We were invited to check out The Forge, a newly revamped restaurant and bar near Bank.
We settled in with cocktails, talked through the list by Giles (Restaurant Manager), who also gave us a historical background on the creation of the negroni. Clearly lots of thought has gone into the list which focuses on classics with a twist.
Whilst we waited for our drinks, Giles took J on a quick whistle stop tour of the bar and nightclub area in the basement. Giles informed him that they had got a local artist to create the art in the VIP area wall backdrop as well as the textured wall in the private hire lounge.
Regarding the cocktails, I opted for No 35 as it has two of my favourite ingredients in it elderflower cordial and Ketel Vodka! It arrived as a pretty shade of green in a cut glass goblet, very attractive. J opted for his favourite – a negroni. The cocktail list is going to be ever evolving, looking forward to hopefully some warm cocktails for the colder months!
We then turned our attention to the food, for some reason we were both drawn to pork dishes, I opted for the coca cola glazed ribs with apple and fennel slaw (£15), whilst J plumped for the cider belly pork (£13). My rack of ribs was a nice size, sometimes I find the humongous things that look like they should be balanced on the side of the Flinstones car overwhelming. This one was just right and the meat was nice and tender. Sadly I found the marinade to be a bit generic, with no hint of the coca cola glaze, it tasted mostly of ketchup. The apple and fennel slaw was lovely and refreshing and I would have liked a bit more of this to balance out the fatty meat.
J enjoyed his cider pork belly which was soft, succulent and complemented by the vanilla and Bramley apple sauce, and came with fabulous crackling that has not been over-salted (as has happened in other restaurants).
We moved on to dessert, J and I again in synchronicity both opted for the chocolate brownie with caramel ice cream. This was really good, fudgey, dark and dense and nicely offset by the ice cream(thankfully not salted as too many are these days!).
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