Sunday, July 28, 2013

I have been exposed to many cuisines throughout my culinary adventures, but Venezuelan cuisine is one cuisine that I am less knowledgeable of. One thing for sure, it is simplistic and homely. This restaurant serves mainly arepas, a corn-based flatbreads stuffed with a variety of ingredients such as shredded beef (carne machada), cheese, plaintains, black beans, avocados. These are suitable for the carnivores, the vegetarians, the vegans and even the gluten intolerants. 

This restaurant is small and is always full. Advance reservations are not allowed, but it's on a first-come-first-served basis. We were 16 people. Despite bringing that many people, the staffs were friendly enough to accommodate all of us.

Now the food... while you wait for your arepas, try out some of their freshly made tropical juices. Passion fruit is undeniably the fruitiest of all fruits. However, if you are open for something new, go ahead and order the tamarind juice. It has a sweet, sour and earthy flavour, an interesting and tasty blend.

As for appetizers, the fried plantains are highly recommended, the sweetness of the plantains married well with the saltiness of the cheese. If you are chip fan, go for the rather-thick yuca chips served with avocado sauce. It's healthier than potato chips, that's for sure!

As for the arepas, they are served piping hot. I tried both the chorizo and pabellón arepas, I have to admit that the chorizo was a slight disappointment. I love chorizos, but stuffed in a bun, it doesn't work for me. Maybe if the chorizos were sliced thinner and mixed properly with the onions and peppers, it would be more appreciable to eat... The pabellón has a good balance of flavours and texture. The sweetness of the plantains, the saltiness of the cheese, the juiciness of the shredded beef and the spiciness of the sauce are what makes this arepa delicious. So, enjoy every bite of it!

The plantain cheesecake is worth ordering - soft and not overly sweet. The taste of plantains is definitely ubiquitous.

You have a group of friends with dietary restrictions and want to gather them all in one roof, no worries, bring them to Arépera! 
Fried Plantains with Feta cheese
Yuca Chips with Avocado Sauce
Chorizo de Pollo - Chorizo, Onions and Peppers
Pabellón - Black Beans, Shredded Beef (Carne Mechada), Plantains and Cheese
Guasacaca - Avocados, Onions, Tomatoes, Lime, Coriander
Queso y Aguacate - Cheese and Avocado
Champinõnes al ajo - Garlic Mushrooms
La Llanera - "Carne mechada" with Feta Cheese and Avocado
Caramel Flan
Plantain Cheesecake
Passion Fruit and Tamarind Juices

Arépera du Plateau
4050 rue de Bullion
Montreal, QC
H2W 1H1
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