The taste of Venezuela – Macaibo

Gluten free, lactose free, handmade, delicious. Those are all adjectives describing the Arepas at Macaibo. They are served in vegan and vegetarian versions, but also with meat or fish. They make the Arepas from a family recipe since the end of 2016.

But what exactly is an Arepa?

Arepa is a type of food made of ground maize dough or cooked flour prominent in the cuisine of Venezuela. It is eaten daily in those countries and can be served with accompaniments such as cuajada (fermented milk) or avocado, or split to make sandwiches. Sizes, maize types, and added ingredients vary its preparation.

macaibo arepasI had an Arepa with tuna salad for 3,80€ and one Arepa with chicken and avocado for 4,50€. When you order two Arepas you get 50ct off. With every order you get 3 sauces, from which you can put as much as you like on your Arepa. One sauce is a herb mayo, one is a cilantro-sauce and one a spicy-fruity sauce.

Next to the popular lemonades from Fritz-Kola and Anjola they also make fresh juices at the Macaibo. One glass of fresh juice costs 3,80€. During my first visit I tried the Mango juice (pciture on the left) and during my second visit I had the guava juice (picture underneath), I can recommend both. I never had anything with guava before, but I will definitely have it again.

Macaibo starters

The starters are gluten free as well.* They have yuca sticks, those are kinds of fries, but made from manioc root. Slightly sweet, but not as sweet as sweet potato fries they’re a delight. A portion costs 3,50€.

Plantains-baskets are another starter that tastes just brilliant. They are filled with the same stuffing as the Arepas and you can pick up to 3 different fillings per portion. One portion with three baskets costs 4,20€.
*the cheese  sticks aren’t gluten free, but they are produced somewhere else and fried separated

macaibo tonka sticks  macaibo Plantains-baskets

You can find the entire menu of the Macaibo to order for takeaway at deliveroo!

Macaibo  –  the taste of venezuela
Holstenstraße 185
22765 Hamburg

approach: S-Bahn Holstenstraße oder Bushaltestelle Max-Brauer-Allee Mitte

tel: 040 – 43 19 09 90

opening hours
Mon. – Fri:
11:30am – 9pm
Sat: 2pm – 9pm

If you’ve been here before or you go here soon, I would be delighted when you leave a comment.

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