One of Detroit’s newest eateries Bolero Latin Cuisine debuted with a flourish over the weekend in the Midtown neighborhood. The restaurant from the people behind longtime downtown resident Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine aims to bring South American flavors to a previously underutilized space in one of the city’s densest food areas.
Since taking over the space last spring, Bolero’s owner Vicente Vazquez and chef Roberto Caceres have brought a refined maturity to the former highly casual Mid City Grill space at 51 W. Forest Ave. Dark woodwork is found throughout the dining room and bar areas, juxtaposed with white textured stone walls and light gray upholstered booth seating. Bronze rectangular fixtures cast soft light around the restaurant. Amongst all of these details is an dramatic high-definition wallpaper backdrop of tango dancers in the dining room.
Bolero seats roughly 150 diners inside but expects to add another 30 seats on the patio in the spring.
Customers at Bolero can expect to see a variety of dishes such as Peruvian ceviche (seafood cured in citrus juices) Argentinian entraña de novillo (grilled skirt steak with chimichurri sauce) on chef Caceres’ menu. The restaurant also offers a selection of tapas such as duck empanadas and picanha (herb-marinated top sirloin cap steak). During lunch, the restaurant trades Spanish paella for a selection of sandwiches.
From the bar, expect a range of cocktails such as Peruvian pisco alongside Vicente’s signature mojitos. The restaurant also specializes in Argentinian and Chilean wines.
Eater’s photographers Chris and Michelle Gerard visited Bolero last week ahead of the Noel Night opening. The restaurant is now open daily for lunch and dinner. Take a peek around the stunning new space in the gallery below.
Bolero is located at 51 W Forest Ave. in Detroit; the restaurant opens from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Website. 313-800-5059.
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