The Grill in Forest Hills, NY- A Surprise Find in Capers, Rice, Cabbages, and Tandoori Bread

The Grill in Forest Hills, Queens classifies themselves as a Mediterranean restaurant. I guess that’s correct. They serve a combination of Greek food and Shish Kebab (which is more Middle Eastern for me). Amongst the restaurants in Forest Hills on a Saturday night, The Grill was not very busy at all. This would usually be a red flag but the dining experience turned out to be a surprise.Burratta: served over ripe grape tomatoes and fresh basil. Cutting into this burratta is an experience by itself. It felt very organic; had a lot of give and take like a woman. The ripe grape tomatoes and the basil sauce completed the dish by giving the Burratta the oil and the acidity. Octopus: fresh charcoal grilled octopus with authentic herbs and seasoning drizzled with fresh lemon and olive oil. This was acceptable. The best part, unfortunately, was not the octopus. Instead, it was the capers. The mistake is all the onions that were used and the complexity that was unnecessary for a fine ingredient like grilled octopus. You can even see it in the photo- too busy. Lamb Shish Kebab: tender chunks marinated with chef spices. Grilled to perfection on an open flame. This came with the Greek yellow rice and the red cabbage which turned out to be the best part. The lamb chunks were a little dry on the outer rings but acceptable.Seafood Bouillabaisse: Clams, mussels, shrimps, scallops in spicy beer broth in tandoori bread. Aha, there is a theme here. The best part, unfortunately, was not the seafood. Instead it was the tandoori bread. The beer broth was an interesting touch.

In summary, The Grill is worth a repeat visit because the food is decent and the restaurant is not too crowded. The service was both excellent and terrible, depending on who was paying attention to the customers.

On a side note, there was a “first date” happening next to my table. I felt awful for the guy because the girl was bored, picking at her nails, and looking into space. There was no conversation between the two. It was painful to watch. I wanted to intervene and say, “Time Out.”

This experience took place at

The Grill

107-12 70th Rd
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Phone:(718) 544-4600

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