Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Day 30 - The Best Meal Ever
Feeling much better after our Epic Sleep, we got up this morning and walked all around the central portion of Montevideo. We strolled along La Rambla (the beachwalk that runs along the Rio de la Plata—the widest river in the world and what we mistook for the ocean for a few days) down to the port and then up through Ciudad Vieja and the Centro neighborhoods.
Today was the day of great food. For breakfast we found a hole-in-the-wall bakery and bought dulce de leche and ham and cheese empenadas. For lunch we stopped at a wine and tapas bar named Corchos, where we got to sample some amazing Uruguayan wines. And for dinner (based on the recommendation of the woman at Corchos), we ate at a mom-and-pop restaurant called Dueto, where I had what was definitely one of the best meals of my life. Nick and I shared a succulent rack of lamb with cubed cinnamon sweet potatoes, a chocolate mousse with orange sauce, an apple crumble with homemade ice cream, and a bottle of wine. All of that for only about $40. It was some of the best service I've ever had as well—the waiter was extremely attentive without ever being obtrusive. I ended up having to use my crappy camera to take a picture of the lamb, and it's definitely not the best food picture I've ever taken, but people must see the deliciousness.