Alejandro Morales (pictured) with Vanessa González
Seafood and grill
Grilled corvina fish
Playa Brava, José Ignacio
+598 4486 2279
Chief reason to visit: The ultimate in chic beach eating, La Huella’s repertoire in grilled seafood led by Alejandro Morales is second to none.
A few words on the chef: Morales worked at a family-style parrilla (barbecue) near Montevideo's port. After studying hospitality, he started working in hotel restaurants before moving to Mexico for a few months. Upon his return to Montevideo, he put together an initial team to open La Huella with business partners Martín Pittaluga, Guzmán Artagaveytia and Gustavo Barbero.
Typical dishes: Grilled seabass; dulce de leche volcano.
International expansion: A second establishment, Quinto La Huella, opened in mid-2016 at Miami’s fashionable East Hotel, serving the original sushi and grilled-meat offering in a larger, more urban setting.
Bonus point: Morales co-writes a monthly column for Lento de Montevideo magazine.
Images: Heidi Lender (portrait of Alejandro Morales), Eric Wolfinger (restaurant and dishes)