Where to eat
Knowing Montevideo from its flavors is an invitation to taste the gastronomic menu as an open window towards the values of our community.
Uruguayan cuisine, like all regional cuisines, constitutes a manifestation of the culture of its inhabitants. It is the result of its ethnic origins, the geography and the climate of the region, as well as the constant innovation that globalization has brought in recent years.
The country has an exceptional pasture and quality cattle that is reflected in the abundance of grills where grilled meats and achuras reign. The Creole was first of all a cattle breeder and meat eater, that is why it is traditional to find pork or suckling pig, a Hispanic heritage. Lamb is also a high-quality and versatile product, and it is easy to find it in grills and elegant restaurants, since Uruguay is a producer and exporter of wool. But the offer is not limited to roast, sous vide, entrails and achuras. Due to Canarian influence, sweet blood sausages abound with fillings that include raisins, orange and chocolate. More recently, pamplonas, pork or chicken, stuffed with cheese, bell peppers and olives have been incorporated.
Another important chapter is the pot cooking, of Hispanic and Italian heritage. Thus, it is also possible to enjoy casseroles of lentils, matambre with milk, tongue with vinaigrette, beans, tripe (tripe) and pucheros (cooked), which incorporate corn, pumpkin and sweet potato, products absent in peninsular cuisine.
The Italian contribution is appreciated in the pascualinas, the milanesas, the pizzas, the dry and fresh pasta that they present to us in surprising varieties and quantities. And alongside traditional Italian sauces, such as bolognese, pesto, pomarola or sauce with mushrooms, there are native preparations such as Caruso sauce, which usually accompanies capeletis, and the custom of eating gnocchi on the 29th of each month.
Uruguayan gastronomy also has influences from other cultures. The British accent appears in the sandwiches made with fresh and tender crumb bread, among which the Olympic sandwich stands out for its freshness and the goat that, with grilled meat as the main element, is a fast food favorite. The Germans incorporated sausages, especially hot dogs (franfurkter) and a taste for mustards.
The French influence drives other sectors, both among the youngest who use mayonnaise as a fundamental seasoning in their meals, and which gives rise to tartar and golf sauces, as well as in the more gourmet field, in which recipes of duck, rabbit and other preparations not so popular but equally present.
The crepes became widely popular, and they are prepared both to prepare lasagna and cannelloni as desserts, among which the apple crepe and the dulce de leche pancakes stand out. This sweet, a product originally from the Río de la Plata, is the favorite of the population for sweet preparations. It is common to find it in ice creams, crepes, alfajores, cakes, native desserts (chajá), where only the imagination sets limits.
The wines deserve a special mention. With the reconversion of the wine industry that took place some 20 years ago, Uruguay has made it a point to stand out in this area worldwide, especially with its distinctive but not exclusive strain: Tannat.
The autochthonous influences made the mate, which was taken in campaign by Charrúa, Guaraní and Creole people before the birth of our nation, over time was consumed more and more strongly in the capital, regardless of the social strata, becoming National Beverage.
Montevideo has varied gastronomic offers that show the diversity of its population and its stories, knowing and enjoying them is a way of accessing the way of life of its inhabitants.
The city has a large number of options where to go: restaurants with dishes prepared by prestigious chefs, old recycled mansions, bars and cafes with history, a perfect combination of art, music and gastronomy.
Get to know Montevideo through the senses with the flavors that identify us, visiting different corners of our city to discover the best of our gastronomy. We leave you an open invitation to taste the gastronomy of Montevideo. Enjoy your meal!