Parador La Huella

José Ignacio, Uruguay

Parador La Huella

On the pass:

Vanessa González

Pastry chef:

Veronica Viera

Style of food:

Seafood and grill

Standout dish:

Grilled catch of the day


Playa Brava, José Ignacio

+598 4486 2279

Beach-chic restaurant making a name for itself in Uruguay

Chief reason to visit: The ultimate in chic beach eating, Parador La Huella’s repertoire in grilled seafood led by Vanessa González is second to none, making it a regular summer spot for trendy and fashionable visitors from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and beyond.

A few words on the chef: When she took over the kitchen from Alejandro Morales – who founded La Huella with business partners Martin Pittaluga, Guzmán Artagaveytia and Gustavo Barbero – in 2015, González had trained in Brazil, Argentina and California, as well as having overseen the events and HR departments of the restaurant and worked with local producers for years.

Typical dishes: Grilled seabass and corvina ceviche and, for dessert, the dulce de leche volcano, an absolute must-eat dish for those with a sweet tooth.

International expansion: A second establishment, Quinto La Huella, opened in 2016 at Miami’s fashionable East Hotel in Brickell, 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 and has penned a cookbook, La Huella.

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