Forage was a restaurant I’ve always wanted to try so I took the opportunity of my birthday to ‘gently suggest’ to Fannypack to take me there on a separate occasion to celebrate (as that is our thing), so that brings us to birthday dinner #2!
As we were quickly told by the extremely attentive server, the plates here are meant to be shared (although you are welcome to hoard it all if you so choose to), so we (I) picked a few items to share.
On another note, Hitman lost these pictures too so the ones here are courtesy of Fannypack also! Lifesaver much??
First up the Kale and Apple Chips ($5). There’s a mix of purple and green kale which created a very aesthetically pleasing presentation. The chips were salted just right but I did find them a bit greasy as I suspected them to be deep-fried (I roast mine at home). Found out from Mary’s blog post about Forage as I was writing this that they’re baked in a convection oven so that’s not so bad then. I would be happier if there were more apple chips though.
Next was one of my choices: Marinated octopus ($15) with roasted garlic crostini, gribiche, and pickled yellowfoot chanterelles.
The octopus was extremely tender and flavorful. I liked to eat them by themselves as I found the gribiche (a sort of egg-based tartar sauce) too tart and overpowering when combined with the delicate octopus. The gribiche presented itself like your usual egg salad.
Speaking of tart…the pickled chanterelles were quite up there!
I can eat mushrooms all day, so the Foraged and cultivated mushrooms ($12) was of course another one of my picks. It had a mix of crimini button, chanterelle, shimiji and oyster mushrooms. Topped with Happy Island goat’s cheese, it was served with caraway rye bread.
I much enjoyed the mushroom-y parts but I did think this was on the salty side. It was also really rich.