Origami Sushi: The Freshest Sushi in Town
When I arrived in Caracas, it took me a long time to get used to the sushi here as it is very different to elsewhere in the world (especially Japan). Sushi is popular and every mall has a couple of sushi chains, but these often to not seem fresh and some times the fish looks very ropey.
I was therefore jumping for joy when I tasted the sushi at Origami. It is amazing, so fresh and so tasty. It is addictive... one you go, you can not stop going back.
They have a good selection of sushi as well as combos and side dishes such as croquettes, salads, gyoza, etc.
It is only a small place and is a lunch place not a dinner place, but is cute inside (with a fish tank on the wall) and very clean.
It can sometimes be a little slow during busy times but it worth the wait. Also, remember they add Cream Cheese in every roll (almost) in Venezuela, so remember to ask without it if you are not a cream cheese fan. And remember to remind the sushi chefs here as they always seem to forget.
This place also has the best ice tea I have tasted.
Favorite Dish: Tiger Roll - amazing
Ice tea - Wow
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Salon Canton: Excelent Service and Food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here you will find a very good Chinese food (Cantonese)
the place it is very nice the decoration is it different with all the others Chinese restaurants.
Have a big parking lot, you do not have to worry about your car
The service is one of the best ones!!!!!!!
There are 3 Salon Canton on town, one at las Mercedes, el Rosal and La Castellana, CCCT.
My preferred is the one is the one at the Castellana
Favorite Dish: La degustacion of the house: is not on the menu but you can ask for it. The dish consist on in 6 different plates where you can prove different flavors, shrimps, chicken, meat, noodles with different flavors (oyster sauce, honey garlic others) ribs
It is a Dish for two or tree persons!!!!!!!
You will like it........................
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Pastelería Doris: THE BEST ITALIAN PASTRY SHOP IN CARACAS!!!
In December 1960, Marcos Battipaglia, Maestro Pastelero (Master Chef speciallized in pastries) founded Pastelería Doris. There you can find cakes, "petit fours", chocolates, sweets, italian icecreams and the best coffee in the area.
Also, they have salty stuff: baked pastries filled with turkey and cream cheese, ricotta and spinach, jam and cheese, "sfogliatella" and also pizza squares.
Since Signore Battipaglia is a big italian soccer fan and a huge Ferrari Formula 1 fan, he has an inmense tv set in the tables area. There you can have breakfast, on a Sunday morning, and see how Shumacher and Barrichello win again and again and again.
Open from TUESDAY until SUNDAY. Mondays closed, even if on their www they say they are open.
They have a delivery service, but is much nicer to go there, sit down, eat pastries and chat for a couple of hours. There is no rush.
Check their www and click everything clickable. You must see the varieties of cakes they have!
Favorite Dish: COLAS DE LANGOSTA = Lobster tails. They are not made out of lobster, nor fish. But they look like a lobster tail. Is a sweet crunchy pastry that comes in solid layers. It is filled with "crema pastelera" (pastry cream... a sweet, thick, non greasy, yellowish cream).
They also have a chocolate filling version. But I rather eat the original.
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Das Pastellhaus, Hatillo
Hatillo is a colonial village (in the city) about 15 km south east of Caracas city centre. Hatillo is a popular place to visit and here there are many restaurants. One of them is Das Pastellhaus where I ate with my friends. They serve pizzas and salads and have a nice outdoor terrace. The evening we visited it was almost empty indoors, but full on the terrace.
Salads where about 28 Bs, pizzas about 38 Bs and fruit juices 6 Bs (June 2008). To that price, as in many restaurants in Venezuela, 25 % in tax and service is added.
I had about three hours to wait at the domestic hall at the airport and it was lunchtime. I was very happy to find Benihana Sushi as most other places just served fast food like pizza and empenadas and that was not what I wanted at the moment. At Benihana's they have many different combo plates and I had number four, which had eight pieces on the plate (two of each sort). The price 30 Bs (June 2008) also included a Pepsi cola.
If you had changed money on the black market 30 Bs was at this time 10 dollars.
La Gran Majestic
This is a panaderia/deli which beside food, cakes and cookies sell newspapers and magazines. At the counter you can see which food you like to have and then you order from the waitress. You pay at the cashier when you leave. It is not a cheap place but the food was good and you don´t have to wait long. For two meals (one with chicken and one with beef), two coca-colas, one small water and one fruit salad it was 69 Bs (June 2008).
Havana Cafe: For nice Cup of Coffee
This is a really cute Coffeshop, where you will find also the famous argentian "Alfajores Havana" and too Paninnis for lunch or dinner.
The place its so nice, wood walls with havana Alfajores Box.
Favorite Dish: Paninis!!!! all are so yummy, my favorite its Puerto Madero: grilled vegetables with cheesse.
Also, a Mocaccino coffee and Havanette cone.
La Guitarra Anduluzza: Good food here
First off, its a good idea to bring anti-bacterial toillettes when you go out to eat. 95% of the restaurants I went to en VE didn't have soap.
If in San Cristobal, go to La Guitarra Andaluzza in Barrio Obrero. And try the Sangria there. Anywhere in Barrio Obrero is good.
CATAR: An original proposition in the Gastronomic square!
This is a wonderful and original proposition in the hearth of " Los Palos Grandes". For many years this used to be the place where many production companies had their studios. Now they have converted the place to a mini shooping center with local art galleries and art craft shops.
The restaurant is really unique. The decoration is a mix of different bizarre styles, one wall will have a stack of fabrics lined up and the opposite corner fancy candelliers. Ambience is superb, with soft "Cafe del Mar" style music in the background. The Menu is a mix of local dishes and Pan-Asian dishes. Portions are reasonable.
You must allow enough time, or call to reserve, the place is packed especially at peak time.
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American Deli: Junkfood!
Nothing special about the american deli, I just went in because I was in need of some Oreo milkshake ;) For what you get, the AD in Caracas is overpriced and not a place I would advice anyone to go to...
Hardrock Caf?: Collectors item
For those you have the ambition visiting every Hardrock caf? in the world (and getting a T-shirt to proove they were really there) there is one in Caracas too. It's pretty recent and -so I've heard- lives up to the expectations of the fans!
Favorite Dish: Good burgers and fries! Very american-tasting!
Jugo De Ca?a
Jugo de ca?a is sugar cane juice, mixed up with crushed ice with a squeeze of lime. Very refreshing on a hot caracas day! Make sure you taste the jugo before leaving the stall so you can ask for some extra lime if you think it's too sweet. Personally I think it tasts better when a little more sour than what they give you.
Shawarma: Quick Delicious bite!
On the caracas streets you will find street stalls selling shawarmas. These are originally arabic. What is it? Well it's a rolled flour tortilla filled with a mixture of pieces of grilled meat, diced tomatoes and cucumbers and some liquid tartar/mayo/garlic sauce. The more sauce you add, the better it tasts! This Shawarma stall I found, has a few benches on the side, where you can enjoy your shoarma before hitting town. It's only there in the evening.
There are tons of these places: Arepa Nation
As you may have noticed, one of the big late night food groups in Venezuela is the Arepa. It's basically a sandwich, filled with a choice of about 20 different ingredients, with a corn based bread as the sandwich bread. There are a bunch of Arepa joints all over the city, and they're open late into the evening.
Here is my tip:
If you're leaving a bar or club, find a legit taxi. They aren't too hard to find, as you'll easily get a good feel for the taxis that are legal. If you have even minimal spanish, make friends with the driver, and have him take you to one of these Arepa places. We did this (at that time I spoke nearly no spanish) and it worked like a charm. I gave him some extra "propina", or tip, and he took us into the restaurant and actually helped us through the confusing process of ordering and paying. For some reason, you paid for the Arepa on the other side of the restaurant. We took our Arepas to go, and ate them on the balcony of the hotel at about 4am. I would highly advise having a taxi driver act as a spur of the moment tour guide. Unless you're fluent in Spanish, it could be a rather confusing exercise.
Favorite Dish: To be honest, I have absolutely no clue what was in the arepa I ate. I think it was avocado and turkey, but it could have been Yak for all I know. Tasted great though.
This is a picture of me, on the balcony, after dropping my arepa.
Crapes & Waffles: Delicious Desserts!
A modern place featuring ice-creams, waffles and pancakes to suit all tastes.
There are other options, as delicious salada and lots of dessert combinations.
Favorite Dish: I loved the ice-creams, dozens of flavours you just can't choose one.
I went there several times and tasted many of them.
Brownie was my favourite!
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