Restaurants Reviews

Review: Forge & Co

Sometimes when I venture into East London, I feel like I am an imposter. Maybe I’m just not cool enough. You know? But regardless, there are some good eats there so venture I must. (Although since I live on an Overground stop it’s not really that far of a “venture”.) Enter Forge & Co. It’s a workspace, a lounge and a “canteen” (read: a restaurant). The atmosphere was great; the perfect mix of all types of people and ages.  

First of all, I’d like to commend the staff on being awesome. They were friendly, well informed and super helpful. And not just to us, I witnessed them being awesome to all their customers. The automatically get a huge check plus in my book for excellent service! Also the waiter recommended the Picpoul de Pinet to drink and I think it’s one of my new favourite white wines. Delicious! He said it was super trendy right now though. 

We started with starters of the leek and caerphilly croquettes, and the duck rillettes and cornichons. The caerphilly was recommended to me by the waiter. I’d never had caerphilly before (it’s a Welsh cheese) and was feeling a bit trepidatious, but boy am I glad that I ordered it. I’d like to say that this dish is like super posh mozzarella sticks. I inhaled them. If I was being too picky I wish there was a tiny bit more leek present, but only because I love leeks. However, as a start that costs £5, it’s totally worth it! The duck rillettes (£6.50) were also great. I’m a bit picky when it comes to pates so this one was definitely going to be either a big hit or a big miss for me, but I really enjoyed it. I think it’s because the duck still had a good deal of “chunk” to it, instead of being utterly smooth. 

For mains we had the chicken with coriander and sweet potatoes (£14), the whole sea bass with heritage potatoes and caper sauce (£18) and a side of heritage carrots (£3.50) and brussel sprouts with lardons (£3.50). I loved my chicken. It was absolutely on point. It was still juicy while maintaining a satisfying crunch on the outside. The sea bass was perfectly cooked and the caper butter the perfect accompaniment. When it came to sides the brussel sprouts were king. And I don’t usually even like brussel sprouts! They just tasted like bacon. (Probably because they were cooked with lardons…mmmm….. bacon). The only part of the meal that I could fault were the carrots. They just weren’t cooked enough. 

I finished my meal with the chocolate fondant with chestnut ice-cream (£5).  The fondant was ace and I wolfed it down without even offering to share it. I really enjoyed the chestnut icecream as well, though I wish the chestnut flavour was a bit stronger.

I really want to come back for brunch one day. They got me hook, line and sinker with the £10 Prosecco deal.

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Delicious wine! 

Caerphilly. mmmm….. I’d go back just for this dish! 
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Duck rillettes. 
Heritage carrots. 
Chicken with sweet potatoes. 

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Brussel sprouts
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Chocolate fondant. 
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Forge & Co is located at 54-158 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6HU.  I’d estimate that a meal for two would cost about £50 without drinks. 

I was a guest of Forge & Co and  Zomato, however, as always, all opinions are forever my own. 

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  • This place sounds fantastic! It’s always so important to have great service, and the food sounds so tasty and pretty reasonable. I want to go just for that sea bass, yum! xxx

  • Wow! Yum! I love, love seabass! I can totally relate to being in an area of the city and not feeling hip enough!!!

  • These are the most drool inducing food pictures ever!! I’ve never heard of that cheese but It sounds so good. And I would kill for that chocolate fondant chestnut ice cream right now!!!

  • Kelly Michelle

    Seriously I wouldn’t have offered to share the dessert either 😉 and I know what you mean about East London, I don’t think I have jeans that are tight enough to enter that part of London xx

  • I think my life has really been missing posh mozzarella sticks, do you think that is a good enough reason for a vacation? O and you dress super cute so I am sure you did not stand out!

  • Ala

    This looks like my kinda restaurant, it all sounds so delicious! And God bless the overground x

  • Charlie D

    Everything sounds and looks delicious !!

    Charlie xx

  • Those brussels sprouts look like all kinds of YUM. xx

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  • Out of all of those food pictures, the roasted Brussels Sprouts jumped out at me the most – I love them so much! Honestly one of my favourite foods. haha

    • You’d probably love these sprouts then! Have you always loved them? x

      • To be honest, the first time I had roasted sprouts was a couple of years ago when my sister made them for Thanksgiving and I have been addicted ever since. It’s one of those things that I don’t remember my mom feeding us as kids – she probably thought they wouldn’t fly. But I’m making up for lost time now haha.

  • The food looks amazing and I’m most definitely going to head that way one day soon. And don’t worry you’re not the only one who feels out of place in East London. I always feel like I’m not cool enough to head there and that they’ll notice and run me out of town! x

  • Ah, I already miss city living and beautiful food like that!

  • I hear ya on the East London front – though I’m sure Sam would consider growing a beard and wearing turn-ups for a meal as tasty as this sounds, right?
    That Bass bokeh is M&S worthy btw 🙂

    • Hahaha thank you! 🙂 And since Sam’s beard grows ginger for some strange reason, it shall never see the light of day! x

  • That desert sounds delicious! The restaurants here are pretty wonderful but oh so pricey so dining out is a far to rare treat for us, I miss trying new restaurants!

  • £10 prosecco deal? Sounds like something I need. In fact, sounds like I’m heading off to the kitchen right now to pour a drink. Screw you, Monday.

    • Right?! A brilliant offer! And screw Monday, I agree. And maybe Tuesday while we’re at it? x

  • Food, food and more food makes one hungry

  • Yum, this looks like a great restaurant!!! Thanks for sharing!
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  • Sounds like such a yummy dinner!! That fondant is calling my name – it looks so, so good! And I can’t even imagine how amazing Brussel sprouts cooked with lardons would be. “Mmmm bacon” pretty well sums it up! Yummy! X

  • I’m with you… definitely not trendy enough for East London! it’s hard work to be that ironically hipster.

    • (but I would make an exception for that place!)

    • (and to look like you don’t have a trust fund but have a trust fund at the same time? it’s genius really, all the dichotomies managed to be portrayed!) x

  • Haha I’m the same! I always feel so out-of-place when I go into East London, which is probably why I don’t go very often. But this place does look amazing so maybe I’ll just have to suck it up & go 🙂 x

  • great recommendation thank you!!!

  • Mmm chocolate fondant. That looks really tasty! Plus adding a physalis to the top adds some extra fanciness. They complement chocolate so well!

    The chicken dish sounds delicious too!

  • Shoreditch is my second favorite area of London, and this is the second time I’ve read about chestnut ice cream. Signs? I think so. I’ve heard of this restaurant! I’ll have to give it a go.