Martin Lavecchia worked and lived for nine years in Spain, where he trained at El Celler de Can Roca, a three stars Michelin and #1 in the 50 World's Best Restaurants of 2013; he also worked at the restaurant Alkimia in Barcelona.

    Since 2012, he’s back in his native country of Uruguay and settled down in Montevideo where he opened his own restaurant in the Old Town called "FOC" which means “fire” in Catalan. In February 2016, he moved his restaurant to Punta Carretas, a posher neighborhood. The restaurant is spacious and beautifully designed in black with dark wood tables and comfortable chairs and sofas; it has two floors and a wonderful patio for summer lunch and dining.

    Now, let’s talk about our dinner of Friday November 4th 2016: we chose the tasting menu of five dishes at 1,500 Uruguayan Pesos (50 Euros) which was the best quality/price meal that you can find anywhere in Uruguay.

    The menu consisted of one amuse-bouche, an entrée, a fish dish, a meat dish and two desserts. It was simply wonderful, the best meal of our entire stay in Uruguay, besides the Bodega Bouza’s restaurant.

    Each dish was well prepared and tasty, even the croquetas that our son had ordered were crispy and flavorsome, even our pre-dinner "FOC" cocktail was quite original.

    The service was very nice and helpful, tried to speak some English.

    The wine list had a very good local selection and international brands, with a nice choice of cocktails.

    Martin Lavecchia is probably the best chef cooking in Montevideo at the moment, and FOC surely is the best restaurant in the whole Uruguay.



    Address : Ramón Fernández, 11300 Montevideo, Departamento de Montevideo, Uruguay

    Telephone : +598 91 654 227

    Mail: focresto@gmail.com

    Schedules Tueasday to Saturday from 20H00. Closed on Sunday.FOCFOCFOCFOCFOCFOCFOCFOCFOCFOCFOCFOCFOC



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  •  The best thing you could do on a Sunday in Montevideo is to visit the Bodega Bouza which is probably the most beautiful bodega in Uruguay and also to lunch at its restaurant which offers one of the best cooking in Uruguay.

    Besides  a stunning landscape with a beautiful view of the vineyard and an impressive collection of antique cars and motorbikes, there is a very good table led by the chef Marcelo Garcia with his professional staff,  particularly the sommelier, Juan Alvarez.

    The restaurant is spacious, airy with a view on the large kitchen. The chef proposes an à la carte menu with seven choices of cold and hot entrées, seven choices of meat and fish dishes, and finally ten desserts. All the vegetables and ingredients come directly from the bodega own garden

    Every dish was perfectly prepared and cooked, especially the Gambas Risotto with saffron and the Orange Panacotta. Our meal was served with a white wine Albarino 2016 and a red wine from Monte Vide Eu 2014.

    The service was very professional and competent with some members of the staff speaking English.

    The Bodega Bouza was a great choice for us to spend our Sunday afternoon in the countryside with good wines and good food.


    Bodega Bouza

    Address : Cno. de la Redención 7658 bisBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega BouzaBodega Bouza

    Telephone : +598 2323 7491



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  • Torralbenc is the place to be in Menorca if you have a lot of euros to spare, and if you do, it’s an incredible place to stay and relax while you’re on weekend or holidays. The hotel is beautiful with its view on the countryside and even a glimpse of the not-so-far sea. Torralbenc is located just outside the town of Alaior.Restaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - MenorcaRestaurant Torralbenc - Menorca 

    But most of all, we came to Torralbenc for the gastronomic experience. The dinner was made truly unforgettable by the restaurant’s setting – amid 70 acres of private farmland, vineyards and olive groves, with views down to the Mediterranean Sea as the sun sets. 

    Gorka Txapartegui with Executive Chef Luis Loza has replaced Paco Morales who now has his own restaurant, Noor (One Michelin Star) in Cordoba. In their craft, both chefs hold a deep respect for ingredients and authenticity which was reflected throughout the spring/summer menu which was in line with the famous Catalan and Basque cooking philosophy “Mar and Muntanar” 

    On July 14th 2016 for our dinner to celebrate my wife’s birthday we chose the tasting menu at 70 euros. We can tell you right away that it was very good, probably one of the best meals we've had so far this year. Every dish was perfectly cooked, prepared and served from the amuse-bouche to the dessert. 

    The wine list was excellent, with incredible international and local references. For our dinner, we chose a cava called Clos Lenticus – Sumoll Reserva Familia – Blanc de Noir Brut Nature which was a stunning discovery. 

    The service was excellent -- our host even welcomed and waited on us in French. 

    Torralbenc is a true gem in Menorca, it’s the kind of place that you wish you could keep to yourself. 


    Restaurant Torralbenc 

    Ctra. Maó – Cala’n Porter,  Km.10 

    07730 Alaior (Menorca) 

    +34 971 37 72 11, +34 971 74 78 76 

    info@torralbenc.com, www.torralbenc.co

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    Restaurant Smoix (Cake in Menorcan) in Ciutadella, Menorca is probably among the top five restaurants in Menorca.Smoix - MenorcaSmoix - MenorcaSmoix - MenorcaSmoix - MenorcaSmoix - MenorcaSmoix - MenorcaSmoix - MenorcaSmoix - MenorcaSmoix - Menorca

    Miguel Sanchez and his partner, Vianey, welcome their guests in a beautiful setting, the entrance of the restaurant is magnificent and leads to a cool and nice patio. The restaurant itself is spacious with designed wood tables; the ambiance was serene and sober when we ate there on July 16th 2016.

    The menu à la carte was short, which is actually a good sign, with a choice of six “Picar, Picar” (small dishes), seven starters and eight main courses.

    Every dish we ordered was extremely flavorsome, tasty and succulent, even the croquetas that we ordered for our son and the amuse-bouche was right on the bull's eye.

    Only the desserts, for our taste, were not up to the high standard as the rest.

    The wine list was very interesting and full of local and international references. The offer by glass was one of the best in term of choice, quality and price that we have seen so far in Europe.

    The service led by Ms. Vianey was very nice and efficient.

    If Miguel Sanchez ups his game on his desserts, he will for sure deserve a Michelin star in the future.



    Address : Av. Jaume Conqueridor 38, Ciutadella, Mernorca

    Tel. reservations +34 971 38 28 08



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  • The restaurant Pan y Vino in Sant Lluis is one the best and most affordable restaurants in Menorca.

    The chef, Patrick James, and our host, Noelia Zardoya, are the married couple who owns the place. They offer a set menu that changes every day and for 37 euros you can get three courses: starters, main and dessert.  It is to be noted that, should you wish to swap one of the menu dishes for another à la carte you can do that with no extra fee.Pan Y Vino - MenorcaPan Y Vino - MenorcaPan Y Vino - MenorcaPan Y Vino - MenorcaPan Y Vino - MenorcaPan Y Vino - MenorcaPan Y Vino - Menorca

    We elected to celebrate our son's 6th birthday there and were greeted by Noelia – in perfect French - like we were members of the club. Noelia and the team even prepared a special chocolate birthday cake especially for our boy. What a nice surprise and generous touch from all of them!

    Generosity, kindness and quality are what makes Pan y Vino a successful restaurant. The food is good, generous and refined. Patrick James knows how to mix French cooking with local ingredients and a touch of exotic flavors.

    The local wines and cavas are well represented on the wine list which offers eclectic choices from France and others regions of Spain.

    And Noelia Zardoya leads the service with charm and efficiency – and in at least three different languages (Spanish, French, English).


    Pan y Vino 

    Address : Camí de la Coixa, 3 - Torret - Sant Lluis - Menorca

    Tel. reservations (0034) 971 15 02 01









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