629 Danforth Avenue
Aptly named after it's location in Greektown Danforth, The Forth (@TheForthTO) is a new comer on the block, opening April earlier this year. Unlike its peers of close proximity, it is anything but a Greek restaurant, headed up by Brassaii's former executive chef Chris Kalisperas (@ChrisKalisperas). With a contemporary Canadian menu, inventative cocktail list, and a beautiful 8,000 square feet, multi-level dining area (yes there's an elevator!), The Forth is one that will impress all the senses.
My experience at The Forth started on the top level where we occupied ourselves with drinks at the bar while waiting for our table. We ended up trying a majority of the cocktail menu by the end of the night, and there is definitely a drink suited for everyone! My favourite was The Botonist which satisfied my fruitier preferences, while Kentucky's Finest Cocktail was a favourite of the hard-hitters.
The Botanist ($10)-Botanist Gin, Kiwi, Lime, Lavender Bitters
Kentucky's Finest Cocktail ($10) -Four Roses Bourbon, Montenegro Apricot, Mole Bitters
Adult's Beverage ($12)-Remy Martin, Cassis, Darjeeling, Strawberry Tea, Lemon Juice, Egg white
With a party of 6, we were able to try a substantial portion of this seasonal menu neatly arranged under the categories "Snacks", "Appetizers", "Mains", "For Two", and "Desserts".
Asparagus ($8)- White asparagus, lemon, pistachio
Trout ($17)- cured steelhead, radish, fennel, citrus, ginger, cilantro, chili, roe
Burrata ($14)- sourdough, grapes, pine nuts, lemon, basil
Steak Tartare ($16)- hand cut beef tenderloin, potato crisps, deviled egg, capers, parmigiano
Octopus ($12) - Popcorn, lime, cilantro
Quail ($16)- grilled quail, cauliflower, apple, quail egg sabayon, endive
Oysters ($18)- six market fresh oysters, preserved lemon, jalapeno, cucumber
Fois Gras Torchon ($19)- salted granola, marshmallow, strawberry
Scallop ($27) - artichocke, potato, spinach, lardo, ramps, almond
Duck ($28)- roasted dry aged breast, coriander, carrot, mustard greens, quinoa, Saskatoon berries
Halibut ($33)- spring vegetable, potato, squid, lemon
Beef ($38)- 60 day dry aged Ontario strip loin, shallot, potato, braised shin, asparagus, soubise, chanterelles
Ontario Strawberries ($9) - Ginger, coconut, lemon balm
Maple & Almond ($9) - brown butter, passionfruit, buttermilk
Lemon Tart ($9) White chocolate, lychee, jasmine
Chocolate & Hazelnut ($9) - chill, Saskatoon berry, creme fraiche
Definitely a meal with many dishes worthy of mention. You can't go wrong with any of the snacks and appetizers. Many had me sold with its visual appeal and artfully presentation (like the Trout, Steak Tartare, and Fois Gras Torchon), while others were more impressive on the tongue. The Burata seemingly appeared as a simple scrambled egg on toast, but the combination of sweet, salty, and savory flavours really took me by surprise. In terms of seafood mains, the perfectly cooked Scallops wins the battle against the Halibut, which was rather unmemorable. If you're feeling for red meat, then you will not be disappointed with the options at The Forth. The Duck particularly was my favourite - I can't resist a tender duck breast with crispy skin! And while I was relatively less enthusiastic about the dessert offerings, my belly was more than content with the delicious cocktails and dinner fare. A place I would definitely come back to!
The Forth is open Wednesday to Saturday 5:30-11pm, and Sunday 10:30am-11pm. Complimentary valet parking is available Friday and Saturday evenings.