Recently, we were invited to try Angel Falls Grill which is Perth’s first Venezuelan restaurant located in the heart of Perth CBD at Shafto Lane. Angel Falls have an extensive menu with exotic Venezuelan dishes such as arepas, cachapas, empanadas which are corn based and gluten free and not forgetting cuts of slow cooked meats. Angel Falls was born from Gilda and Sergio’s passion in Venezuelan food which started from their food stall in street markets in Maylands, Mount Hawthorn and Subiaco.
I’ve always wanted to try Venezuelan food and was very excited when I saw the invitation. We decided to try Angel Falls with Inex and Andrew from Inexology and Raymond and Cat (@perth_gram) who also received the same invitation. We started off our Venezuelan feast with a refreshing and fruity Sangria jar ($50) to share among the six of us.
It was hard deciding what to order from the menu because everything sounds good! From Gilda’s recommendations, she arranged a platter of a selection of entrees for us which consists of Empanadas, Arepas and Toston.
The mini empanadas are filled with shredded beef, shredded chicken with bacon and cheddar, shredded beef with black beans and feta and a tasty combination of cheddar and feta. I managed to try the cheddar and feta empanadas. The texture of the empanadas are light and crisp followed by a cheesy melt in your mouth filling.
There’s also arepas and tostons on our platter too. An arepa is a grilled or deep fried round flat bread made of 100% white corn. Toston is a South American green plantain with shredded beef, pork and chicken topped with guasacaca and feta cheese. I loved how the arepas and tostons are so flavourful with tender shredded meat on top. The icing on the cake for the empanadas, arepas and toston would be the AFG Venezuelan chilli kick sauce which will give you a chilli kick to your Venezuelan feast. It’s a must have for every dish!
We also had a platter of cachapas. A cachapa is a delicious pancake made of sweet corn kernels. The cachapa reminded me of tacos except the pancake is made from corn. I love the sweetness of the corn flavour from the pancake which complements well with the tender shredded meats. If you are not much of a meat person, the Cachapas comes in a lighter variety which is the Extra Greenie comprising of grilled eggplant, zucchini, pumpkin, roasted capsicum, sauteed mushrooms and feta cheese. There’s different toppings to cater for everyone’s taste whether you love your meats, cheese or choosing vegetarian.
For our mains, we decided to go for the Tepuy degustation suitable to be shared up to four people. The Tepuy degustation consists of 450gram of all cuts of beef such as the Lomito (tenderloim), Punta (rump), Solomo with morcilla, chorizo, ripe plantain, mini arepas, congri, and guasacaca sauce. The meats were very tender, juicy and cooked to perfection.
With some room left in our stomachs, we decided to order some desserts. Three of of us ordered the Three Milk cake (not pictured). The Three Milk cake is a Vanilla sponge cake soaked in a mixture of three types of milk and topped with meringue. Soaked in condensed milk, the three milk cake was very moist and delicious. It’s quite a large portion so it is advisable to share.
If you are full but not wanting to indulge in something hearty, there’s also a mini cake which you can order for dessert.
The other two desserts which we tried were the Quesillo, a typical Venezuelan caramel flan and the Fruity Cachapa, a delicious cachapa topped with sliced strawberries, banana, chocolate, and whipped cream. Both of these desserts are light in flaovur, making it perfect as a lighter option.
We really enjoyed Angel Falls Grill and we returned a few days after with my family for a second visit. The food was very consistent across both visits and we definitely did enjoy it again second time around. Come on the weekend and there is also live music to complement your Venezuelan feast. We highly recommend Angel Falls Grill for their exotic and authentic Venezuelan food, the ambience and friendly service.