This is an arepa place that opened 24 hours; also you will find typical Venezuelan Food Arepas, cachapas, venezuelan cheese (telita, guayanes)etc???? always it is full but you always find a table.
It is like going to eat in the interior of the country but in the city the same taste
You do get economic prices and fast service.
Favorite Dish: Arepa of telita cheese
Arepa de pernil con aguacate (pork with abocato)
Cachapa con queso de mano (corn pancake with white cheese)
Do you like fresh, 100% pure, natural juices???!!!
Then you must comme to "La Holandesa"... I believe they have them all. And they sell 4 different sizes: small, medium and large... and then a tuppewarish thing to take home.
You can get there almost any tropical fruit juice: guanábana, guayaba (guava), mamón or quenepa, tangerine, etc.etc.etc.
My very favourite is MANGO juice... it always reminds me of how good is to be alive!!!
Favorite Dish: Jugo de mango. Mango juice. But, besides the juices, they also sell fruits, and candies, and icecreams. I go there just for the juice.
THIS TIP IS DEDICATED TO BIGBENBA, vt friend and FruitLover.
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........................
This is one of my favorite Italian restaurants, it is small but the attention it is excellent the food home style is like eating in Italy. The Nona (Grandmother Italian) is the cooker the uncle is in the cashier, the husband is the waiter as you will see it is a very family restaurant.
Only work for lunch from 12:30 pm to 5:00pm
at night only with reservation
What ever you ask you will be wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Favorite Dish: Torteloni de Salmon
Tortelone de tomate seco
Papardele di fingi
It has the very best, the most exquisite pastries in Caracas. And, believe me, I've been to almost all of our pastry shops and I'm a dessert-pastry-icecream-chocolate and sugar speciallist! (My mom is much better than me, though...).
But a warning. The people that work in Pasteleria Mozart have never been extremely friendly nor smily. Dont you pay attention. Their pastries are worth it.
Another warning. I do not recomend their chocolate section. Even if they taste delicious, they melt in your fingers. That means that the chocolate is not quite well "templado". It has an exquisite flavor, but needs a bit more of consistence. (This is for chocolate experts, as you see...)
Favorite Dish: Their classic, favorite of all times: "Profiteroles de Chocolate" (profiterols). But they also have "Milhoja Griega" (greek millefeuille); "Mousse de Amaretto"; Cheesecake; 5 different types of chocolate cakes; nuts pies; "Tiramisu" (delicate italian coffee pastry); "Baklaba"; fruit mousses and many more!!!
They also have breadish pastries like danish rolls, which we call "caracolas" ("caracol" = snail); apple strudels; nuts breads; "Stollen" a german sweet heavy and long lasting loaf; "Panettone"; "Florentiner" = chocolate, caramel, orange and almond cookies, etc, etc, etc.
And they make a delicious coffee. Any size, color and temperature you desire.
"The Pabellon con Baranda" has 4 ingredients: 1. juicy shreaded meat (cooked with onions, tomatoes, sweet peppers, salt, etc); white rice; black beans (in Caracas, while we cook them, we add some sugar. All of the "other venezuelans", those who dont live in Caracas, the capital, hate us for that. But we cant help it: we -in Caracas- are sooo sweet!); aaanddd, my very favorite: slices of fried, ripe, sweet platains. The combination of flavours is excelent!!! Believe me.
1. carne mechada
2. arroz blanco
3. caraotas negras
4. platanos fritos
You can have that for lunch or for dinner... or also as a late big breakfast.
Favorite Dish: You can eat a "Pabellon con Baranda" in venezuelan typical local restaurants and even in big "areperas". If you dont know what an arepa is, please check my other page, the one that is called "It is round and made of corn flour".
Almost anywhere you can eat a fine "Pabellon con Baranda". You have to be really picky (like I am) not to be fully pleased by one. I usually get mad because they didnt add sugar to the black beans and I "demand" sugar-inmediately... POR FAVOR!!!
Since I coudent find a good picture of a "Pabellon con Baranda", I decieded to draw it and, while coloring the platains I became very very hungry...
This is a great pastry store (with tables and nice waiters that do not rush you) where you can go to have a great breakfast... or go any time during the day in order to eat sweet or salty pastries (which cheese or ham...) and drink an excelent cup of coffee, or chocolate or tea.
It started as a Spanish pastry store but, with time (it has been there over and over the years) they have incorporated other tipes of pastries: french croissants filled with chocolate, italian little pizzas, and venezuelan "cachitos" filled with ham.
Favorite Dish: Today, January 6th, is one of the best places to go get a "Roscon de Reyes" (please check my local customs page and read all about the "LOS REYES MAGOS" = "Three Holly Kings or Wisemen" which we celebrate today).
We have been eating "Roscón" since last night. We will eat all day today. Tomorrow it will be the end. If you want to eat some more, you will have to wait a year long. Is a tradition.
It is round, big, with a hole in the middle (like a huge flat doughnut). The texture and flavor are pretty much alike the italian "Panettone". The one in the picture could be easily shared by 8 up to 12 persons. You can buy a small Roscón, a medium or a large... You eat it with hot chocolate.
When you eat it you must be very carefull. They always put a little "surprise" inside of it. (Like Mardi Grass cake with a tiny baby inside; but here you can get a little clown, a little angel, a surprise!). This year, VT member Sophie Roquefort, got the surprise (a little green frog), this means she is going to be very lucky and has to buy the Roscón next year... So, where ever she is, she has to buy one and share it!
FELIZ DIA DE LOS REYES MAGOS!!!
HAPPY THREE KINGS DAY!!!
The HALLACA (also spelled HAYACA) is our xmas traditional plater. In a banana leaf there is placed a certain amount of corn flour -thin pancake shaped-, in the middle there are gathered all sort of things: cooked meat & pork with tomatos, peppers, onions, etc. And then, as "decorations": some chicken, olives, cappers, rasins, prunes, almonds, etc...
(You can also get vegetarian hallacas, but they dont taste the way it should. The real hallaca has beef-meat, pork and chicken... all together...)
That "thing" is folded into a rectangular shape; tied with "pabilo" (a string); and boiled for an hour.
It is presented, served, with part of the banana leaf on the bottom. Dont eat the banana leaf, it is not the "salad".
The hallaca is a mixture of flavors: salty, sweet, sour, etc.etc.etc... you dont have to be venezuelan to love it, but it requires that you develop the taste for it. it is very "different".
There is an expresion in Venezuela: "Las mejores hallacas son las que hace mi mama" = "The best hallacas are those that my mom makes".
In my case this doesnt applies: my mom doesnt cooks hallacas. It takes a lot of time to prepare them, and this is something that a family, a big family, does together in the begining of Xmas. 200 hallacas or more are prepared on one day, then placed at the refrigerator, and eaten during Xmas. Specially on the 24th and the 31st.
Favorite Dish: Is a Xmas venezuelan tradition. Xmas is not the same with out an hallaca. But you must eat it HOT.
Great with red wine (for those who like wine). I dont.
Well... it has been there since 1958 and is Venezuelan-well-known for the quality of their steaks and, also, poultries and fish. But forget it, if you are going to Lee Hamilton you must eat a juicy, tender, medium rare, bloody whatever piece of a cow you desire.
This is a men, bussiness men restaurant. They will go for lunch, at 1:30 pm lets say. Stop at the bar for half an hour or a pair of whikies. They will read the menu and order from the bar and, later, the maitre will come to tell them that their table is ready. Then... they might leave the place at 6pm or 7pm... You know: whiky, meat and bussiness.
I go once a year. Only when I feel extremely carnivorous. When I have this eating-a-cow urge. Once a year... Not more than that.
Favorite Dish: "Medallones de Lomito" (filet mignon). Tender, juicy, etc...
Now, warning. At Lee Hamilton they have awful spelling. The guy that writes the menu doesnt have much clue about other languages. So, pretending to be chick and glamorous, he will write: "Gordon Blu", "Estroganof", and something you have to read out loud to see if you come out with its meaning: "Fish a la Bon Fan"... Bon Fan... Bon Fan... "Bonne Femme"? "Bonne Faim"? Who knows!!!
Some day I'm going to tell them that this is ridiculous and will suggest that they write the whole thing in Spanish... They dont need funny names for their food. They have excellent dishes.
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.
Modern Asian cooking, the best in caracas, You cannot eat everything in a single sitting, so keep going back again after you taste it
Favorite Dish: Degustacion (house tasting): 6 diferent samples each one a difernt flavor (like a dim sam)
Pad thai gai : rise nodle with chicken and penut
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.
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!
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...
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.