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cuisine in Uruguay - Restaurant at Fasano Las Piedras Hotel in Punta del Este, Uruguay

Cuisine in Uruguay

What can you expect from the cuisine in Uruguay? Our experts have some tips to share with you.

Discover a wealth of delicious dishes during one of our private Uruguay tours. The asado (barbecue) is a cornerstone in the cuisine of Uruguay – they are as much a key familial and social event as they are a gastronomic delight! In terms of per capita consumption of beef, Argentina is Uruguay’s only rival!

Uruguayan beef is of excellent quality and is prepared simply with coarse salt and by careful grilling over wood fire coals. Yerba mate is drunk almost obsessively by Uruguayans, especially during the Sunday asado barbecue. In the beach towns along the coast, fresh seafood and shellfish are grilled during the warm summer holidays and served with fresh seasonal preparations.

Uruguay tours are incomplete without sampling delicious street food items like the chivito, which are very popular with travelers in Punta del Este especially after a long night spent indulging in the city’s famous nightlife.

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Cuisine in Uruguay – Expert tips

Uruguayans take yerba mate drinking to an unmatched extreme. On an Uruguay tour, you will notice the locals with thermos and mate gourd in hand at practically all hours of the day as they walk the streets, go shopping or ride bicycles or motorcycles.

Recently the country has developed into a burgeoning wine region, producing primarily the Tannat variety. We recommend a private Uruguay wine tour so you can discover the surprising quality of Uruguayan wines for yourself!

Yerba mate - cuisine of Uruguay

Why not try some typical Uruguay food?

  • Chivito: a multi-layer steak sandwich, which is the emblematic street food of Uruguay
  • Postre Chaja or Chaja dessert: layers of crunchy meringue, cream, sponge cake, dulce de leche or milk caramel and peaches
  • Asado: beef grilled over burning coals, an Uruguayan staple
  • Pizza por metro: literally translates to ‘pizza by the meter’; an Uruguayan take on the ubiquitous pizza, this is rectangular in shape and cooked in clay ovens.

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