Punta del Este is a very refined destination, worldwide famous, where you will find excellent restaurants in the city and hotels, to eat international dishes. There is a wide variety of options in Punta del Este, but there are some local dishes you can taste during your visit to this place:
What´s the Chivito? Well, it is a delicious sandwich and the country's national dish. chivito means little goat in Spanish. The name of the sandwich cames from the 1940s, whena chef in a restaurant was asked to prepare roasted goat, but since he didn't have one - he made a sandwich with bits of just about everything he had in the kitchen, and chivito was born.
The sandwich is filled with meat - slices of churrasco (grilled/roasted and thinly sliced beef), ham, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, melted mozzarella, and a topping of fried eggs. The sandwich buns should be quite large, such as ciabatta rolls. Optionally, it can be topped with olives, pickles, and cooked onions, while salsa golf - a popular mix of ketchup and mayonnaise, acts as a perfect condiment. It is a quite tall sandwich, due to all of the ingredients stuffed inside it. Praised by many world chefs because of the high-quality, grass-fed beef ingredients on the inside, chivito is finally getting the recognition it deserves.
In Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, and in a number of other South American countries, it is both a culinary and social event attended by friends and family to share the joy of outdoor cooking. Asado traditionally features a wide selection of grilled meats, mainly beef, which Argentina is most known for. The meat is cooked on a special brick-built grill called la parrilla, and the fire can either be made with charcoal (parrilla al carbón) or wood (parrilla a leña) which is more typical for the countryside and known as asado criollo, a term that indicates a more rustic, traditional style of grilling. First to go on the grill are chorizos (pork sausages), morcillas (blood sausages), and achuras (offal), followed by thinner beef cuts such as matambre (rose) and entraña (skirt steak), which are to be grilled hot and fast, as they would otherwise dry out. Lastly, apart from various side dishes and salads, the delicious asado meats are traditionally accompanied and doused with two sauces: chimichurri and salsa criolla.
In Punta del Este, meat is present in most of the dishes. In Uruguay, meat is roasted with burned wood and not with charcoal, giving the food a unique flavor of firewood. Beef or beef is usually roasted in ovens called grills; With it they fill rich empanadas or prepare "Milanese a la Nepolitana", which is prepared with a piece of ground roast meat, which is passed through an egg and is breaded with breadcrumbs, fried or baked and covered with tomato sauce homemade, oregano, ham and mozzarella cheese.
Tortas fritas are fried biscuits consisting of flour, butter, lard, milk, and baking powder. The dish is traditionally consumed with a cup of yerba mate, usually on rainy afternoons during autumn and winter. It is customarily served with fruit jams or dulce de leche on the side.
Chajá is a dessert that was invented in Uruguay, and though people don’t eat it often nowadays, it’s one of Uruguay’s most traditional dishes, favored among older generations. It consists of a spongy square that combines pastry, meringue, and peaches. Some recipes swap the peaches for strawberries, and some also add chocolate or dulce de leche.
Mate & Tannat Wine
Among the most popular drinks in Punta del Este is the traditional mate, an infusion made from yerba mate (a typical Uruguayan herb). The famous Uruguayan wines, such as the one made with the Tannat grape variety, can be enjoyed with a rich roasted meat or with a delicious spicy cheese