After last week’s aborted attempt at dining at Mi Bolivia, we finally came here with some friends for lunch yesterday. The small dine-in Bolivian restaurant is located on 48th ave near 45th street.
The restaurant really focuses on the saltenas (Bolivian empanadas essentially), and sometimes that’s the only thing they’re actually serving (even though the menu is ostensibly very extensive, featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, as well as desserts).
Here are the famous saltenas, one beef and one chicken (those are the only two kinds available here). They go for only $2 each – it’s a great deal, as even just two can easily constitute a light lunch.
Our friend Alex demonstrates the proper procedure for consuming a saltena. The inside are filled not just with chunks of food, but also lots of very liquidy sauce. So if you just take a big bite, it’s going to spill out allover the place. The idea is to hold them vertically and take small bites starting from the top.
Here is a peek into the depths of the saltena. As you can see on the plate below, some of my sauce has already spiled out by this point.
This huge bowl of peanut soup is listed as “Sope de Mani” in Spanish on the menu and goes for $6. It’s a huge bowl, and as you can see they even throw entire french fries into the mix. I am not a fan of peanut-based foods, but others testify that this soup is really good.
Don’t order the salads at Mi Bolivia. They have an entire page in the menu with them, but the first two I tried to order were unavailable. I finally settled for this avocado salad, which is just a bland mix of avocados, tomatoes, and lettuce. And I really don’t understand the price – $6! I could have gotten 3 more of the delicious saltenas for that money.
This humita is only $3 Inside the wrapper is a steamed corn pudding with raisins and cheese . It was sweet and quite good.