Uruguay is famous for its massive grills where various meats are cooked in a traditional way. As great as these are, sometimes you can’t help craving a completely different flavor or style of cooking. Take a look at this list of the best food-fusion restaurants in Montevideo, so you don’t make the mistake of ordering Thai in a grill house.
Restaurant, Fusion, Healthy, Asian, Vegetarian
This beautifully decorated restaurant is one of the best in the city. It serves dishes inspired by South-East Asian cuisine and has a wide range of vegan and vegetarian options. There is an essence of harmony in Tandory; the service is exemplary and the food exquisite and deliciously tempting. This is one of the most popular restaurants in Montevideo, so make sure you book a reservation before going to avoid disappointment.
There is a lot of Spanish heritage in Uruguay, so you can find many restaurants serving tapas, paella, and other delicious Spanish cuisine. Toledo Bar de Tapas is the quintessential tapas bar in Montevideo, offering an amazing selection of these bite-sized delicacies.
Bar, Restaurant, Fusion, Seafood, European, Spanish, $$$
This themed tavern serves mouth-watering seafood, a staple in Basque cuisine. Like any good tavern, its dimmed lights provide a warm ambiance and you can hear a murmur of pleasant conversations infused by great drinks and even better food. If choosing between grilled octopus or Bizkaina cod wasn’t hard enough, it also serves a wonderful selection of paella, tortillas, and dishes borrowed from neighboring countries, like the Belgian moules-frites.
Bar, Diner, Restaurant, Fusion, Seafood, European, Mediterranean, South American, Spanish, American
Tractatus is a cultural center as well as a restaurant, so it is not uncommon to find a theater performance accompanying your meal. The walls are lined with incredible pictures and the music receives much praise from its visitors. Their menu changes periodically but always features a fusion of Spanish cuisine with that of other Latin American countries. Their desserts are also incredibly irresistible.
Visit Moksha for authentic Indian cuisine that is absolutely gorgeous and flavorful. Their menu is excellent and varied, with plenty of vegetarian dishes, as well as chicken, lamb, and shrimp curries. They all smell and look so delicious that it’s hard to pick your order, and you will leave booking a table for your return so that you can taste everything on the menu.
With a menu that changes daily, Estrecho will never cease to surprise you. One thing that doesn’t change is their expertise; they produce wonderful fusion dishes of different cuisines with striking presentation every time. Estrecho is a long, narrow restaurant, where you sit at the bar facing the open kitchen and interact with the chefs as you watch them work their magic.
SushiTrue is one of the best sushi-fusion restaurants in Montevideo because chef Danny Sadi is not scared of experimenting with flavors and textures. He produces amazing Japanese fusion cuisine which you can taste in this small boutique restaurant, which is thematically decorated with ornaments brought back from his travels. A few highlights among his exciting creations are the sushi rolls with panko shrimp, serrano ham, and blue cheese, the sweet and savory rolls with salmon skin, mango, strawberry, and lime zest, and finally rolls featuring carrot, eggplant, and shiitake mushrooms.
It’s best to visit this vibrant bar and restaurant with an empty stomach. Their menu is very much indebted to Tex-Mex, with proper Mexican flavors and spices but Texan-sized portions and bar food. Like all the best things in life, their magnificent plates of nachos, fries smothered in different toppings, fully loaded tacos, spicy chicken wings, and great selection of artisanal beer and cocktails are best shared.
Es Mercat has a reputation of being the best seafood restaurant in Montevideo and their perfectly executed dishes back them up. Highly influenced by Spanish cuisine, this local favorite is renowned for its fried seafood platter, paella, and grilled octopus which are out-of-this-world tasty. Among their dishes of the day you can occasionally find other meats like beef or lamb, which are cooked to perfection. But if you love seafood it’s too good here to go without.
Erevan combines the classic Uruguayan chivito with Armenian cuisine, combining the best of two worlds in perfect harmony. You could be tempted to have a meal solely from their delicious starters, but make sure you save room for the Armenian chivitos in pita bread, their tasty lahmajouns, or their lavash bread kebab.