I'd been dreaming for a year about the Venezuelan quesillo at Arepa Cafe. Since tasting it for the first time while in Toronto for last year's conference, it has become my favourite dessert in the world. It's a melt-in-your-mouth cross between cheesecake and flan--just lightly cheesy enough with a burnt sugar taste in the caramel-like top layer.
|sugar cane lemonade at Arepa Cafe|
I had the black bean, avocado, cheese and plantain arepa. The mais flatbread reminds me of my southern mama's hot water cornbread, while the combination of blackbeans and sweet plantain was slightly reminiscent of Japanese mochi filled with sweetened adzuki beans.
|black bean, avocado, cheese, plantain arepa with side of slaw|
A wonderful contrast to my lunchtime dining experience at Burgers n Bistro, the service at Arepa can't be beat. Staff there show that they truly care about your every need and preference. Prices are in keeping with a modest cafe, making the menu very accessible to those on a budget.
The next time you're in the area, do check it out!