Paradoxes achieve real-world perfection in the form of the bistro—a casual, yet elegant form of dining that manages not to unravel the very fabric of the space-time continuum or steal Michael J. Fox's pants. Dine in delectable contradiction with today's deal: for $28, you get $65 worth of Mediterranean and Latin fare at Dulces Latin Bistro, a Madrona eatery with an award-winning wine list.
Apply your visual cortex to the menu at Dulces before interfacing with an appetizer of prawns a la diabla, sautéed in butter with dried chilies and deglazed with a hint of orange ($13). The paella Valenciana, a Spanish favorite, combines steamy saffron-infused rice with chicken, fresh fish, bay shrimp, Spanish chorizo, prawns, clams, and mussels ( $24) to form a futuristic treaty among land, sea, and the alternate universe from which saffron derives. Savor a New World delicacy of sopa Azteca—a Mexican stew of boneless chicken breast, guajillo chilies, tortilla chips, and avocado simmered in a savory chicken stock ($21). If your teeth are morally opposed to grinding and ripping, let them romance the tender-braised pork shoulder with sage, lemon juice, white wine, and onions, pan-seared and served au jus with prosciutto ham, potatoes, and olives ($22). Plaid-clad rabbit hunters can enjoy no-fuss game in the ragout de lapin––braised rabbit in a white wine-rosemary sauce with caramelized onions, rigatoni, and parmesan ($23).
The massively multi-bottled wine list of Dulces Latin Bistro offers a limited selection of by-the-glass wines ($7–$8) and an excellent selection of half bottles ($16–$48), helping diners round out their bistro experience in oenophilic fashion. Share a glass with a friend or split a bottle amongst a group of your favorite spouses with today's Groupon.
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In 2008 and 2009, Dulces Latin Bistro won the Award of Ultimate Distinction from Wine Enthusiast magazine. Open Table reviewers give Dulces a four-star average. Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars and 75% of Urbanspooners like it.
- Eclectic good menu full of non-standard fare (I had the rabbit). Food was perfectly cooked and the service was friendly and professional. A place to check out in Madrona. – Open Table user who dined on 5/14/2010
- We have dined at Dulces a number of time and it is always great. We had great food and great service -- and wine was great, too. The atmosphere is relaxed but civilized, the service attentive. I highly recommend it! – Open Table user who dined on 6/19/2010
Dulces Bistro & Wine
In 1992, restaurant owner Carlos Kainz and chef Julie Guerrero first joined forces to open a tiny West Seattle bakery and café, a spot that quickly gained traction and outgrow its modest trappings. The duo packed up the winning operation and moved on to a larger space and a larger vision, renaming their venture Dulces Bistro & Wine and crafting an ambitious menu focusing entirely on Latin-fusion cuisine for dinner. Although Guerrero traces her family heritage back to Mexico, many of her dishes, including paella valenciana and boeuf bourguignon, show strong European influences. Unadulterated Latin staples pepper the menu, such as the green chicken enchiladas that serve as a staple in Mexico City and at Sam I Am’s Cinco de Mayo parties.