The chef is very creative
The chef is very creative in developing unique dishes with traditional ingredients. The waitstaff was very knowledgeable of the menu and how the food was prepared.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Forest Grill revised and great
The new chef and menu are amazing! The duck specials were terrific and they have a good wine list--in that you can find a nice wine for a reasonable price.
The new concept of some small plate offerings make great sense
WE will bring back a gang!
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was not tasteful
The food was not tasteful at all. The prawns were undercooked, the rest of the meal was lacking. Very limited menu and be prepared for a long dining experience. Staff was nice and table was great, got seated very quickly. We've been here several times and it is usual very good food.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was very tasty! I had
Food was very tasty! I had duck breast, and it was delicious! The letdown for me was the creme brûlée. It had the thickest layer of burnt sugar on top :^( It's supposed to be delicately thin! And if it's thin it doesn't have to be burned to caramelise the sugar.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a big party there.
We had a big party there. Everything was nice, but the service. They barely refilled the wines if you don't ask them. Normally, they will serve breads, but this time we have to ask for(our entrees already came out). Maybe, they were busy...
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
New chef and be menu!
I was wary of the new menu as I was a fan of several items on the original menu. I was not disappointed though! The lunch menu is abbreviated but has such creative choices. The salad options are lovely and unique. There is a lot to select from if you eat meat, which I do not. The choices for vegetarians are limited, but everything I had was perfect! I can't wait to return. (Chef even delivered our choices to our table and said hello!)
4/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great appetizer - the Farm
Great appetizer - the Farm Egg.
Wonderful fresh fish entrees.
Best Hummer in town.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
One to remember...
All in, one of the best dining experiences I've had in the state of Michigan. Exceptional food, consistent and attentive service, and a balanced, relaxed atmosphere that is missing in most fine dining establishments.
I thoroughly enjoyed each item we sampled from the menu (though the preparation of the olive oil poached black cod with fava bean ragout stands out). I imagine that I would've felt similarly had I ordered completely blind. The menu was that well executed.
Very highly recommended.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Yet again we were transported by the chef's extraordinary menu. We had the assorted charcuterie, lamb, veal and cod. It is amazing to eat so many dishes and not be able to say which is "best" when each is perfect.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good, interesting food
Very good, interesting food with small portions. Nice and quiet for talking with our friends.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We've celebrated a number of special occasions at the Forest Grill and have never been disappointed. The atmosphere and dining experience make for a pleasant and satisfying evening.
4/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were very pleasantly surprised
We were very pleasantly surprised upon our return to Forest Grill after a long absence. The drinks are still too small, but not as bad as they used to be, and the portions are larger and more worth the cost. The food is delicious. The Farm Egg is not to be missed. I could have licked the plate! Also noteworthy was the halibut in parchment and the strip steak. The server was also helpful and friendly and the wine list offered some reasonably priced selections.
4/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great meal
Duck for 2 - lavender honey glazed with fennel and brulee grapefruit - what is not to like? Appetizers do not disappoint. Everything is fresh and memorable. The service fits a great evening of food and wine. Servers are knowledgeable about the menu and the wine choices. Lots of great by-the-glass options. Great for a special occasion or just a great meal. Once you have dined here, it will make it to your favorite list.
Valet parking is also available.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Watch the help...
Food was amazing. Waitress belonged more at a diner than at Forest Grill. Nice person but when ordering an Orin Swift wine and the waitress replies "Now which one is that again hon?", you know she either needs to be better trained or replaced.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
New Chef & GM = Wow!
The new chef and general manager have stepped up the game. The food is amazing and even better than before. If you love food, you will love Forest Grill. This is a Michelin star like cuisine! Bravo.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner with Friends
We went to the Forest Grill to celebrate dinner. Our waiter did a great job recommending different appetizers and entrees. All of the food was excellent, but I did not feel like it was worth the money.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Forest Grille is a quality, friendly, somewhat fancy-pants neighborhood restaurant that takes care of its customers. Because it's not a food factory like the big steak houses there's not a huge selection but specialize in all fresh, creative recipes that are nicely presented. The clientele is a bit older with some arty types mixed in and definitely not kid-friendly all making for a pleasant and quiet experience.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great and Interesting Food
Third time at this restaurant. Very interesting menu and food was well presented and tasted great. Would definitely return but only with guests who are into different types of food.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had waited a few months
We had waited a few months for the new chef to settle in after a couple of disappointing meals during the transition. This dinner was much better, and the menu has filled out. We had the duck, halibut, and pork belly, all of which were well prepared and delicious. The new chef's style is much simpler than Chef David's - really no sauces and very pared down accompaniments but much better overall.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
We took a chance and returned to Forest Grill for our anniversary dinner despite being underwhelmed on our last few visits. Our server a young blonde woman whose name escapes me was spectacular. We normally are very decisive when ordering and want/need little help in choosing our menu. In this case our server's snthusiasm was contagious and we allowed her to help us choose and didn't regret it. The food was the best I have ever had at Forest Grill. Congrats to the new chef and management. We can't wait to go back.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chef Brian always scores high
Very creative menu (could use a few more options, like adding a chicken protein and a another beef entree). service was god although the kitchen got hit hard with three large parties so there was a 30 minute lag between appetizer and entree.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We are not easy customers - Vegan, allergic to mushrooms, berries, and melons and we came to The Forest Grill on a whim with no notice (and no prep time). Chef, Nick Janutol ,and server, Lindsay rose to the challenge and delivered a superb, off the menu, meal.
Our first course was a lovely endive, orange, & asparagus citrus salad. Crisp, light, just a touch of dressing, a perfect starter.
Our main course was phenomenal - tempura squash blossoms, roasted red pepper & tomato confit. Tasty, unusual, innovative.
Dessert was simple and delicious - black mission figs in lime and mint syrup.
Service was top notch. Both Chef Janutol and the manager checked in with us throughout the evening.
This meal exceeded our expectations!
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good local gem
A very creative menu. Had the watermelon and cucumber salad which was excellent, very flavorful combination. For an entree, I had the salmon, which was under seasoned, but the squash blossoms were excellent. My husband had the sirloin, which he really liked and the potato cannoli was fabulous. The wine menu was almost too large, and they had a nice selection of dessert wines and port. Desserts were all wonderful, refreshing and light.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
New chef reenergizes
The new young chef at Forest Grill is bringing some great new menu ideas and executes them very well. We had a whole duck for two and it was prepared and presented perfectly.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service were wonderful. The manager was very attentive and informative. I cannot wait to come back.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were pleasantly surprised at how great this restaurant is. While we expected the food to be good based on what we had read, we loved the fact that we could talk and hear each other without yelling, and that the wait staff were well informed and helpful, but not intrusive. It was a great evening.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
simple and excellent
the menu is limited to what they can prepare well. Start off with the charcuterie and then consider the dinner for two. we had the trout. It was perfect. the wine list had some good pairing by the glass. If you have a group, I would start to explore the bottle service. overall a great dinner. we'll be back.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dessert was the best part!
My husband and I dined here on a Saturday evening in July and sat outside. The atmosphere was great and the food was good. Our server was somewhat new and was very nice but some of the service seemed a bit slow. We weren't sure why they didn't serve us bread BEFORE the appetizers came out, as we had to ask for it. My pasta appetizer was too oily but otherwise had a nice flavor. My husband enjoyed his charcuterie tray of meats. The entrees that we ordered were both good - the halibut and the salmon - but the best was the dessert! The lemon dessert had the perfect flavor inside a flaky crust that was topped with berries - one of the best desserts I have ever had! My husband also enjoyed his chocolate dessert which was served in a coffee cup.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the new menu. Despite
Love the new menu. Despite new more casual look service is as good as ever.
It is a great place for a quiet meal.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for dinner. Lovely atmosphere and wonderful service! Well prepared, delicious and beautifully presented food! Highly recommend this restaurant!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed salad and appetizer. Cucumber watermelon salad was light and flavorful. We both had the Columbia River Salmon which was cooked perfectly and had a light seasoning. The deserts were bursting with fruit favors and creaminess. Yum!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
much improved menu all very
much improved menu all very good. i wish they hadnt opened up the bar, it seems to have lost its coziness otherwise definitely a great restaurant
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We liked the modern ambience and enjoyed the very good food. The fisch dishes were especially good.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent dining experience
There are interesting menu choices and excellent service. Our dinners were delicious and beautifully presented.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
I like the atmosphere, the service is great, so is the food. A must go!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent knowledgeable and
Excellent knowledgeable and friendly service, with an outstanding and reasonably priced wine list and good availability by the glass.Imaginative and outstandingly presented food items, especially the charcuterie, but extending to the whole menu.
The ambience is conducive to a delightful evening, even for the jaded and world weary. We were preceded into the restaurant by a gentleman who was somewhat disturbed that he was slighted somehow by the booking process, which for us was very smooth and accurate. His demands were immediately dealt with and his quick progress to another part of the room left us in a great situation with our guests for the evening. All in all outstanding and highly recommendable.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner on 9/20
I dined with a party of three on Friday 9/20. It was my reccomendation to two other friends of mine. Our experience was fantastic! The food was great, the service was excellent (im so ashamed I dont remember the girl's name) Our server knew everything about the menu and the food, and was very passionate about the food and the how the chefs prepare it. We ordered 6 appetizers between the three of us, then split the Duck for two (plated for 3). We then finished with three desserts. Everything was excellent, and nothing underwhelmed.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great menu, knowledgeable staff, overall a very good experience
10/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
overall fantastic dinner, Lindsey chose a great wine for us and was very personable. will go back.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was delicious.
Everything was delicious. We enjoyed the appetizers, especially the Egg in a nest. Our dinners were wonderful.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A larger menu with more entrees
A larger menu with more entrees would be welcome. There is a varied selection but not many choices in each of the good categories.great wine and beer selection
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very attractive space. Great ambiance. No nonsense service. Interesting menu - if not a little too precious. Quality was excellent. I prefer my meals less haute/nouvelle. Definitely high on presentation. I will recommend to others.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
great evening with new family
we brought our daughter's new husband and his parents who were in visiting from NYC. they really enjoyed the food and the choices.
the service, our server was joseph, was excellent, attentive, and professional.
a great place for a great dinner and the noise level is really under control. a big plus for us.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still the Best
My wife and I had dinner at Forest Grill to celebrate my birthday, and every one of our dishes was outstanding. The service was impeccable. They recently changed head chefs but, in our opinion, continue to be the best restaurant in Birmingham MI.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyable evening out nice
Enjoyable evening out nice food, good service, and nice atmosphere
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM