El Maiz

Time Out Malaysia Kids - - Eating Out -

A wel­come ad­di­tion to the grow­ing num­ber of global eater­ies in KL, El Maiz spe­cialises in typ­i­cal Venezue­lan cui­sine and of­fers dishes unique to this Latin Amer­i­can na­tion.

Start the meal with the aji­aco, a Latin Amer­i­can take on the clas­sic chicken soup, and a starter plat­ter of mini arepas (maize bread), tequeños (cheese sticks) and em­panadas (stuffed pas­try). Try the to­stones, fried plan­tain ac­com­pa­nied by ten­der pulled beef and guasacaca (green sauce). The com­bi­na­tion may sound odd, but it to­tally works with the rich­ness of the beef en­hanced by the mild sweet­ness of the banana.

Arepas are typ­i­cally eaten for break­fast and is ba­si­cally corn bread; at El Maiz you can have arepas stuffed with a va­ri­ety of fill­ings all day. For more tra­di­tional fare, order the pa­bel­lón criollo (a rice dish rem­i­nis­cent of ren­dang) and asado ne­gro (Venezue­lan meat stew). End the meal with a slice of tres leches cake. There’s also a small play area for the lit­tle ones, which is al­ways wel­come when din­ing as a fam­ily.

A-G-2, Me­nara Am­pleWest, 6 Jalan Pun­cak, KL (03 2022 2173/fb.com/el­maizvenezue­lan­cu­sine). Mon-Sat, 10am-3pm, 5-9pm; Sun, 9am-3pm.

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