Finca Narbona is a bit hidden, but then most great restaurants are. To arrive, you must take the gravel road that locals use during the high-season instead of the congested seaside highway. A small wooden area directs drivers down another dirt road and through the gates of Narbona. Located in a 19th-century estancia, Finca Narbona is the brainchild of Pacha Canton, the owner of Puerto Carmelo. In addition to a restaurant, there is also a small art gallery that shows the work of Uruguay artists as well as a boutique grocery shop that sells Narbona’s excellent cheeses and other artisanal goods. Narbona’s wines (they have vineyards in Carmelo) can be sampled in the wine bar or paired with dinner. When I visited we started with wine in the enormous wine cellar and then moved outside to the illuminated courtyard where the chef had prepared a grand asado and served roasted lamb, goat and pig. Nearly all of the vegetables in the salads and sides were harvested from the Narbona farm.
Camino del Golf, Km Punta del Este, La Barra, 598-9664-8664http://www.narbona.com.uy
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