When I first met my husband in college, I came to Miami to visit over Christmas break. On the plane en route, I was “befriended” by a major benefactor to SMU (said college), who bought me drinks and chatted me up the whole ride from Houston. Slightly embarrassing, but also highly entertaining! When I told him I was visiting a boyfriend, my new friend insisted that if this boyfriend was worth keeping, he would whisk me away to a restaurant called “The Forge” without a moment’s hesitation.
Disembarking at Miami, I said hello to D and, of course, said we had to go to “The Forge” or I would trade him in. 🙂 I think at that point he died hysterically laughing on the floor by the baggage carousel. The Forge was one of the most established, trendy, and expensive restaurants in Miami… Being 20, I let it go.
Fast forward to last Saturday and our 12th wedding anniversary (How did that happen?!?!?) and our celebratory dinner. We take turns each year with reservations, so that one of us is normally surprised; D took this year. And after a 22-year wait (yes, you did the math right, we “dated” for almost ten years…) we went to “The Forge” – now called The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar.
It was worth the wait.
Sitting in the bubbles…
Opulent and over-the-top was expected. Expensive was too. Divine food was a gift. It wasn’t until I did some research afterward that I realized the Chef is Dewey LoSasso. He’s been a fixture in Miami for some time.
From the little nook where our table sat, to the last bit of my liquid dessert, the evening was wonderful.
See the purple table? We sat on that little “stage” – totally fun and I felt like I was inside a champagne glass…
Started with a Kiucumber cocktail (which, according to the menu, contains: Sobieski Vodka, St. Germain, Kiwi, Cucumber, Basil, Fresh Lime Juice) that was fresh and delicious. D had a Hot and Dirty Martini that I could actually tolerate a sip of (without the bacon-stuffed olives, of course).
We shared an amazing Tuna Tartare and Corn Raviolis (must learn to fry food at home…) for apps. He had duck for an entree. See, I don’t judge? I had porcini dusted scallops on orzo with spinach and goat cheese. Perfectly cooked scallops = heaven.
For dessert, D ordered a Grand Marnier souffle. Not a huge fan of souffle and totally stuffed at that point, I decided on liquid calories for dessert!
The Layered Grasshopper Shot from the dessert menu – delicious!
Had a great meal and hope it doesn’t take 22 years to go back! 🙂
432 Forty First Street
Miami Beach, FL 33140