The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar by Shareef Malnik

The Forge, Miami Beach, (305) 538-8533

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The Miami Spice Menu – Week One

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Dewey LoSasso has put together a fabulous menu for a great price. Please make your reservations as this menu is a guaranteed success.

The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar by Shareef Malnik

AUGUST 1 UNTIL AUGUST 4, 2011 CHEF DEWEY LoSASSO

FIRST COURSE
Please Choose One

POMEGRANATE BBQ LAMB SPARE RIBS
RED CABBAGE SLAW

CAESAR SALAD FORGE STYLE

ENTREE
Please Choose One

GRILLED SALMON
BASIL MASHED, HEARTS OF PALM AND GREEN SALAD
TWO ORANGE REDUCTION

“BURGER AND BORDEAUX”
GRILLED ANGUS SIRLOIN BURGER
TOPPED WITH BONELESS SHORT RIBS, LOBSTER MARMALADE
TRUFFLED FRENCH FRIES, POMEGRANATE KETCHUP
SERVED WITH A TASTING OF BORDEAUX

THREE MUSHROOM RISOTTO

ROASTED SHIITAKE, PORTABELLO AND PORCINI
ALBA WHITE TRUFFLE OIL

DESSERT
Please Choose One

LEMON PANNACOTTA
FLAVORS OF LEMON & FENNEL, TOASTED ALMOND GELATO, BISCOTTI

CHOCOLATE PISTACHIO LAYER CAKE

CANDIED KUMQUATS, CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM, PISTACHIO TUILE

$35 PER/PERSON | DOES NOT INCLUDE TAX AND GRATUITY | MENU SUBJECT TO CHANGE

FOR RESERVATIONS 305 538 8533 OR VISIT THEFORGE.COM
432 W. 41ST STREET MIAMI BEACH FLORIDA 33140

Jenny From the Block

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Jennifer Lopez has had a spectacular career and has more in store of her. Negotiating her second tour as a judge for American Idol, she is also learning a new part of her life: being single after seven years of marriage. For her 42nd birthday, she, with her entourage of 16 spent this past weekend in Miami. Miami has become a true hot spot for celebrities, and Miami loves them back. A major city for television production and Spanish language media, Miami over the past decade has come into its own. It’s elegance factor has risen extensively and it has been able to generate events such as the important art fair Basel Miami Beach and world class restaurants such as The Forge. This is what attracts the famous jet setter crowd to Miami. Not surprising that Ms. Lopez chose a very private evening at The Forge Restaurant as part of her Birthday celebration; choosing the private wine cellar as the perfect environment: “Jennifer and her group arrived around 9pm and went directly to the private wine cellar for a pre-birthday dinner, an insider said. It was very secluded and beautiful among the bottles with bold and vibrant labels. The meal was served on a long rectangle mirrored table with cloud-like chandeliers hanging above.” The Forge Restaurant is very appreciative of their celebrity clientele and of the generous media coverage that these spectacular moments receive. Happy Birthday Jennifer.

Happy Birthday for J. Lo at the Forge

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The New York Post published this paper about Birthday Girl Jennifer Lopez: Birthday girl
“Jennifer Lopez celebrated her 42nd birthday as a single woman with her manager Benny Medina, her stylist and a group of six girls at The Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar in Miami on Friday night. It was her first public appearance since the announcement that she and Marc Anthony were divorcing. Looking stunning in a Pucci-esque long dress, J. Lo and her group dined in the private cellar among millions of dollars of wine, and she was beaming when the servers came in and sang “Happy Birthday” and brought her a soufflé for dessert.”

Jennifer has great taste and what better place to celebrate her birthday than at The Forge Restaurant. This birthday is an important one as she is starting a new moment of her life. The Forge is the place in Miami for an elegant, delicious and wonderful celebration.

Danielle Steel, Happy Birthday and The Forge

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Danielle Steel, who is known the world over for her dramatic Romance novels has sold more than 800 million books. She is a record holder in that her novels have held their place on the New York Times bestseller list for 390 consecutive weeks. Steel was born in New York, her father a descendant from the Lowenbrau beer family and her mother was the daughter of a Portuguese diplomat. Spending her childhood between New York and Paris she was raised within the very chic environment of the rich and the famous. This environment influenced her writing and the stories that she narrates in her novels. Ms. Steel has been married five times, has had children, and has always written. In her stories, she always includes daily details of the complex lives of her leading high society characters. In her most recent novel, “Happy Birthday”, the act of the birthday- a celebration of a new year in one’s life and the planning of a new and better year to come becomes an important undertone of the novel and the birthday is also a very important day for many of us. Often in her books she names the famous restaurants in New York and Paris where the glamorous people go. In “Happy Birthday” the main characters go to Miami and dine at The Forge. Ms. Steel knows what elegance is. The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar is a fabulous place to celebrate a birthday.

Lindsay Lohan

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We love Lindsay Lohan. Besides her recent escapades (remember your coming of age?), she was loved in “The Parent Trap”; I must have seen “Freaky Friday” with my daughter one hundred times. She is a talented, lovely actress. Lohan is also known as a young woman of good taste, with an exquisite fashion sense and an established elegant lifestyle. It’s no wonder that CEO Jerry Powers of Plum Magazine hired her for a cover shoot for his luxury magazine on the rooftop of the Raleigh Hotel in Miami. Very blonde and very sleek, she is a good choice to represent the magazine end of this luxury cable network. For her recent Miami trip, Lohan was seen dining at the best restaurant in Miami: The Forge. Lindsay Lohan, a celebrity trendsetter definitely knows where to find fine dining. Her choices of Pomegranate Barbeque Lamb Spareribs and Alaskan-King-Crab-Legs are representative of her well defined taste and passion for good food.

The Forge on the Cover in China

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The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar is prominently the cover of ” Interior Public Space” the excellent Chinese bi-monthly magazine reviewing great Design and Architecture. The Forge is World Famous and World Class.

The Forge Enomatic Wine Application

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For your learning pleasure The Forge has for your iPhone their personal user friendly Wine Application that you can download before your visit. The Enomatic Wine Bar is easy to navigate like the app on your phone. The main stations are divided into 10 sections. When you select a station the available wines appear, and as you click on each wine you will read the wine’s details, its description, comments about its essence, price by the bottle and by the glass. The second station is the “Prestige”. Here we can find a simple but excellent low price California Merlot: a Blackstone from 2007 at $ 40 the bottle or $ 9.60 the glass. And the description informs us that it pairs well with Pork, Game and Red Meat. We can also find here Certan-Marzell 2006, a French Merlot at $ 140 a bottle and $ 28.52 per glass. We can learn that the flavor will taste like Blackberry, Oak and Raspberry and that it pairs well with Beef and Cheese. Under “Powerful Reds” if we study the choices, the highest grade goes to the Duckhorn Merlot of 2007 from the Napa Valley at $ 92 the bottle and $ 18.40 per glass. Its flavors bring to mind Plum, Spice and Raspberry and it pairs well with Steak and Swordfish. You can also approach this application or the menu by the Regions, Vintages or Varietals (grapes used in making each particular wine). An education in itself and a lovely way to learn and experiment, this menu is a work of art and reflects the desire that The Forge has to make sure that you enjoy this very important part of The Forge experience.

The Enomatic Experience-Learning the Culture of Wine

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To enjoy wine one needs to learn about the different wines available. Wine color, quality and taste depend largely upon the geographical characteristics of where the grapes are grown: the quantity of sunlight, the quality of the earth which in French is called the “Terroir”, the seasons, the amount of rain, of cold, of heat, the drainage of the earth and the age of the vines. Each type of grape needs different combinations of the above. That is why for example a Pinot Noir grown in California does not have the same taste as a Pinot Noir grown in Burgundy, France. Even within the same territory, wines made with the same grape type will taste differently depending on the preferences of the wine maker, the quality of the vines, and the aging process of the wine.
When starting an interest in the culture of wine, tasting, and tasting with an experienced friend or sommelier is the only way to increase your culture and develop your own personal taste. The Enomatic Wine Bar at The Forge is a perfect way to learn and develop this savoir-faire. Being able to purchase exceptional wines by the glass, without damaging the integrity of the wine, while offering you all the sensations as if the wine was opened especially for you is a unique privilege allowing you to enter into this luxurious experience of developing your palette. This system nurtures the importance of your personal choice, and with each new experience gives you the possibility of increasing your knowledge and pleasure within the realm of fine wines.

The Forge-A Miami Beach Landmark

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What a fabulous review we have received from Istanbul:

When our friend heard of our to open the first “brick & mortar” AND online wine & spirits shop in Istanbul, he said, “You’ve got to come and see The Forge”. We had been once before, prior to renovations and we had a wonderful experience. But the “new and improved” Forge has to be seen to be believed.
First off, and simply a MUST for us to see were the 10 Enomatic machines (each one holds 8 different wines, categorized by types, such as “RED EARTHY: MEDIUM-FULL BODIED, MODERATELY OAKED; LOW-MEDIUM TANNIN” and “WHITE AROMATIC: LIGHT-MEDIUM BODIED UNOAKED TO LIGHTLY OAKED; DRY”, etc. This system is perfect for the likes of myself, someone who is in the process of learning to actually taste the varied wines that are out there, rather than just drinking a wine without thought of what flavors are within. Each station has an ipod with full descriptions of the wines, from the grapes to the regions, so you can go at your own pace and learn about the wines you are interested in. One Enomatic card acts as a debit card and you can try a taste (1oz.) a few sips (3oz.) or a full glass (5oz.).
KAVist is taking this concept across the Atlantic and into Istanbul where our customers will be able to enjoy the same Enomatic experience. What better way to sample a variety of wines at your leisure and make sure you take home that perfect bottle of wine?

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July 7th, 2011 at 2:15 am

Restaurant Review: The Forge, Miami

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It’s not often that a restaurant has both scene and substance, but the Forge is that rare exception. The decor is mad, trashy, Miami-baroque – wood paneling, over-sized chandeliers with lamps at crazy angles, huge gilt mirrors, random collections of divans and thrones to lounge on. The menus come backed by heavy mother-of-pearl stuff and the bill comes in the same sort of box with a mirrored interior (we expected 1/2 a gram along with our credit card back to be honest).

The people – well, on first glance it was more family orientated that I’d thought. There were lots of large, inter-generational tables noshing down. But on closer inspection, perhaps they were more Families with a capital F – the fathers were distinctly hard-eyed and twitchy, the daughters just the wrong side of tarty, the mothers overdyed and overstuffed. There was a lot of Russian being spoken. One party consisted of a guy accessorized with enormous blingy chains with diamond crosses, a skintight t, steroids, his girlfriend and – of course – his mum. He attracted attention from the other patrons like a celebrity and we wondered whether he was a minor reality star or a major player in the local sub-economy. It was all a bit Scarface 2011 and I loved it.

But apart from the local fauna, I’d come to the Forge to eat anytime based on this first meal. Every plate was beautifully presented and portions were European without being stingy. Oysters were lovely (perhaps not quite as good as The River but no matter) and tuna tartare and citrus-marinated salmon starters were nicely sized and extremely tasty. For seconds, a grouper fillet special was topped with an enormous scallop with mash on the side and went down very well, as did grilled salmon which let the fish shine through rather than being overpowered with Japanese flavours. Our smallest co-diner had the largest dishes, disproving the adage that you shouldn’t eat anything larger than your head. His burger and fries disappeared swiftly, followed by the excellent, enormous pre-ordered chocolate souffle with very good ice-cream, which the rest of us helped him out with. Mr. R&R then had a nougat cheesecake chaser, which he very much approved of. The service was speedy, accurate and solicitous (after initial experiences with BLT this week that was a relief) and the bill was a pleasantly reasonable surprise, probably reflecting the slightly out-of-Miami-beach location.
Overall – go dressed for Jersey Shore, but expect superb food.
Written by Zoë on April 22, 2011 from R&R