Sophie McCoid enjoys a meal at a Southport gem
TO CELEBRATE the end of a long Dry January my mum and I decided to try The Forge Brasserie for a meal out, after a couple of recommendations from friends.
When we entered the restaurant we were warmly greeted by the staff and shown to our table upstairs.
We were presented with an extensive wine list and spent five minutes poring over it before deciding on the Turi carmenere from Chile, which was full-bodied and smooth – a perfect first drink of 2014.
Choosing our starters also proved a tricky task as everything looked so tempting.
My mum decided on the fresh mussels in a white wine, cream and garlic sauce, served with fresh white crusty bread.
When the dish arrived it was a generous serving and the mussels were well cooked and succulent, ensuring she was happy with her choice.
I eventually decided to try the hot duck salad tossed in honey, soy sauce and sesame seeds, served on a bed of crisp, mixed salad leaves with a tangy mixed berry dressing after hearing great things about it from a friend. I was not disappointed with my choice as the duck was cooked beautifully and the sauce was divine, providing the perfect accompaniment.
We both decided to sample the 16oz rump steak for our main course, We chose to have ours with salad and jacket potato but there was the option to have vegetables and potatoes cooked every way you could imagine, if you’d prefer.
We asked for our steaks medium rare and when they arrived they were cooked to perfection.
The steak melted in your mouth and was honestly one of the best I’ve ever eaten, my mum was equally impressed with hers, and praised my choice of restaurant.
Throughout the meal the staff were attentive without being overpowering and made sure our every need was catered for.
We sadly couldn’t squeeze in a dessert after our mammoth steak but there was a wide range on offer which I’m sure I’ll sample when I return to this wonderful restaurant.
The Forge Brasserie truly impressed me and with an array of mid-week offers I am sure it won’t be long before I enjoy a meal again.