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“Excellent eating in the most surprising setting”
Review of La Casa de Esther

La Casa de Esther
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Venezuelan
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 11 October 2014

Some friends took me there during a recent visit to Margarita and I was expecting the usual fried fish and arepas type of experience so I was surprised by this unusual exposure to culinary excellence in the middle of nowhere. The place is located in an old house in a small town called Pedro Gonzales in Margarita Island in the convoluted country of Venezuela. Décor is as cool as cool can be and it is an eclectic mixture of everything old; keys, phonographs, cameras, furniture, advertising signs, tools, paintings, sculptures....you name it. There is no air conditioned but there will be a breeze blowing most of the time so your comfort is never in jeopardy. Esther greets you and never stops talking from then on....but in a good way. She is friendly, witty, gregarious and funny. She also knows her business. When we asked if she had a menu she said that yes, of course but she could only cook what she could find in Margarita which is limited due to shortages in just about everything food. She then recites the menu with the poise and charm of a seasoned bistro owner...standing ovation, please. For starter we had stuffed aji dulce which was superb and then I had the fish filet with a white sauce filled with different kinds of roe, including sea urchin....absolutely fantastic. Esther does not have a liquor license so you can take your wine, beer or hard liquor with you and she will provide glasses, ice and everything else you might need, charging a very small amount for the service. Hugs and kisses were in order when we left about three hours after we got there. The place is not that big so reservations are always a good idea. Why you would want to go to Margarita is beyond my comprehension but if you do, eating at Casa de Esther is a must.

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6  Thank AJS-NY
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Reviewed 27 August 2014

As the owner dictates what she has in store to eat each day (not open at night) you might think, ohoh what am I doing here? I have nothing to eat? Weird, mixes weird fusion what can I say just taste it and you will be pleasantly surprised! Don't ever say no this can' be, it souds horrible, just "try it" you will love it!!!

3  Thank Salomon M
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

In a very small village in Margarita Island.
In a very nice old hous with "patio".
You fell there like a friend had invited you for a meal.
Esther, the owner and the chef of the restaurant is the more friendly person you can find helping you in all.
She cooks, she serve the tables, she advise you about everything you may want to know.
She is involved in a group of chef that are woerking in innovetion in venezuelan cuisine. She allso teaches at the tourisem school.
She uses the traditional items availeble arround and creats amazing convinations of flavors.
If you are in Margarita do'nt miss this place.
Nice music aswell.

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1  Thank EmiliaR50
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

The owner of this Kitchen is a student of local cuisine using international techniques, Carmen has staged newspaper reviews. I would spoil your experience if I tell you more. Just go.
My only recommendation is to book in advance, use a rented car to go there, try to go early in the evening as driving conditions are not so good to get back to your accomodation during the night (poor lighting).

The food was amazing!

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1  Thank CEMF13
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Reviewed 13 November 2013 via mobile

This restaurant well away from margaritas capital city is well worth the visit ! All dishes are made from local ingredients, and esther's personal touch makes this one of the most exotic restaurants I've ever visited.. The service is truly amazing! They make you feel like family! A hammock to rest after the food.. very very reasonable price, you won't believe it! The experience is really worth it

Thank Bellcell
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