we have gone to this small, neighborhood restaurant many times in the past having seen several ownership changes. The most recent occurred a few weeks ago when the chef from Colombia purchased the restaurant and has started making some favorable changes.
The menu for the last several years featured Eastern Europe dishes with a Russian flair; flavorful but rather heavy in preparation. With changes in chefs the food had gone from wonderful to average thru the last several years.
Giving it a try on a cold mid-week night we were pleasantly greeted and noticed a shift away from the heavier items prevalent on the menu. The prices have also eased a bit making Bistro 45 a very good value for quality and quantity.
We dabbled in different appetizers, coconut shrimp, empanadas with a Colombian flair, Caesar salad and for entrees fish and lamb shank. All were flavorful, served immediately and left us thinking when we would return to try many of the other menu items. Our pleasant server was attentive and helpful with the details; the menu is new; there was one Colombian item (Montineiro sp.) that debuted the evening we arrived not yet known to the servers.
Overall a good neighborhood find (again) that is a fine choice to avoid the local, basic fare served nearby.