Before chef Dana Rodriguez served a room full of food reporters and editors the dishes she and chef Vicente Sosa created for their new restaurant, she had a few things to say.
Mainly, “I don’t fuck around with food.”
Que Bueno Suerte, 1518 S. Pearl St., represents a second life for Westminster’s Que Bueno, which was pushed out by development. Much of the Mayan-themed artwork came from that restaurant.
But with new digs on South Pearl Street comes a new flavor. Directed by Work & Class’ Rodriguez as consulting chef and Sosa as executive chef, Que Bueno Suerte’s kitchen will be turning out upscale Mexican cuisine mixed with a variety of other Latin American styles.
Here’s a bit of what the menu has to offer:
Piña Colada Invierno
Flor de Caña, Kalani coconut, simple syrup, house nutmeg-coconut cream and pineapple.
Taco de barbacoa de borrego
Guajillo pepper-steamed lamb neck and cheek with radish-cilantro-red onion salad.
Mezcal-braised pork belly, white bean purée, charred onion broth, molcajete salsa and cilantro.
Pulpo a la parrilla
Grilled citrus-garlic Spanish octopus and huitlacoche butter sauce.
Ensalada de palmitos
Heart of palm, watercress, grapefruit, grilled shoshito pepper, spicy pepitas and grapefruit vinaigrette.
Achiote roasted chicken, habanero-tomato sofrito and pickled red onion.
Faisan a la pibil
Achiote pan-roasted pheasant, epazote black bean purée, grilled cactus-jicama salad and achiote pan jus.
Pastel de cuatro leches
Four-milk cake, pineapple sauce and brûléed merengue.
Que Bueno Suerte opens for dinner and late-night Sunday, Dec. 11. Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Lunch and brunch hours will come later.