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 and chef Roberto Connio, or his son, Facundo—he who looks like one of the three musketeers—also an excellent chef, choose what to serve for you.
For two, they’ll generally recommend a couple of appetisers and one main course as main dishes are large enough to share.
Colón 1550 esq. Piedras, Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo
To reserve a table, email Facundo at email@example.com 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