Restaurateurs Gabriel and Jose-Luis Gonzalez have officially launched CARACAS, a new casual dining concept bringing the vibrant flavours of their home country, Venezuela, to the UK.
Named after the capital city, CARACAS will open this October in Westfield London in White City.
The menu, designed by the brothers, will focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients showcasing the best of Venezuelan cuisine.
A signature item on the menu at CARACAS will be the arepa – a flat, dish shaped cornbread stuffed with a variety of high-quality, flavourful fillings including shredded chicken with avocado, braised beef with cheese, braised beef with black beans and plantain plus a variety of vegan and vegetarian options.
Inspired by the popular arepa bars across Venezuela, CARACAS aims to recreate the fun, comforting and casual spirit of these bustling social hubs in the UK.
CARACAS will be the first Venezuelan venture for the duo, who began their culinary journey in 2012 with the launch of Peruvian restaurant Lima London in Fitzrovia.
Lima introduced new South American ingredients and dishes to the London dining scene, becoming one of the capital’s leading Peruvian restaurants.
Following on from this success, Gabriel and Jose-Luis launched Covent Garden’s Floral by Lima in 2014 which brought a contemporary twist to traditional Peruvian cuisine.
Gabriel stated: “Jose-Luis and I are so excited to be bringing a taste of Venezuela to the UK with the launch of CARACAS. We’re so proud to come from a country with such a rich food culture and can’t wait to introduce dishes from our childhood to visitors to Westfield London – both Londoners and tourists alike. Venezuelan cuisine is increasing in popularity and we hope to see it embraced by the city we love.”
CARACAS will be located at Westfield’s new Balcony Court Café. The shopping centre attracts 31 million visitors a year.