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Review: Arepa Oz, Enmore

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / August 28, 2020

Feast on Sydney’s first completely gluten-free South American degustation in the heart of Enmore.

Fancy something different without giving up all of your health goals? This degustation provides an authentic culinary journey through South America right in the heart of the Inner West.

Located on the bustling Enmore Road, Arepa Oz is a cosy, casual eatery known for dishing up traditional South American street food and namely ‘arepas’ (which are delicious fried corn cakes, stuffed with a variety of fillings). 

Inspired by the easing of restrictions post-Covid, the co-founders wanted to create something different to get people excited about going out again. So the Monday night degustation offering was born. At just $50 per person, this dining experience is great value and provides the perfect chance to try a variety of flavours (all washed down with some Two Bays Brewing Co beers or a glass of house French wine).

To start, a deceivingly simple black bean soup. This small but hearty dish was creamy and wholesome and just what’s needed to whet your appetite and make you hungry for more.

Next up, traditional Venezualan raw corn tortillas topped with cheese crisps and guava jam. This bite-sized sweet and salty morsel keeps you interested for what’s to come and the pace of the service is nice and swift so it’s never too long a wait.

Following this is a carby tasting fried plantain topped with tuna ceviche which it’s also 100% gluten-free. While this is an unexpected way to serve ceviche, it’s an interesting twist on how this dish is typically served.

But make sure to leave room for our favourite dish of the night: Traditional Venezuelan lentils and alfalfa sprouts arepa topped with homemade chili mayo. This was creamy, decadent, hearty and morish.

Last but not least, the final savoury course was Abuelas Chicken Sofrito arepa with rocket and homemade garlic mayo. Vego subs for all meat and fish meals are also not a problem and they have some delish alternatives such as the black bean and feta arepa with homemade sweetcorn sauce.

To finish, it’s hard to beat a serve of hot churros with a decadent dulce de leche sauce and following this a little fried coconut macaroon is served which is a sweet bite size end to the meal.

The whole degustation dining experience is completed in about 1.5 hours so it’s a perfect casual Monday night evening out. So next time you’re not quite done with the weekend and looking to extend to the Monday, check out Arepa Oz for an authentic and hearty smorgasbord of flavours.

Find Arepa Oz at 147 Enmore Road, Enmore, with their 9-course South American degustation taking place every Monday night. To find out more and book your spot, click here. 

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