Booking Forest Avenue for dinner recently, I was delighted to be finally going somewhere that has been on my list a long time. We love their sister restaurant, Forest & Marcy, which made us all the more excited for this one. We made our way to Sussex Terrace after work on a Thursday evening. Inside, it’s cosy and comfortable, with lots of wood and a simple design throughout. Our table was on the Mezzanine level which I was glad of, as it was a little quieter than on the main restaurant floor.
Forest Avenue offers a tasting menu only. They asked about dietary / allergies when we arrived but really there’s nothing that we wouldn’t at least try and no allergies. We chose to have the wine pairings (€50) with the tasting menu (€55). Forest Avenue’s menu starts with breads and snacks and from those small bites, through each course that followed, the food was gorgeous. Wine pairings started slightly unusually with a sparkling French cider, served in a coupe glass.
The Agnolotti of Parmesan, Cep, Hokkaido Pumpkin was the standout dish for me with three plump pasta parcels; rich and full of flavour, a very autumnal dish.
A main course of Lamb with White Bean Puree, Pickled Padron Pepper, Turnip was beautifully presented, every ingredient in this dish was thought through and complimentary.
A cheese course followed; an incredibly cute mini bite of cheese. This was followed by a sharing dessert of Russet Apple Tart. There was individual bowls with the sweet ice cream to accompany the apple tart. And petit fours to finish. The apple tart was gorgeous albeit very small.
John and Sandy Wyer have created something special in Forest Avenue. From the welcome and service, through to the food and the atmosphere, it was a wonderful evening. The team in the kitchen are producing exquisite dishes, in ingredients and presentation. Our total bill (not including service) was €210.
There was one aspect we would do differently next time. We were disappointed with the wine pairings, both in selection and price, at €50pp. I would instead select from the wine list, perhaps a glass of Cremant de Loire (€12) to start, or a glass of Gruner Veltliner (€9), a bottle of Domaine Boisson Grenache/Syrah/Mourvédre 2014 (€55) or a Spanish Garnacha Reserve (€38).
Put Forest Avenue on your list if it’s not there already. It’s a popular spot, booking in advance is recommended.
Contact + Information:
8 Sussex Terrace, Dublin 4
Ph: 01 667 8337
Closed: Sunday, Monday & Tuesday
Lunch: Thursday-Saturday: 12pm-2pm(closing 4:00pm)
Dinner: Wed-Saturday: 6pm-9:30pm