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“Great South American/Caribbean Food”

Pasion Latin Fusion Restaurant
Ranked #407 of 1,802 Restaurants in Albuquerque
Price range: $6 - $25
Cuisines: Latin
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 8th St. NW
Transit: Bus Line
Reviewed February 1, 2013

We recently had a great dinner at Pasion Latin Fusion and will be back. Even our four year old loved her Quesadilla and white rice (substituted for fries.) My wife and I split the fish tacos and the carnitas tacos with the black beans and rice and the esquite (a corn, mayo, cream, cheese, and red pepper mixtures served in its own broth...yes try it!!) We couldn't have been more pleased. The fish was perfectly fried - not too oily - and the cabbage and chipotle sauce was a perfect compliment to the dish and the carnitas were extremely tender and full of flavor. I ordered a mojito which is made with a rum wine (they only have a beer and wine license...no liquor) and it had the perfect balance of mint and sugar. We will be back and we will be telling our friends. A restaurant whose plain exterior does not reflect the interior's cozy environment and delicious food. I recommend Pasion Latin Fusion when another night of going out for "Mexican" food in Albuquerque gets old.

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MBencomo, Owner at Pasion Latin Fusion Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2014

Thank you for an amazing and detailed review! We are glad you enjoyed your visit, and would love to have you back in. We've made many wonderful changes we think your family would love!

Best wishes,

Elvis and Monica Bencomo

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Tasty, creative food served in satisfying, but not overwhelming portions. The dining room was visibly smoky (we thought from the kitchen, not the ventilated heating stoves), but otherwise a nice ambiance. Prices are good. Menu is simple with nice variety, including several veg options. The booths looked more romantic than tables. Service team very nice.

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Thank Lenny S
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MBencomo, Owner at Pasion Latin Fusion Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2014

We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience at Pasion. We'd love to have you back in! We have a brand new decor and menu!

Elvis and Monica Bencomo

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Great find along Lomas in Downtown Albuquerque. Really good menu and good service. Depending on the degree of heat you enjoy be sure to ask the waitress for suggestions. Truly creative dishes prepared by the owner. I would recommend that they shrink the menu a tad and add indicator as to the level of hotness in the dish.

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Thank Redland
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MBencomo, Owner at Pasion Latin Fusion Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to review Pasion. We loved to hear you enjoyed your visit, and would love to have you back in! We've made many changes, including shrinking the menu down a bit, that we think you'd really enjoy!

Best,

Monica and Elvis Bencomo

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Reviewed December 26, 2012

This food was very tasty and authentic! We started with a homemade pina colada - so refreshing, not too sweet or strong - just right. For the main course I had the 1/4 chicken with this amazing side made of potatoes, platanos, and other ingredients I cannot recall at the moment. And seasoned just right!
We ended with the peruvian donuts. They were to die for!

It's not in an area where there are other restaurants, so you might pass it by on Lomas.
I'm going back to Pasion as soon as possible! Great food, great service, and we even got to meet the chef! :)

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Thank LareinaSF93
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MBencomo, Owner at Pasion Latin Fusion Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2014

Thank you for this review! We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your food, service, and drinks. Come back and see us anytime!

Best regards,

Elvis and Monica Bencomo

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Reviewed December 14, 2012

Pasion is a would-be Latin fusion restaurant and bar in a dumpy little cinder block building decorated with lots of red inside, I guess to make it seem "passionate". The food is not terrible, but it's not that good either. The same couple of muddy flavors turn up in everything and nothing tastes very fresh. The pricing is weird: an exorbitant $9.25 for two tiny empanadas, a very reasonable $10 for kind of dry fish tacos, and an OK $10.75 for a big hamburger drowning in mayo on a huge, inedibly hard "brioche" roll. I guess they're trying to have a kind of a singles bar scene going on there, so maybe the food is secondary. I'd say the best thing is probably the rice and beans which are sort of soupy with big chunks of smoked sausage. We went with a Groupon and, with that, it was an OK deal, but I don't think I'd go back.

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Thank nabq
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MBencomo, Owner at Pasion Latin Fusion Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2014

Hi there,

We appreciate your feedback! We have made major changes to our decor, menu, and service and would love the opportunity to serve you again! There are many things you may enjoy on our new menu, but I recommend trying the Robert Irvine Cubano!

Thank you,

Elvis and Monica Bencomo

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