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Jul 24, 2012 07:46 PM

Oaxacan Prix fixe meal at ole on Sunday, worthwhile?

I saw Ole is doing a special on Sunday with Oaxacan cuisine which I have heard a lot of good things said about it. I havent gone to Ole so I don't have the experience to know if this will be great good or a let down. Any regulars or past diners want to give an opinion?
And no I am not trying to advertise but trying to figure whether I should reserve a table...

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  1. Judging by my handful of experiences there eating from the normal menu, I'd recommend passing.

    1. I live near Ole, and would sometimes stop in and then regret it. On my last visit (about a week ago) I saw they had recently revamped their menu, and I was very pleasantly surprised. They got rid of a lot of dishes and seem to be focusing on doing a better job with less- always a good move by a restaurant in my book. I had the tampiqueña, and my wife had the chiles rellenos. The chiles were especially good- roasted, not fried, with delicious moist fillings.

      I think they are worth a revisit if you have been disappointed in the past. Most of the good Mexican I've had in Boston has been in dives (in the best way- I love dives!) so it's nice to have a good option for when you want something a little fancier.

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      1. re: bobot

        there is also the point that this is not a meal by the regualr chefs there but by a guest chef specialised in this cuisine. seeing we have been wanting to try this style and it isn't extortionate ($40 pp) we decided to take a chance, I will try to report back Monday.
        'Chef Pilar Cabrero is the gold standard when it comes to true Oaxacan cusine. It’s been said that Oaxaca is to Mexican food lovers and cooks perhaps what Florence is to art aficionados. Those interested in taking a true culinary journey that will span the vibrant rich and spicy, to the rich smokey and often complex flavors of Oaxaca will love this dinner. This dinner will be held at Olé Mexican Grill in Cambridge, MA. '

        1. re: Janeinma

          If the dinner is being done by a guest chef, I don't really understand how feedback about others' past experiences at Ole would be useful or informative. It does sound like an interesting event, though - if you do a little googling there are some rave reviews on various food blogs for similar dinners in the past couple of years with this chef.

          1. re: Janeinma

            Looking forward to hearing how it is!

          2. re: bobot

            i will try it again; i think that Slim MC also said some nice things about them. And i really do like Mexican food.

          3. This will sound weird, but have found this to be a really great place for pro forma dinners with casual acquaintances & very distant relatives! There's a warmth & vibrancy about the place - that includes the service - that Aside from the guacamole, salsa & maragitas, not a big fan of the food. Of course, if you start off with these things, what comes later hardly matters! To sum up, we never go there for the food alone. Also, we live blocks away...

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            1. re: pocketviking

              That's damnation with faint praise if ever I heard it... particularly on Chowhound, which is, after all, about the food.

              1. re: StriperGuy

                You raise a great point: Does the same food taste better in a moonlit taverna on a perfect night than it does in an underground bunker with incoming fire? If so, then maybe one is not a Hound. Entirely possible!

                1. re: pocketviking

                  Olive Garden at the top of the Eiffel Tower is still Olive Garden. But the view is great!

                  1. re: hckybg

                    Ouch! Just saying that there are reasons some places roll on and on even if their food's not the best.

                    1. re: pocketviking

                      Oh I agree, just having fun. But I seriously can't believe they put an Olive Garden at the top of the Eiffel Tower.

                    2. re: hckybg

                      But it would be probably the most romantic Olive Garden you've ever experienced.

                        1. re: Bob Dobalina

                          given that i have never been to olive garden, granted

                          1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                            i never have either.

                            I said this (and the fact that i had never set foot inside a wal-mart) in a thread on the "chains" board and you would have thought i landed from another planet.

                            given all that this sounds like an interesting delve into an unrepresented cuisine in the area.

                            1. re: hyde

                              i have set foot in a wall mart and even bought some krok-like sandals.

                              It is probably worth going back to ole; i though that the food was ok, and Slim JB has written that it has improved. They have take-out restaurant, Olecito, that i have tried recently and did not compare well with El Pelon, not the loftiest of standards.