Verne

Fine dining in an aromatic herb garden

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Should we dine at a table in the aromatic herb garden or in the library on a leather couch surrounded by books and art?

Verne is a star of a new restaurant scene opening up along the coast in Ciudad de la Costa—a string of leafy beachside communities, a short commute from the centre of Montevideo.

Fresh fish and the lasagna are the most popular dishes. Their signature is the mollejas en crema de maíz (sweetmeats in a cream of maize). All seasoned with herbs from the garden. Everything is remarkably fresh and flavourful—the fish caught locally, the salad garnish that came with the lamb croquettes, the criolla sauce that accompanied the beef. The desserts are something else. We tried the spiced apple crumble with ginger ice cream. Superb.

Based in what was their family home, Patricia Cuevas and her sons Martin and Nicolas, extended and opened Verne in 2020. With the assistance of a landscape designer, Patricia designed the extension as a habitable greenhouse. Wherever you sit you are visually or physically surrounded by an aromatic herb garden.

Most of the materials used to build Verne were reclaimed—the entry pathway of flagstones used to pave Belloni street. The cuisine, together with the art, the well-stocked family library, the piano, the tasteful lighting, the comfortable seating imported from India and the well-informed servers, conspire to make a trip to Verne a feast for the senses.

What you should know

  • Verne is open for lunch on weekends and dinner Wednesday through Saturday. Reservations are recommended. Feel free to reserve in English.
  • Verne’s well-stocked wine cellar features around fifty labels of mainly Uruguay wines. Check out their craft and signature cocktails using herbs from the garden.
  • We’d read criticisms regarding portion size online. My dinner companion has a serious appetite and declared the servings hearty. I struggled to finish my squid pasta, scarfing the fresh fresh seafood before quitting.
  • Live music on Thursday evenings.

Contact

Verne Restaurante
www.vernerestaurante.com.uy
Rambla costanera esq. Río dulce, Ciudad de la Costa, Canelones

Reserve by calling +598 91 374 948

By car from Carrasco: 10 minutes
Pocitos: 25 minutes

Opening hours

Wed-Thu 7 p.m. till midnight
Fri 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Sat noon to 5 p.m. / 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Sun
 noon to 5 p.m.

One Response

  1. Syd Blackwell
    I read Karen Higgs´s review on Friday night. I made a reservation on Saturday for Sunday at noon. It was also Gundy´s 71st birthday. We were, of course, the first to arrive. The special appetizer or the day was a fusion version of ceviche, made with corvina, mango infused vinagrette, mango pieces, a dollop of guacamole, and deep-fried boniato strips on top. Nice presentation. Delightful flavors. We shared it to start. For the main course, Gundy chose the fish dish, also corvina, with an interesting boniato zanahoria purée with an orange flavoring. I chose two more appetizers instead of a main dish. I had to try to mollejas with the crema de maize, recommended in Karen´s review, and added the lamb croquettes that came with salad greens with toasted slivered almonds and a plum purée sauce. We also had a bottle of Ombú, a tannat-syrah-petit verdot blend, from an Atlántida area winery. For desserts, we chose the chocolate volcano and the tiramisu and shared them too. The service was excellent the surroundings were pleasant, every dish we ate was exceptional. We will go back again soon.

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