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Venezuelan Food (Cachapas -- Where Have You Been All My Life?)


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Venezuelan Food (Cachapas -- Where Have You Been All My Life?)

Dave Feldman | Jan 1, 2000 10:22 PM

Based on a suggestion by Michael on this board, a friend and I went to the Venezuelan restaurant between 9th and 10th on First Ave. As Michael warned, it was highly inconsistent. The ceviche (shrimp only) was the worst I can ever remember; the cauliflower and mango salad uninspired. My friend's arroz con pollo was relatively uninspired although, come to think of it, she scarfed the huge portion down.

But the absolute standout was the cachapa con queso, a sweet pancake with a commanding corn flavor. Definitely worth eating here if only for this dish. A few questions:

1. Is this dish specifically Venezuelan?
2. What is it sweetened with?
3. Any other places that serve them?

The cheese on top of the cachapas ranged from refrigerator cold to warm. This kind of inattention to detail is typical of the restaurant, and yet I found the place endearing, with caring and helpful but slow service.

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