Feel like something has been missing from your life lately? More specifically, something cheesy, meaty and and full of avocado-y goodness? Well fret no more my friends, I have a joint to for you all to try out. Matute Arepa Bar is a little Venezuelan restaurant that almost blends into the surrounding buildings. I’m not sure what caught my eye the night that a girlfriend and I were looking for a bite to eat in Madrid, but I’m so glad that I noticed it.
We were pleasantly surprised upon entering that it was a cozy establishment full of young people chatting and happily eating away, with simple yet charming decorations on the wall. It’s one of those places that feel homey right when you walk in.
A very kind bartender served us a few cold ones as we awaited for a table to open up. We split some arepas to try along with tequeños and fried plantains, which was all delicious.
The arepas were definitely the star of the show, and the restaurant has a convenient little menu where you can see the descriptions each different arepa and later check off the boxes of the ones that you want. My favorite was the arepa pabellón, a scrumptious mix of black beans, meat, and cheese. You can taste and actually see that the arepas are fried fresh right in the kitchen, so you know the quality is good. Score!