The Forge Restaurant/Wine Bar
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Miami New Times' Description
The Forge is as famous as any South Florida restaurant not named Joe's Stone Crab. After a yearlong, $10 million renovation, the museum-like mahogany interior has been lightened and brightened to invigorating effect, and admired local chef Dewey LoSasso has taken over the kitchen. If the revamped décor doesn't have you convinced things have changed, maybe seeing a quinoa pancake with fig marmalade on the menu will. Or a po'boy plump with crisply fried oysters plunked into a mini hoagie roll. Or a lobster peanut butter and jelly sandwich - crust-less brioche filled with lobster between sweet onion marmalade and coarsely ground, chili-spiced peanut butter. This clearly ain't your papa's Forge, yet the six cuts of proffered beef remain the most sought-after entrées - none more so than the Super Steak, a 16-ounce, 21-day-aged, oak-grilled Prime New York strip. Double-cut Colorado lamb chops were delicious too, as were two halves of a spice-rubbed duck that all but burst with juicy flavor. Local mutton snapper papillote-style, with smoky tomato sauce, is the most interesting of the six seafood selections. An Enomatic system of wine-by-the-glass allows customers to purchase one-, three-, or five-ounce pours from a choice of 80 bottles from the restaurant's vaunted cellar collection. Desserts are designed by Malka Espinel, who for years excelled as Johnny Vinczencz's pastry chef; try one of the seven soufflés. We found too many kinks in the execution, but there is no denying that the Forge is back.
Tips from foursquare
This newly renovated Miami legend is not ideal for a quiet tête-à-tête with a loved one. But for livelier occasions, it can't be beat, with atmosphere, decor, and food that are all a bit over the top.
Highlights of chef Dewey LoSasso's offbeat menu include a burger with short ribs and lobster marmalade, lamb ribs, shrimp waffles and fluffernutters. [Eater 38 Member]
The 42-year-old restaurant is back in business, if not business as usual. New chef LoSasso's menu includes lobster PB&J sandwiches, a towering “Bermuda Triangle” appetizer & a formidable wine list.
Voted "Best Wine Selection" - Best of Miami 2010 - "Regardless of whether you are a wine novice or a snob, spending time at the Forge's grape-friendly bar will leave you tipsy and well educated."
Shareef is the ultimate host. Truly a unique experience and with its new look, The Forge demonstrates that fine dining can still be fun. Don't miss the peanut butter and jelly lobster sandwiches.
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