Venezuelan food is relatively unknown outside Venezuela, and even though this is changing and in the last few years many Venezuelans have opened different types of food businesses all across the globe, it's still hard to find in Ireland.
Unless, you know where to look.
Gathering information from social media (mostly Facebook) I compiled this list, which is a work in progress (please contact me if you'd like to be included or know something that should be noted). In here, I hope to help you find the different options that several Venezuelan cooks, entrepreneurs and bakers are making fresh in the emerald island.
Comida Venezolana Take Away
Description: Homemade vegan traditional Venezuelan cuisine. Especialises in typical menu (pabellon) with vegan mechada (shreded seasoned veggies).
Contact: 083 161 7125
Como en Casa Venezolana
Description: Seasonal Venezuelan food, especializes in Christmas food, in particular, hallacas (cornbread stuffed with beef and pork sweet & savory stew).
November and December only.
Contact: 083 457 1169
Sabanero Venezuelan Artisan Cheese
Description: Traditional Venezuelan-style hard and semi-hard white cheese and "suero" (salted buttermilk) made with natural ingredients in Galway. They also make ready to cook cachapas (sweet corn flat bread) dough.
Contact: 089 441 7292
Delivery: Meeting point in Dublin's City Centre, delivery can be arranged.
Sabor & Garlic
Description: Traditional and modern Venezuelan dishes, catering service. Made by Venezuelan chef Nestor Montes.
Contact: 085 281 9663
Delivery: Take Away (meeting point agreed).
Description: A mix of international food and Venezuelan specialities. Novelty and wedding cakes, traditional and gluten/sugar free sweets and confections. Catering and finger food (including tequeños a.k.a. Venezuelan cheese rolls).
Contact: 085 281 9663
Delivery: Take Away (meeting point agreed)
Description: Homemade cakes, novelty cakes, quesillo (flan), tres leches cake, arroz con leche (rice pudding). Also, Venezuelan-style finger food (including tequeños a.k.a. Venezuelan cheese rolls).
Contact: 083 193 0873
Delivery: Take Away, delivery can be arranged.
Al Punto Snacks
Description: Catering for events of all sizes. Venezuelan and Latin American style finger food, canapes and pastries.
Contact: 087 386 6683
Description: Venezuelan and South American style sweets, biscuits and confectionery. Especializes in dulce de leche (arequipe, cajeta, milk caramel spread).
Contact: 086 371 2096
Delivery: Can be arranged.
While compiling this list, I ran into another interesting food business, not exactly Venezuelan, but nearby (Brazil).
Description: Balanced, natural, protein rich ready to eat meals, especially created for people with active lifestyles.
Contact: 089 982 1038
More bonus points
Also, there are some Dublin based businesses with Venezuelans cooking, that have allowed them certain room for creativity, so you might find an occasional taste from home in the menu.
Sasha House Pettite: Cafe, deli and bakery where Eastern European and French influeces converge, and thanks to the pastry chef Nancy Dayana, you can find some Venezuelan and Latinoamerican style treats every now and then. Her eclairs have been praised by local experts, including a great review from Lovin Dublin.
KC Peaches (Nassau Street): Cafe and restaurant/wine cave, with an international mix of offers. Venezuelan chef David Ochoa is behind a Venezuelan Night where traditional food is served and paired with the restaurant's wines.
Finally, as I said in the beginning, this is a work in progress and, if you'd like to be included in the list (or know a business that it's not here and should be) please let me know!
A chef of pastry chef slowly sneaking Venezuelan recipes at your workplace's menu,
An entrepreneur trying to launch a product or selling it at farmers markets and through social media.
A person who simply loves cooking and sells some tasty, well made homemade goodies.
Please keep in touch. Venezuelan foodies in Ireland say hi!