Miss Arepa restaurant serves authentic Venezuelan dishes | News, Sports, Jobs
HONOKOWAI – The eclectic mix of our island dining scene has been enriched by the recent addition of the authentic taste of Venezuela at Miss Arepa in Honokowai.
Partners Wilson Vera Contreras and Gabrielle Vasile opened the doors to their smart kitchen at 3600 Lower Honoapiilani Road two months ago in the 5A mall.
“Recalling our rich Spanish, West African and Latin American heritage, the menu is a pleasant reminder of my mother’s traditional culinary expertise,” Contreras, the Venezuelan native, was boasting.
“We want to share a variety of culturally diverse tastes of Venezuela”, Gabrielle advised, “with the arepa.”
Arepa is one of the most popular pre-Hispanic foods still on the table for breakfast, lunch and dinner across the country and in all socio-economic groups.
Multipurpose Cornmeal Cake is made from ground corn dough or precooked corn flour. Resembling an English muffin or a pita, the arepa is full of surprising flavors. The sheer number of savory options is a testament to Miss Arepa’s imagination, with selections made to pique the taste buds with every bite.
Some of the arepa on the menu include Reina Pepiada, grated chicken mixed with avocado; Domino, black beans and grated cheese; Rompe colchon (Break the Mattress), seafood mix with garlic and tomato; Pescado, grated mahi mahi, garlic, onion and tomato; and Carne Asada, juicy grilled steak and homemade chimichurri.
Pabellon bowls are popular choices called “Perfect meal”. The base is white rice, black bean queso fresco (or coconut cheese), and fried plantains.
“Build your own bowl” is the challenge when ordering this national dish with so much homemade protein available.
Other cultural dishes not to be overlooked are the Cachapa, a Venezuelan pancake filled with fresh mozzarella or vegetable cheese. The Patacon Sandwich is a tempting offering of lettuce, tomato, avocado, and fresh mozzarella placed between two crispy fried plantains.
Yuca Fries comes highly recommended. Crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside, it’s served with a good serving of fresh, homemade Venezuelan salsa.
The dishes pair perfectly with the tropical non-alcoholic specialties that will delight even the thirstiest of customers on a hot Hawaiian day.
Gabrielle and Wilson have embraced the concept of casual street fast food and Venezuelan dining at its best. It’s fresh, clean and tastefully appetizing.
The facility can accommodate 21 in total, indoors and outdoors. It is open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Prices range reasonably from $ 3 to $ 16.
For more information, visit www.missarepamaui.com, call (808) 793-0074, or stop by to experience the latest flavors of Maui at the island’s first Venezuelan restaurant at 5A Retail Center in Honokowai. They are open seven days a week.