Uruguayan cuisine combines a variety of influences from Europe, making it a unique culinary experience. This diversity is reflected in the range of gastronomic and Michelin star restaurants across the country offering interesting and authentic dishes on the menu.
Uruguay tops the list of beef consumption in the world; therefore, beef is a staple feature on menus across the country and Asado is the traditional barbecue over an open fire with a selection of meats including beef.
Other popular specialties include Empanada (kind of pie filled with minced beef or cheese), Choripan (gourmet sausage), Chivito (sandwich, Uruguay’s national dish). There are many options for the sweet tooth such as Frabkfurter Kranz (sponge cake), Arroz con leche (rice pudding), Pasta Frola (a quince tart).
Over the past few years, the dining scene in Uruguay has seen an evolution of local staple food getting a makeover in renowned gastronomic and Michelin star restaurants.
Most restaurants also have suggested menus with wine paring as Uruguay wines are hugely recognized globally. Wine paring with different cuisine is becoming the order of the day as Uruguay is becoming one of the preferred destinations in South America for a luxury wine vacation.
A few of the reputed wineries in the region also have in house restaurants where they provide wine tasting with lunch or dinner such as the Tannat experience.
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