Palenque Restaurant y Parrilla: "The Best of the Best" Montevideo Restaurant Tip by Boxer16
Montevideo Restaurants: 70 reviews and 80 photos
This is it! We all agreed, this is best restaurant (parilla) we patronized in Buenos Aires or Montevideo, where there are many great places to eat. Inside dining consists of a row of stools around three sides of the grill (parilla - par ee jhaa), while outside you will find more extensive seating in a white tablecloth environment. Everything we had was to brag about. The vegetables were perfect. The service was excellent. While it is possible to eat for a modest price, we were there to support the local economy to the best of our appetites, no holds barred. We had everything from soup to dessert. The spinach side dish alone would have made the reputation of any restaurant in the Eastbay. The "fried" cheese dish (mozzarella - manchego ?) was delicious though the very sight of it would make a cardiologist faint. Be careful ordering a large beer, they are liter sized. All the beef dishes were tender for grass fed beef (healthier and tastier than grain fed). There was no down side to this place. Enjoy the art galleries and antique shops in the area as part of the experience. If you can not find a seat, there are many other restaurants cheek-by-jowl that looked superb. The Palenque has a great reputation for fish, but we could only get to so much in one sitting.
Favorite Dish: We shared all dishes, all were excellent. The lamb steak was the best we ever had, anywhere, anytime, anyplace. The only way to eat fresher salad would be to lay on your belly in the field with a carafe of dressing in one hand.
Address: Mercado del Puerto. Peatonal Pérez Castellano 1579
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: It is located in the old market, a train depot before that, of Montevideo across the street from the port. Don't be a fool, take a cab. The Mercado is isolated from downtown.
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