Sassy Summer in Cafe Misterio
As the first two weeks or the “primera quincena” of January come to an end so to does the largest annual exodus from Montevideo. After the Christmas and New Year’s holidays most Uruguayans head to the coast or the “campo” (the country) for their well earned two weeks of vacation. This goes for shopkeepers, restaurant owners, teachers, librarians—pretty much everyone. A typically bustling Montevideo gets pretty quiet. This Monday, the hoards will begin to return, and the city will come to life again. And to offer up an option for a special night out in a sultry, summer-time Montevideo I suggest Cafe Misterio.
Cafe Misterio reopened its doors after a brief break for the holidays on Wednesday, January 12th, so they will be ready and waiting to serve you even if some places may still be closed. The restaurant has been around for years and so has a reputation for excellence. Located in Montevideo’s Carraso neighborhood, it is appropriately swanky. It is located on the corner of Costa Rica and Rivera streets, a couple blocks off of the area’s main drag, Calle Arocena. It is not a large place and fills up fast, so if you are arriving after 9.30 or 10 and are a party of more than two, you should have a reservation to avoid a wait.
The experience is lovely. Indoor and outdoor seating is available and if you are indecisive, you can sit inside by a large open pane window. The lighting is always golden and glowing, and the aromas tantalizing. There are all sorts of dishes available at this elegant Carrasco hub, though they are most famous for their sushi. The options are endless and I usually just go for a platter of nigiris, sashimis y makis, which comes professionally and mouthwateringly displayed. I am always satisfied. Other entrees include a great selection of fish and seafood spreads but also delicious gourmet chicken dishes, tempting pasta (I liked the spinach, leek, and gruyere ravioles) and of course the Uruguayan classic—succulent filet mignon. All of the dishes boast new and exciting flavor fusions, and guarantee a culinary symphony in your mouth. The desserts are to die for as well and for those of you who appreciate a good glass of wine (or a bottle), Cafe Misterio offers an extensive list.
Cafe Misterio is open for lunch and dinner and even offers delivery. You can place an order on their website: www.cafemisterio.com.uy. If you are looking to make a reservation, you can do so at any hour on the nights of Monday through Thursday. Fridays and Saturdays get a little more complicated as they accept reservations only for 9 p.m. and then 10.30 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Sundays.
“El Misterio” is not cheap but for a night that promises to be truly special, its a great choice. You can find all of the prices listed online on their website.
I highly recommend this place for a lovely get-away on one of these hot summer evenings. Unfortunately they don’t allow children under twelve, but it makes for the perfect excuse for a romantic date night.
Whatever your occasion may be, enjoy!
Cafe Misterio, Costa Rica and Rivera Streets, tel. 601 8765; website: www.cafemisterio.com.uy.