Isla de Flores Late-season eatery in Jose Ignacio next to La Huella

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  • Isla de Flores

  • Frente al Faro de Jose Ignacio Faro José Ignacio Uruguay (598) 0486 2009
reviewed by
Michael Martin Editorial Review Author
  • The Scene:

    It seemed to rise out of nowhere on a lively corner of Jose Ignacio just down the sand from illustrious La Huella with a cutesy home store wedged between them. A terrace dining room and lounge painted in pastel white and blue occupying a prime corner of Jose Ignacio is home to the summertime resort outpost of Montevideo-based Isla de Flores. The Montevideo original has been around for more than a decade and is one of the capital's hottest eateries offering a gourmet Uruguayan menu with intricate wine list and social scene. Tabletops are adorned with colorful pottery from nearby open kitchens with staff hurrying plates around a casual but culinary dignified dining room of colorful walls and outdoor pool. 

  • cuisine
  • price
    $$$$ ($45-$65)
  • payment options
    Visa, MasterCard, American Express
  • hours
    12pm-4pm and 8:30pm-12am, daily (Dec – Mar)
  • table to get
  • special features
    Celebrity Chef, Hip Clientele, Beachfront Location, Lounge
  • The Food:

    In the world of South American cuisine there are a few chefs that stand out like their Robuchon and Savoy counterparts, with Mallmann being one and Gastón Yelicich being another. An original menu of locally sustained cuisine and market-fresh ingredients changes daily depending on the fisherman’s market in Punta. A daytime menu includes a hearty lunch that’s recently taken-on local La Huella as Jose Ignacio hotspot du jour with hefty salads, grilled seafood dishes and pasta specials that are as good as at the Montevideo original. Dinner is a more formal affair along a sexy outdoor dining room with similar menu but with heartier portions of grilled meats, baked seafood dishes and vegetable laden platters oozing with Uruguayan originality.

  • Last Word

    Uruguay's top chef brings Montevideo gourmand to tranquil beachside location in seaside Jose Ignacio.

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