An Experience for the senses.
The Forge Gallery was the destination for a reunion of sorts with a few friends, little did I know how overwhelming the service and dining would be. The restaurant as the name suggests is a Gallery, with dining area on the ground floor and gallery bar upstairs. An extremely comfortable upstairs seating area with large homely sofa's allow you to relax with a drink or two whilst you read through the menu at your leisure or in my case catch up with friends and take in the beautiful atmosphere.
When we eventually dragged ourselves from the comfort of upstairs we were guided to our central table by our friendly waitress. The menu was surprising, I usually see one thing that stands out however I couldn't decide as the range of starters and indeed mains had got me, in the end i went with the fresh local muscles to start and juicy lamb cutlets as the main. The muscles were amazing, the head Chef greeted our table after our starters and as I suspected the muscles were not but a day out of the water. They were glorious. Cooked in a rich wine medley of flavours there wasn't enough table bread to mop up what was left on my plate. This sealed my hopes for my main, the Lamb cutlets were fantastic, cooked to perfection and mouth watering, the potato dauphinoise was a perfect compliment to the dish. Overall i was in heaven until desert. It was a type of chocolate pudding recommended by the Chef but under advice to drink with the port that was with it, my god the explosions of flavours in my mouth was out of this world. It was surreal how well these two simple things went together.
Based upon the expertise of the head Chef and attention to detail of the waiting staff I will definitely be returning. Its fantastic to have such great cuisine available in the heart of the Irish countryside.
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