Based on his recent research trips, Latin America expert George Warren, selects his pick of where to sample the claw-some cuisine of Ushuaia, Argentina.
In Argentina, beef or lamb are usually the order of the day. But here in Ushuaia, crab is king.
Ushuaia is the southern-most city in the world, perched on the tip of Argentina. As well as acting as a gateway to Antarctica and the Magellan Straits, it boasts superb hiking trails.
Whatever the reason for your visit, it’s a good place to refuel and indulge in some of the best cuisine in the country. Centolla, or king crab, is the marquee dish to try while you’re here. If you’re staying at Arakur, you can even try them in empanadas.
One popular question for visitors sitting down to their first crab meal in Ushuaia concerns cracking shells. ‘”Here we do the work, so you don’t have to”, smiles the waiter at Kaupe.
Make sure you reserve a seat by the window. Perched a few blocks up the hill, it’s a pretty view out past the port to the sea. Locals swear by the lamb, but the speciality here is seafood – be sure to try the king crab.
Kalma has more of an innovative feel to the more traditional Kaupe.
There’s a very friendly atmosphere and the owner and chef, George, changes the tasting menu constantly. They use the best local ingredients from Tierra del Fuego, all of which make this the finest dining experience in Ushuaia.
A firm favourite along the main strip in Ushuaia, Freddy’s is a no-frills option, where seafood is the order of the day. Even the placemats here guide you towards the classics.
The king crabs form part of the spectacle here, and it’s a good option for a lunch.
A very pretty, traditional cafe, Ramos Generales is located very near to the port. This is a quaint place for a coffee and pastry.
With an impressive selection of Argentinean wines and local craft beers, it’s also a great spot to try the picada – meat and cheese platter – before dinner.