This is a sad story about Whitey, a sweet little Irish girl from Westmount who is one of the pickiest eaters that we know. She doesn’t eat seafood but she pretends that she’s allergic, she doesn’t really like meat besides chicken and beef. We use to go out for a nice piece of pizza, simple Italian food was Whitey’s go-to … until darling Whitey was diagnosed with Celiac disease. A disease where she cannot digest gluten, one that’s more severe than gluten intolerance. We have no idea how we stayed friends with her after that!
Whitey discovered a gluten free Venezuelan restaurant to avoid cross contamination. And because we are such good friends, a bunch including Sensei and Peaches came along to try it out. Latin American food is generally gluten free, since their tortillas are made of corn and their culture doesn’t use much white flour like Italians with their delicious pasta and pizza. But this place advertised that they were gluten free and they even had vegan and vegetarian options for those so inclined!
We felt like a bunch of hippies in this alcohol free little hole in the wall restaurant in the Plateau. We started with cassava chips, made from cassava roots, in an avocado sauce. The avocado sauce, called guasacaca, was not like guacamole, instead it was runnier and creamier. Guasacaca is a combination of avocado, parsley, coriander, garlic, pepper, onion, and oil and vinegar that’s pulsed in a blender to make a sauce that’s creamy in texture.
We can never resist a plate of queso. Though our favourite South American queso is a melted creamy yellow cheese that we devour with tons of tortilla chips,. The queso at Arepera was not what we were expecting but very interesting nonetheless. Squeaky in texture, the queso at Arepera is similar to a light feta that was a touch more watery and less potent than Greek feta. This too came with a side of that guasacaca (avocado sauce) that we now love!
The menu was basically broken up into plates and sandwiches. Whitey opted for the shredded chicken cooked in tomato sauce that was pulled pork like in tenderness and texture. All of these plates came with a plate of rice, black beans, a feta-like queso, and the most delectable plantains. The white and black beans needed some pizzazz, they were just very plain. We were thankfully given a bottle of their homemade avocado sauce, so we doused everything.
The meat was delicious, another friend had the same platter but with smoked pork chops that were salty but incredible. The meat was very delicious and once again we were in love with the plantains that were roasted and full of flavour. We should have ordered another side of plantains, they were that good! Again most of the rice and black beans remained untouched.
Our favourite of the night was the La Sureña sandwich, and that’s exactly what we would return to Arepera for. Better than their plates, we chose the sandwich with their signature pork roast that was tossed with an avocado salad in a delicious dense gluten free bread. The word arepera means this specific type of sandwich made in their delicious dense gluten-free bread. This little Venezuelan sandwich is what Arepera is known for. And we would definitely return and have one of these sandwiches again, with a side of plantains and cassava chips in avocado sauce. Delish!
Our Rating: As Expected
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