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Forest Grill, Birmingham, MI

This is Brian Polycn's latest, in a new building in Birmingham, just off Maple. Detroit Freep review was excellent---it looks quite stylish/urbane. Knowing his skills, I would think this would be a great spot.

Anybody been yet?

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  1. Not yet. From what I understand, it's been absolutely *swamped* since opening, and that's not really a dining experience that I covet. I like things a bit more quiet as I eat, I guess.

    I'll wait until things have cooled down a bit. Besides, with the way the economy is right now, I'm having more and more trouble plunking down the cash it takes to eat at such places. I think the squeeze is becoming quite evident at such places.

    1. It's beautiful inside, very clean, post-modern. I was surprised by the price points and elegance as I thought the original concept was to be a neighborhood place that you might want to go to more than once a week. We stuck to the appetizer and salad items. It was very good most of the time. The wine list is quite interesting and well-done. You'll definitely need a reservation. We won't be back soon due to $$$.

      1. We've been twice and had good meals both visits. The first we sat outside, nothing special about the setting. Found the portions of salad and appetizers to be on the small side for the price point; but were all delicious. Second visit sat inside, much better ambiance and shared the steak and scallops. Wonderful quality and preparation. Again, found the appetizer portions to be smail and our side dish of spinach for the $$ wasn't worth it. Nice wine list with some good finds. Overall I agree, not a place to go regularly because it's just too expensive.

        1. Went there for dinner a few weeks ago. We sat at the bar and we thought the food was excellent with nice service. We had duck confit, proscuitto pizza and lobster risotto, the risotto was superb. Yes, it was a bit pricey especially the agnoletti (sp?) appetizer with serrano ham, but you could tell everything was prepared by a staff that cares. Dining room ambieance was a bit low key and a tad boring, but this is the kind of place you go to eat. I think it is a keeper!

          1. I've been twice - both times sat in the bar and was there for an appetizer or desert. On one visit had the venison tartare - because I had never even seen that on a menu before - it was awesome. My friend liked the lobster tacos, but i thought they were overrated. Had one of the pizzas (can't remember which - I think it had shrimp) and it was great too. The bartender poured very good cocktails and the wine list is good - especially b/c you can order 3 oz pours. On the second visit I had the risotto appetizer - very rich but very good and my friend had a special bread pudding dessert that she said was outstanding. The bartender offered each guest a sip of dessert wine that went especially well with the desert - which i think is a sign of very good service. I am looking forward to going back for a main course. I think that the menu will be updated regularly with seasonal ingredients.

            I'll be back...

            1. we were there last month...a very short review: A+ we both look forward to our next visit!.

              1. oddly enough, my date and I were disappointed with the place.

                The decor, ambiance was awesome with a great little bar. We started off with the pizza (shrimp, artichoke, goat cheese). It was... uninspired. The flavors didn't mesh particularly well together. For entrees, I had the bone marrow & confit of pork, and my date had the veal cheeks. Again, honestly, nothing particularly impressive. Maybe he had an off day, maybe we chose poorly. The marrow portion was dinky. Both the pork and veal cheeks were very salty.

                hopefully your mileage may vary.

                1. Update..well the first time was A+.. the second time (7/2/09) a "C". very unfortunate I was hoping for a place that we could count on. I guess it's just hit and miss. if anyone cares for the details let me know.

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                  1. re: rtv

                    > if anyone cares for the details let me know.

                    Yes, please - I was thinking of having our 25th anniv dinner ... but not if it is hit:miss.

                    1. re: rtv

                      Went there about a year and a half ago and was unimpressed (my serving of braised lamb was mostly fat, and mostly salty). Given the great reviews, will be trying it again tonight (thinking perhaps I ordered wrong? Caught them on an off night?). Hoping it will be better than a C. :p

                      1. re: jskang47

                        The second visit was much better. The charcuterie was excellent; the duck was cooked between medium rare and medium and the five-spice parsnip puree was velvety and rich. Only let downs were the french onion soup (sweet and thick like a sauce) and the donuts (heavy and still had a floury taste). Also could have done without the waiter explaining (at length) what a "seasonal menu" is. :p