Last weekend for me revolved around the amazing feels that was Metropolis – (I’m still recovering). I did however manage to squeeze in a quick bite to eat at Forno, an Italian cafe-meets-restaurant in Donnybrook village.
The plan originally was to head to The Greenery, one of my favourite nearby cafes but alas upon arrival we were too late for their brunch menu, too early for dinner (#FirstWorldProblemz).
And so we hot footed it up to nearby Forno instead, where I’d previously enjoyed the odd coffee/lunch. I love the interiors in this place – all exposed bricks and woodbeams, with an open plan/warehouse kinda vibe.
Menu wise, it’s as expected from an Italian eaterie – hanging a heavy on pizzas and pastas. However, we were craving salt and seafood (re: v. hungover), and so we went with calamari by two to start, followed by seabass by two for mains…. (Yes we hadn’t the mental capacity to think outside the box and not order identically.)
The calamari came served on a bed of rocket and cherry tomatoes… I’d have also liked a dipping sauce on the side, but hey ho. And it was pretty tasty – not the most incredible calamari in the world, but we left our plates (re: wooden boards) clean all the same. And when washed down with a chilled glass of sauvignon blanc we were loving life.
Course number two was seabass – pan fried, dosed in butter sauce and served on a bed of broad beans, crushed potatoes and flaked almonds. Divine – insanely so. The seabass fillet was cooked to absolute perfection, tasting deliciously salty – and SRSLY hitting the spot. God Damn!
For dessert, we shared profiteroles (not my choice but where was the standard Italian tirimisu, or cannoli FFS?!). The profiteroles came served as a chocolate cheesecake of sorts with profiteroles as topping. To be honest, I’m not the biggest of fan of chocolate flavoured desserts (I adore chocolate chocolate though obv). How and ever, I still managed to eat my share anyway being the martyr that I am. (Two) flat whites sealed the deal and we were good to go to get our Giorgio Morodor on…
Value wise, you’re getting all the bang for your buck at Forno… Two courses plus a glass of vino for €19.99 is pretty sweet (plus a €2 pesky seabass supplement – YOLO.)
All in all it’s worth a visit – and their brunch menu looks gorge!