In a tour carried out by the team of SuchWhich In different parts of the city, it was observed that the price range of a well-resolved Christmas dish costs between $7 and $22. That means that a Venezuelan needs at least two minimum wages to be able to pay it, since currently the income, valued at 130 bolivars, is equivalent to about $3.67
The Christmas season is approaching and with it the sales of the Christmas dish in food establishments in Caracas. Since the end of October, the menus have included hallacas. Prices vary not only by the area where the restaurant is located, but also depending on what the diner wants to include in their dish.
In restaurants, the Christmas dish generally composed of a hallaca, a slice of ham bread, pernil and chicken salad, also adjusts to the customers’ possibilities. In some cases, so that the Christmas taste does not affect the pocket so much, they offer it without ham; In other cases, only the hallaca or a bun is offered.
On a tour made by the team of SuchWhich In different parts of the city, it was observed that the price range of a well-resolved Christmas dish costs between $7 and $22. That means that a Venezuelan needs at least two minimum wages to be able to pay it, since currently the income, valued at 130 bolivars, is equivalent to about $3.67. And the further east of the capital you eat, the more money is required.
Other options range from one to two dollars, but it is not the main dish that you are used to seeing.
At the Vía Appia restaurant, located on the main avenue of La Castellana, in Chacao, the Christmas dish costs $21.05. Affording it would imply saving at least six minimum salaries. But they also give other options: a single hallaca costs $8.93; half a loaf of ham $16.59; between 2 to 3 servings of pernil $12.76; and 150 grams of chicken salad $6.70. None of the products they sell there, even in small portions, could be paid for with a single minimum wage.
In the Canel restaurant chain, based in El Rosal, Las Mercedes, La Florida and La Castellana, the price of the dish is $14.99. This comes with two slices of ham bread.
In this place, the individual hallaca is sold for $7 and the complete bread costs $14.99.
They also have Christmas punch for sale, which costs $13.99.
At Pollos Mario, located in La Urbina, they offer two promotions: the first comes with hallaca, chicken salad and two pieces of ham bread. The second includes all of the above plus a piece of pork. Their prices are $6.99 and $8.99, respectively. Plus, for a dollar more you can add a dessert, a drink and a small soup.
Pollos Riviera, which is an ally of Pollos Mario, has a similar dish on its menu but it costs a dollar more.
Towards Candelaria, at Casa Bermeo, there are two options. One for $7 and another for $8. The first does not include pork, the other does, and its respective sauce.
And as is customary, the center of Caracas is where the cheapest option is. On the corner of Marrón and Las Madrices, right on the boulevard that connects with the Caracas Cathedral, the street stall El Shadday has the best offer, at $2. Of course, in this dish the ham bread is replaced by a slice of sandwich bread or a piece of shin; the chicken salad does not have chicken, it only has vegetables; and the pork is not part of the dish. The protagonist is the hallaca “princess XXXL.”
El Shadday competes with another food tarantín that is in La Hoyada, at the exit of the Industrial Bank. With a small table and a wine cellar, they stop there to sell Christmas buns for one dollar. They are the same ones who offer their dish throughout the year, without needing to inaugurate the holiday season.
Last year, the Christmas basket—made up of 50 hallacas, two loaves of ham, two ham, two panettones, chicken salad, dulce de leche and Christmas fruits—cost $437; 53.20 dollars more than in 2021. The Center for Documentation and Social Analysis of the Venezuelan Federation of Teachers (Cendas-FVM) calculated at that time that a Venezuelan needed 36 minimum wages to buy it. This year the measurement has not yet been made, but Venezuelans are adjusting their budget to taste at least one Christmas dish or a hallaca.
Next SuchWhich It shows you a comparison of those prices, according to a tour it took.
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