Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Forest Grill, Birmingham

Totally enjoyed a late birthday lunch with my sister at Forest Grill in Birmingham. We ordered from the "stimulus package" lunch menu -- three courses for $15. (Dinner version is $30.)

Started with tomato bisque with puff pastry croute--piping hot, super flaky pastry, rich but light bisque. Entree was chicken paillard with aged balsamic vinegar topped with argula/bacon/asparagas, grilled onion salad--pefectly seasoned meat, homemade bacon smokey and assertive and wonderful baby greens. Dessert:chocolate flecked bread pudding w/ creme Anglaise and Tahitian vanilla ice cream and Juno rose to drink. Warm, professional service, sleek but comfortable space.

Will definitely go back, interesting menu and the "value" lunch was a real bargain given the quality of the cooking and the ingredients.

Update: Visited with four friends yesterday and ordered the grilled ham and cheese: black forest ham, gruyere cheese grilled on challa bread, lightly sauced with mornay. A big pile of good, crisp salty fries. $10. Again, very nice service, a great place to eat thoughtfully made food and enjoy friends.

Glad the chef, Brian Polcyn, got props on Bourdain's recent "No Reservations".

Forest Grill menus

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