It may be the world’s southernmost city but this colourful place offers a wonderful range of restaurants with a mixture of local and South American cuisine at reasonable prices. Those suggested by Chimu as providing good value are within walking distance of the hotels and hostels which number over 120 but this total includes ski lodges scattered outside the city.
There are over 100 restaurants to choose from and Chimu Adventures offers its thoughts on a small selection which from the personal experience and advice from some of its clients, should not disappoint.
The following are not in any order of preference:
Avenue Maipu is the main road along the waterfront and within easy walking distance of the town centre. Food is light (soups, sandwiches, quiche and salads), beer on tap, the service is excellent and it’s well patronised by the locals which is a good sign. Great atmosphere and lots of quirky memorabilia, photos and posters of local environmental issues to look at. It’s a former general store providing a peek inside the real Ushuaia… A French pastry cook makes mouth-watering croissants and crusty baguettes Tripadvisor rates it 9 from 104 restaurants in Ushuaia.
In San Martin the main street through the centre of Ushuaia. If you enjoy crab this will not disappoint. Select your own crab from the tank in the window and it will be presented to you a few minutes later with scissors to open the shell. Salmon and other dishes offered. It was started by an Italian family a couple of generations ago. Tripadvisor rates it in the top third of all restaurants in the city.
On a corner of Avenue Maipu and overlooking the ships leaving for the Antarctic Peninsula. Argentina is famous for its beef and lamb and the specialty here is Patagonian lamb which you can see cooking in the window. All parts of the animals are cooked in Argentina and there’s plenty of cuts to choose from. Rated in the top 50 on Tripadvisor.
Rated by Tripadvisor / Productexpert as 2 out of 104 in Ushuaia and the best in town (No 1 is two hours drive out of the city). Raving reviews for its service, food, atmosphere and value, it offers Argentinean, Mediterranen and South American cuisine. It pays to make a reservation as Kalma is quite small but the dishes outstanding. Foodies line-up for it and Jorge the Chef has worked in some of the best restaurants in the world. In Antartida Argentina just up from the waterfront and just a block from two museums.
This is a couple of kms out of the city but an easy walk if you have time with great views of the Beagle Channel along the way, however a cab is recommended and much warmer.The restaurant offers stunning views over the water and its a place to relax and enjoy the views. Has children’s menu and favours local Patagonian dishes. Rated on tripadvisor as 4 out of 104 and doesn’t disappoint.
It’s the southernmost Irish pub in the world and offers a good selection of food in addition to a wide of beers including the local Beagle brew. Close to hotels in the centre of the city it’s a popular hangout with both tourists and some locals. Great atmosphere which usually continues late into the night.
Ovejitas de la Patagonia
This is a must for chocolate lovers and great for tea/coffee lovers. The orange or lemon pudding is to die for. Right in the middle of the city in Avenue San Martin it’s usually very busy but the service is very good. You can also make your own selection of chocolates and the ice cream is tops. Rated in the top 20 by Tripadvisor.
Maria Lola Resto
Just two blocks back from the port area you can’t go wrong with this. It has an Asian influence but also offers Argentinean and international dishes which are beautifully displayed. It’s rated the fifth-best in Ushuaia and has a very good wine selection.
For pizza lovers, this is the best in town and on Monday’s your pay 50 per cent less. It’s also rated highly for its empanadas. The place is generally packed but the service is good and Tripadvisor rates it in the top 30. For those on a budget, it’s highly recommended.
Just about neighbours a popular museum in Antartida Argentina this is an excellent one for seafood enthusiasts. The 2nd-floor restaurant has Chilean owners and although the service can be slow the crisp calamari rings, paila marina (shellfish stew) and fish dishes like abadejo a pil pil (pollock in garlic sauce) are excellent. Rated in the top 20 by tripadvisor and slightly cheaper than restaurants.
Written by David Jensen, the founding Chairman of Mawson’s Huts Foundation which he established in 1997 expressly to conserve the historic huts at Cape Denison. He was born in New Zealand where he began his career in journalism. In 2008 he became CEO to run the Foundation full-time to raise funds for the project. David was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1999 for his work on Mawson’s Huts. To visit the website of the Mawson’s Huts Foundation click here.