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heavenly unusual chili rellenos at Forest Cafe...

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heavenly unusual chili rellenos at Forest Cafe...

Heathen & Spells | Aug 30, 2005 03:41 PM

the other night on the Forest Cafe's (Mass. Ave. bet Harvard & Porter Sqs., Cambridge) daily specials list their chili rellenos app. was simply splendid. It was a somewhat deconstructed version ( the pepper was not coated in batter and fried up)- in the description grilled vegetables were mentioned and I hesitated ordering imagining heavily charred and unsubtle vegies with this soothing Mexican treat but I needn't have worried: the soft pepper was filled with asiago cheese (I think or what ever the white sharp Mexican cheese is called), sour cream (not too much of, perfect amount of), the cheese all melted soothing and tangy, and perfectly toasted browned (grilled) corn kernels that were such a warming simple touch to the dish. It is the 3rd time that my other one and I have gone since Jim Fahey's return and we have been ecstatic and happy with each meal. He really seems to have come back with more confidence and inspiration: he is willing to do subtle with intense spicy flavours, and do more fan faves standards (burritos et al)- there is no attitude here at all just good food- he doesn't have anything to prove anymore- he simply knows how to work with this palette of flavours and simply prepares excellent, consistent heartwarming and piquant, intense and soothing fare all of his own. Each visit we've had something that knocked our socks off (I know it is summer and we weren't actually wearing socks, atleast I wasn't)- last time it was the jabenero soup with avacado cream, the 1st time just to be able to taste his food again and with his seeming new vigour and imagination and surehanded technique.

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