After a million Bif Lomo / Ojo meals we decided it was time for something a little different to eat in Punta and found Calexico via TripAdvisor.
Bottom line - the food was excellent. The attention to detail is impeccable as we we told that Mexican foodstuffs are not readily available in Uruguay, so they make much of it themselves, like the Tortilla Chips, made from ground corn they grind themselves. I had to have a second order of these, these were absolutely like nothing I've had before. Bottom line, this was fresh tasty food that was authentic. If you are used to Taco Bell or other "Americanized" food you will probably find this strange and perhaps not to your liking.
Service was excellent, mainly because the owner does come around and chat with you and is super nice. Any concerns or questions are best routed through him as his english is perfect (he is an expat) but his staff may not speak english. Taxis can be called for you afterwards by the staff.
A bit of a warning. This is quality food and it does come at a price. Most north americans equate Mexican food with dirt cheap prices for ridiculous quantities of food. This is not the case here. Dinner for two with starters and a beer or two each came to ~$90. Portions are adequate, not jumbo like in the states so don't be expecting that. At the time I went the 22% IVA was being refunded via a government promotion (as with all restaurants in Uruguay) making this a more appetizing $68 meal. About par for PDE dining, but noticably more than the rest of Uruguay / Argentina. It's worth noting that the annoying usual cuberto charge of 50-100 pesos per person is not charged here.
Bottom line - think of this as fine dining and you'll have a great experience, which is what we had there. Would totally return there again.
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