Located in the heart of the glitz and glam of Beverly Hills is a hidden Venezuelan gem that is serving up some of the most interesting and inexpensive food on Canon Drive. Coupa Café is the only restaurant outside Venezuela where patrons can enjoy the nation’s shade grown, handpicked, patio sun-dried, fair trade organic single estate Arabica coffee beans roasted in small batches. We’ve been enjoying some of their handcrafted beans at home and love it’s nutty, full bodied flavor. We were recently invited to come in and try their new menu of Pasapalos, or side dishes, featuring fresh white Venezuelan imported cheeses.
The new Pasapalos on the menu include savory Tequenos with Queso Paisa – fried white cheese sticks wrapped in flour dough served with homemade guava sauce; Mini Cachpas with Queso De Mano – mini corn griddle pancakes with Venezuelan nata (cream); Arepitas with Queso Guayanes – mini arepas wheat and gluten free griddled cornmeal served with guasacaca (a traditional Venezuelan sauce). Pasapalos are priced at $7.00 and are $5.00 during Happy Hour (4:00 PM – 7:00 PM every day).
We can’t wait to return and sample their full menu featuring an entire selection of international foods focused on the modern slow food movement. Including those savory Arepes filled various succulent meats like Mechada, a shredded beef stew with white cheese and sweet fried plantains. Other menu items include empanadas, paninis, salads, pizza, pasta, and crepes. They also have a full breakfast menu to go with that excellent cup of Venezuelan coffee. Or sip on a Frescolita, a Venezuelan cola similar to a cream soda. The wine list is small but impressive, with some great Malbec from Argentina featured. Coupa Cafe is open Sun-Sat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.