SquareMeal Review of
Arepa & Co Haggerston
This Venezuelan eatery on Regent’s Canal is ideal for those after something a bit different for a quick bite to eat. Arepa refers to the house cornbread which makes the surround for hefty sandwiches, while cachapas (sweet corn-based pancakes) are also on offer. Fillings include Pabellón (shredded beef, black beans, plantains and cheese) and Jardinera, a combination of roast vegetables and goats’ cheese. Start with cassava fingers with garlic and parsley sauce or green plantains with shredded beef and guacamole, and finish with little pastries filled with melted chocolate and served with ice cream. Enthusiastic staff are keen for all comers to try their Venezuelan Santa Teresa rum, which they’re happy to serve neat or disguised in cocktails. Most people find one is not enough. You have been warned.