Forge and Co, Shoreditch

Posted: April 7, 2015 in British, Cafe, English, London
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Forge ox heart burger - Forge & Co, Shoreditch -London Food Blog

Forge & Co located on Shoreditch High St offers a unique new social workspace for interested takers. Across four floors, Forge & Co lends it’s offices, hot desks, meeting rooms and event spaces to growing businesses without the burden of overheads. While on the ground floor their Canteen serves a contemporary menu from their British brasserie.

Set in a 1950’s Modernist building, their reasonably priced menu focuses on seasonal modern British cuisine that is locally sourced. They dish up a varied menu across breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner menu. There is also a friendly nod to the traditional English Sunday roast offering a selection of roast meats with all the trimmings. They also offer a great selection of share platters and drinks that include bespoke East London cocktails (of course!), a friendly and affordable wine list, and brewery-fresh local craft beers to cater to the after work drinks crowd.

Leek & Caerphilly cheese croquettes - Forge & Co, Shoreditch - London Food Blog

Leek & Caerphilly cheese croquettes (£5.00) melted in the mouth. Beautifully crumbled, they were soft, creamy and cheesy. The mango and peach puree added a lovely sweetness, cutting through the fattiness of the croquettes.

duck rillettes, toast & cornichons - Forge & Co, Shoreditch - London Food Blog

The duck rillettes, toast & cornichons (£7.50) arrived filled with large doses of shredded duck. This was richly flavoured and textured with duck pieces however this was let down with the bread being slightly stale.

smoked mackerel, potato salad & poached egg - Forge & Co, Shoreditch - London Food Blog

The smoked mackerel, potato salad & poached egg (£7.50) was overall a beautifully flavoured dish. The smoked mackerel enhanced the overall flavour of the potato salad, adding that extra depth of smokey flavour to each bite. With the addition of fresh herbs this gave the dish a lovely lift.

Forge ox heart burger - Forge & Co, Shoreditch -London Food Blog

The signature Forge ox heart burger (£12.00) is not for the faint hearted. I have not tried ox heart before and I would describe the taste itself as robust, rich and unusually gamey in flavour. This arrived topped with melted mature cheddar, spinach, streaky bacon aioli and hand cut fries. I also asked for extra bacon and egg to be added for an extra £1.50 each.

poached pear, red wine reduction, vanilla ice cream - Forge & Co, Shoreditch - London Food Blog

For dessert, the poached pear, red wine reduction, vanilla ice cream (£5.00) was a perfect winter warmer. The poached pear was deliciously spicy, citrusy and aromatic. The warmth of the pear juxtaposed nicely with the cool vanilla ice cream. We did find that the dessert was rather bare and could have benefited with a pool of that delicious red wine reduction.

Chocolate fondant, vanilla ice cream - Forge & Co, Shoreditch - London Food Blog
Chocolate fondant, vanilla ice cream (£5.00) was decadently rich and delivered on that expectant gooey centre. Well flavoured this was another delicious dessert for the winter months.

Overall, given the location and the quality of food on offer this is very reasonably priced. The service whilst friendly, it felt slightly understaffed. Otherwise this was a great little find in the area.

Summary Information:

Likes:

  • Leek & caerphilly cheese croquettes was spectacular and incredible value
  • Smoked mackerel, potato salad & poached egg was beautifully flavoured
  • Staff were very friendly
  • Great atmosphere & location

Dislikes:

  • Stale bread with the duck rillettes
  • Service was very poor whilst staff were very friendly, our order was forgotten on numerous occasions

Food rating: 3.5/5
Service rating: 2/5
Value for money: 4/5

Price: Approx £20 per person excluding drinks and service.

Website: http://www.forgeandco.co.uk/

Food Porn Nation dined as a guest of Forge & Co. I would like to thank Alexandra from Zomato and Sarah from Forge & Co for hosting me as their guest. Please note all opinions are my own.

 

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