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Where to watch the sunset in Montevideo – and get great fish and chips too

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7pm on a summer’s evening. The sun will be going down in under an hour. Where’s the best spot to kick back and watch the sun go down over the city skyline? It’s time for deep-fried fish and ice-cold beer at El Morrito in Playa Ramirez.

El Morrito has a couple of tiny shacks selling sea food and drinks, overlooking the water to the left of the beach when you face the River Plate.

Postas & ChipsWe recommend you ignore everything else and order the postas – fillets of fresh white fish caught earlier that day, dipped in batter and deep-fried until they are wonderfully crispy and deliciously hot inside.

The staff will try to sell you their Seafood Symphony. Don’t go there. It is expensive, huge, and looks greasy. We have never seen people eat more than half of one.

Postas are one of the cheapest items on the menu (70 pesos, apx 3 USD).

Why aren’t I recommending the miniaturas? Miniaturas consist of fish cooked in the same way as postas and are ubiquitous to most Uruguayan menus*. The difference is that as the name suggests, miniaturas are bite-size pieces of fish.

However in El Morrito, I’ve noticed that the miniaturas are sometimes prepared in advance and reheated. Always go with the posta, it’s going to have less batter and you assure yourself a really fresh portion of fish.

Another thing to compliment: The beers are served in frosted beer mugs straight from the freezer. A great touch which doesn’t happen often here.

Something to improve in the future: Chips made with real potatoes would be a great addition. And the prices of the side dishes and soft drinks are absurd given the humble nature of the restaurant. Check the menu prices before you order.

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El Morrito is a great place to stop off before going to the Teatro de Verano to watch a show and is also just seconds walk from the Parque Rodó.

 

 

* Miniaturas are often the sole fish-based starter included on restaurant menus thanks to Uruguay’s meat-oriented cuisine.

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El Morrito, Rambla Wilson, Playa Ramirez, Parque Rodó, Montevideo is open in the summer from midday until after dark. El Morrito on Facebook

 

9 Comments

  1. Chris

    December 7, 2016

    Your blog is great and has been really useful while we explore Uruguay. Thank you!

    Just thought I’d let you know that El Morritto had changed a bit since your post.

    The postas have doubled in price to 140 pesos, and ours were served completely raw in the middle. When we got the bill, they had added multiple items we didn’t order and almost doubled the total.

    I would avoid this tourist trap at all costs – despite the great view.

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    • The Guru of Guru'Guay

      January 3, 2017

      Hi Chris, thanks for the update. Seems like they got wind of my bargain find! Though the price for the size of the fish portion is no longer a bargain, it’s still a reasonable price. The raw centre… hmmm, not good. I hope you sent it back. I would be surprised if the problems with your bill were deliberate. Hopefully they were just an error. My family and I frequent this place fairly often (when we find it open!) so I will mention to them what happened to you. All the best, Karen

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  2. Matt

    March 25, 2016

    I went to El Morrito fish club yesterday and the postas were 730 UYU on the menu. The place was shutting down at 6ish as they were expecting rain / having a slow day, but at that price we probably wouldn’t have stayed.

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  3. Sheila

    January 5, 2016

    Hello! My husband and I are “snow birding” in Montevideo escaping northern USA winter. Really love your blog and plan to rely on it for the next 2 months! Thanks!
    BTW, we are apparently neighbors at 637 Sarandi, enjoying the area very much. Please keep posting!

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  4. Fabi

    February 11, 2014

    Hi! I’m Uruguayan, I lived in Montevideo for 10 years and then 4 in Spain and now I’m in USA. I go back to Uruguay every year and from now on I’ll be reading your posts for advice on where to go and what to eat. Apparently my friends should read to, because they never know where to go!

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    • Welshwitch in Uruguay

      February 11, 2014

      Fabi – it’s an honour for a Welsh person to be making useful recommendations to a Uruguayan about life in Montevideo – heh heh. Point your friends in this direction – I’m sure they’ll have some good stuff to share too. 🙂

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  5. Amy

    January 31, 2014

    I think this is the place my husband has been begging me to try! I will have to go SOON! Pictures look lovely! Thanks for sharing!

    Amy

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    • Welshwitch in Uruguay

      January 31, 2014

      Pleasure, Amy! I’m happy to get them more business, they should be waaayyy busy than they are…

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