First Taste of Cacao

Notable Chef Jefferson Alvarez originally from Venezuela, has been working in the Executive Chef role at several restaurants around the over the past several years, some of which included Fraiche as well as most recently Secret Location. Over the past year he did stints at Mosquito as well he ran several of his own pop-up dinners in different places around the city.

He recently partnered up with mother and daughter duo Marcela Ramirez and Andrea Ramirez, of Epicurean Caffe (located at 1898 West 1st Avenue), Alvarez is at the helm in the kitchen of this new Cacao Restaurant. By day Chef Alvarez runs a daily brunch serving up westcoast fare with a hint of Latin American. By night it is a full on Latin American menu that changes often and it’s full on Alvarez style.

The room is small with 30 seats, asides from the creative kitchen staff, Bartender Sergio Grandolfo has recently joined the ranks to serve up a stellar line-up of cocktails to match the wonderous cooking of Chef Alvarez.

Venezuelan Arepa

Wild Mushroom & Risotto

El Negroni Favorito

I have a tried a couple of dishes including the traditional Venezuelan Arepa stuffed corn cake with avocado, chicken and peas; and the Wild Mushroom & Risotto, locally foraged mushrooms risotto and parmigiano reggiano; along with the El Negroni Favorito.

Cacao is located at 1898 West First Ave in Kitsilano. You can reserve by calling 604-731-5370, follow them on twitter @cacaovancouver and on Instagram @cacaovancouver

By: Richard Wolak