Hand on heart. The Guru’Guay will wager that this is the best fish and seafood restaurant in Montevideo.
Since a writer from National Geographic called it “the most satisfying I’ve had anywhere in the world”, the star-turn at Es Mercat is the pulpo (octopus). The Vacation Rental Show raved about the “seared merluza negra with golden crackling skin” (South Atlantic sea bass) seasoned solely with rock salt—regulars bring the chef unique salts back from their world travels.
In our experience, the trick to having the best culinary experience at Es Mercat is to have the owner Facundo—he who looks like one of the three musketeers—choose what to serve for you.
For two, he’ll generally recommend a couple of appetisers and one main course as main dishes are large enough to share.
A chef from Texas told me that he was so blown away by the food that by the time his main course arrived, “my eyes filled up”.
If you’re an old timer and wondering where Roberto and Lili, his joyous Swiss sidekick, are—they’re just around the corner in El Otro (Es Mercat)—a new cafe bar, also well worth checking out.
Bring an appetite. Credit and debit cards are accepted.
Colón 1550 esq. Piedras, Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo
To reserve a table, email Facundo at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +598 2917 0169
Lunch: Wed-Sunday noon till 4 p.m.
Dinner: Wed-Saturday 8.00 till 11.30 p.m. (kitchen closes)
Photos: Miguel Angel Canale