I stopped by on Monday night for 2 small plates just to get a feel of the place.
Of course the service was struggling/slow on the first night, and the place was filled to the brim (it supposedly seats 20 diners). This is a very small place and it's amazing that they have a kitchen. There appeared to be a solo cook manning the helm, but we were seated at a window counter by the front door so take that with a grain of salt.
Since a. it was the first night, and b. it was packed. We decided to only order 2 things: a chicken salad arepa (aka. reina pepia, I think) and a salad. The salad itself was good, but it wasn't our first choice (which they were out of) and therefore I can't recall the name and the only memorable aspect of it was that there was some sweetly grilled chicken on it.
The arepa on the other hand was really tasty. Never having had Venezuelan cusine before, I cannot vouch for its authenticity. Basically this was like a venezuelan sandwich, but instead of wheat flour, the bread (arepa) is made with corn flour. It's almost reminiscient of a grilled corn muffin.
The space was not previously used as a restaurant, yet owner Andres Branger did a fabulous job making it seem as tho Orinoco had been there for years.
Located on Shawmut Ave at the corner of W. Concord.
the website below is just a simple splash page for now...