La Capilla, Garzón, Uruguay 20401, Uruguay
It may seem strange to find a gourmet restaurant run by a celebrity chef at the end of a dirt road in Uruguayan farm country, but Francis Mallman has never been conventional (when he opened a restaurant on Long Island, he did so in the least chic nave, West Hampton.) Mallman earned his reputation as Argentina’s best chef in Mendoza and Buenos Aires, where he runs the highly-lauded Patagonia Sur.
In Garzón, an inland town about a half-hour drive from José Ignacio, Mallman might as well be called the mayor. He owns much of the surrounding land and a small inn, but his restaurant is what draws elite visitors and foodies from all over South America. His creative concoctions, like the legendary wood-grilled meats and fish, may compare in complexity to those of international culinary wizards such as Heston Blumenthal and Thomas Keller, and given that even lunch costs about $100 per person, they should.
Indagare Tip: Garzón is a 40-minute drive from José Ignacio, so a meal here can be a five-hour affair.
Written by Indagare