front, like a café-terrace. You just walk along, read the menus and pick the one you like best.
(I'll write in the place name if I ever find it, but it's not important. Follow your inclination and enjoy, don't bother with details. The whole place specialises in fresh seafood dishes.)
NOTE: Go there for lunch because I don't think the restaurants at the Mercado del Puerto are open at night. The area is not considered safe at night apparently. I can believe that... I walked away from there after my lunch, in full daylight, and there was a long stretch that was quite desolate and forbidding before I reached Ciudad Vieja and the lively pedestrian mall.
Favorite Dish: I had seafood that was out of this world, herbs and spices and everything nice, just right. Called plato de mariscos, plato or... zuppa, can't remember. A big bowl full of tasty seafood, coriander, lemon, wow! an explosion of taste!
The pic shows Cabaña Veronica, I ate at another Cabaña nearby but enjoyed it so much that when I was finished, I was embarrassed to take a pic of it... the chef was just too cute and I didn't want him to know I thought so.
Before dinner we had a chance to visit the cava, while having a glass of wine. After the dinner (and actually, sort of during), we were treated to a tango and dance and singing show. It was all wonderful!
Favorite Dish: The food was BBQ (parrillada), similar to Argentina. There was a bit of a salad bar and then many different meats were brought around to the tables - steaks, sausages, etc. It was all delicioso!
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