Move over arepas, there's a new Venezulan food export that is rocking the taste buds of Montreal. Cachitos, a traditional Venezuelan ham-filled rolled dough, is the next best Venezuelan thing, and can only be found at the aptly named 'Cachitos' in Montreal. Found on St. Catherine's just east of De Bullion, Cachitos is the only restaurant to specialize in cachitos in Montreal, and possibly the world.
Putting it simply, a cachitos is kind of like a Venezuelan calzone, only much lighter. Using a special rolled dough, cachitos are slightly sweet and are usually stuffed with ham and cheese. Taking this concept to the next level, Montreal's Cachitos makes 12 different styles of cachitos, ranging from sweet to savoury, and all of them are delicious.
Sticking to tradition, I had to try the basic ham and cheese cachitos to get a sense of the dish itself. Paired with authentic Venezuelan white cheese, the basic cachito was tasty but not too different from other types of stuffed meat buns. Same goes for the homemade chorizo variety. What really hooked me were the Guava-Cheese and Spinach Feta flavours. The former was the perfect balance between sweet and salty, while the latter was creamy, light, and definitely not lacking in cheesy flavour. All of the cachitos were airy and freshly baked with fresh ingredients, but the vegetarian varieties were the surprise stars of my tasting. Dip it in Cachito's addicting basil-mayo-ish house sauce, and you have a great meal on the go at a very affordable price.
Very much a bakery, Cachitos also has a large list of sweets to eat along with your savory cachitos. 'Guilt free' and fully sized passion fruit and lemon tarts, topped with a smooth meringue, are great choices. Cachito's Dulce de leche cupcakes taste like your eating baked butterscotch, which is a good thing, trust me. Alfajores (Argentinian cookies) are a favourite at Cachitos, but my favourite dessert goes to their Tres Leches. Available in single serving or for a crowd, the Tres Leche is delectably milky and sweet.
To go along with your cachito and dessert, Cachitos has a great list of specialty coffees. You can grab your standard espresso or latte, but why be boring? Try out Cachito's 'Bon Bon' espresso, sweetened with condensed milk, or a Triple Layer of Pleasure Cappuccino. All are brewed with a very low acid and quite sweet espresso bean (Parallel 49 ) and go great with the addition of condensed milk, or enjoyed as a solo espresso.
Come October 1st Cachitos will be selling its very special Holiday Bread, a log roll with ham, raisins, and olives. A unique combo which I'm sure will be delicious. With a 10% student discount, the already affordable baked goods of Cachitos are perfect for hungry students and foodies alike. Next time you're out on St. Cats, bypass the poutine and head to Cachitos for a better bite to eat.