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“Great place ”

La cuchara De Madera
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Reviewed 2 March 2018 via mobile

Stopped on drive back from José Ignacio to Montevideo... great people, simple food well cooked, super friendly with our young son...great way to end our holiday in beautiful Uruguay!

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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

First time I had been to this place, we arrived on time to our reservation.
Owner received us very politely and explained the menu and showed us the salad bar.
Salad bar was ok, very limited menu options.
We chose stuffed pasta (sorrentinos) and garlic sauce chicken as main courses.
Both were barely acceptable.
Service was way too slow and unattentive.
We even decided to skip dessert after waiting half an hour for someone to take away the main course dishes...
There's 2 basic things that have to be spot on in a good restaurant: quality of the food and service!

Thank Eduardo S
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Reviewed 4 December 2014

I have eaten here a couple of times. It has a nice ambiance with indoor and outdoor seating. The food is fresh and prepared to order by the owner who comes around to check you are happy with your meal. I had a nice fish dish with a shrimp garnish and had plenty to take home.

The salads are nice but as in almost every restaurant here, do not expect more than bottles of olive oil and vinegar to make your own dressing.

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Reviewed 21 November 2014

We have been several times (4 or 5?) and particularly enjoy the salad bar which comes with the meal. They also have an optional dessert bar which others have liked but we never have room. The decor is fresh with an eclectic, more modern mojo.

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Reviewed 4 October 2014

La Cuchera de Madera (The Wooden Spoon) – Parque del Plata, Canelones, Uruguay

“A Wonderful Discovery in our own backyard!”

Today, two friends introduced us to La Cuchera de Madera, a delightful little restaurant, that we have somehow missed hearing a thing about in its more than three years of existence, even though we just a short drive away. We would like to announce it more thoroughly. This is a great place to go!

We arrived a little after 1pm, and were the first to arrive. Uruguayans eat lunch late. The owner quickly came out from the semi-open kitchen area to greet us, as we looked appreciably at the earth tone orange walls and woven ceilings of this neat and clean eating area. He led us on a brief tour to show the outdoor parilla behind the eating area and the (covered) open outdoor eating area beyond the grill. We returned to the indoor seating and chose an orange and yellow clad table near a window where light streamed in.

There is no paper menu presented. The offerings are written on a board near the salad bar. The set meal includes soup, access to the salad bar, and a main course item. Beverages, desserts, and, of course, service are extra charges. We were presented with an appetizer, a pork concoction (apparently) in a vinaigrette, served with little rounds of garlic toast and crusty bits of bread. We enjoyed these with a large flask of the house red wine, while we looked around at the eclectic decorations of this new treasure. Eventually, we headed over to the menu board.

The main course offerings on this Saturday were two different chicken dishes, a pork dish, a lamb dish, two different fish dishes, and a pasta. There was also the choice of the traditional Uruguayan parilla fare. Everything sounded interesting and the chef was watching, eager to please. Oddly, none of these dishes appealed to me. I rarely eat meat, but I really had my mind set on beef, which was not featured, except parilla style which I did not want. The chef sprang to the rescue and explained several beef dishes he could make. Both my wife and I agreed to try one. Our friends both chose the pasta dish, with a four cheese sauce.

The salad bar was not the usual uninteresting fare. There were five different bins, one plain lettuces, and all offerings were interesting. Most of us sampled all the choices. A wide range of oils, vinegars, sauces, and seasonings were available to add to your salad. Our soup, today, a bowl of clear vegetable broth, arrived just as we did with our salads. Everything was very tasty. We did not go back for more salad, though allowed, as we knew there was much more to come.

Our main courses were presented in a timely manner just as we finished our soups and salads. Our beef dishes turned out to be seasoned strips of beef steak that had been braided along with a strip of bacon and was served with a garnish sauce featuring cooked onions and red peppers bits. On the side were two small potato halves topped with melted cheese and herbs. It was attractive and delicious. Our friends also enjoyed their pasta dishes.

The dessert offering (postres) beckoned. Our friends decided to not partake of dessert, but, from previous visits, they assured us we should indulge ourselves if we could. We did not resist. There was a chocolate and dulce de leche cake, a citrus cheesecake, a great looking flan, an ice cream cake topped with frozen slices of Kiwi and strawberries, and another pie-cake that seemed to be mostly whipped cream, peaches and meringue and was, in our opinion, the best of the lot. And yes, we had to sample everything! How else can you write a review?

The bill for this over indulgence of food, and half the wine, totalled 1060 pesos. We added a 10% tip on top and received, under a new Uruguayan law, a refund 191 pesos for using my VISA card. So, we actually paid 975 pesos, US $39.75 on today´s exchange rate.
La Cuchara de Madera is located on Avenida Argentina, between G and H streets, in Parque del Plata, the most easterly community in the greater Atlántida region.

Tel. 4375 4504 Cel. 099 639 508 lacucherademadera@adinet.com.uy

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