No.23

Parador La Huella

José Ignacio, Uruguay

On the pass:

Alejandro Morales (pictured) with Vanessa González

Pastry chef:

Florencia Courreges

Style of food:

Seafood and grill

Standout dish:

Grilled corvina fish

Contact:

Playa Brava, José Ignacio

+598 4486 2279
http://www.paradorlahuella.com/

Beachside eatery in Uruguay’s upmarket José Ignacio

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)

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