Not just another Italian restaurant
London is saturated with restaurants and a whole bunch of those are Italian. There are only a handful of restaurants where I have thought that the food is on par with my travels through Italy. Lucky for me, WOLF is definitely one of them.
WOLF is situated on Stoke Newington High Street with a modern and light interior with smaller and larger tables as well as coves with sofas and bar stools. They pride themselves on being a neighbourhood restaurant focusing on local produce and building relationships with their customers – my kind of place.
Their fish is sourced from the family run fishmongers Sutton and Sons opposite WOLF and they make their own vodkas, gins and infusions in house and love experimenting with the cocktail menu making it sound out from the rest.
Brunch / lunch menu
We visited on a weekend so were spoilt for choice with the brunch and lunch menu – WOLF have clearly spent time considering the best seasonal produce and what works well on the menu by narrowing it down to 5 or 6 choices (Gordon Ramsey would be proud!)
We had the Fennel Sausage with Deep Fried Egg, Flat Gnocchi & Caramelised Tropea Onions from the brunch menu – I loved that it was different from more generic brunch dishes and the sausage was so flavoursome. We also chose the Bucaatini with Venison Shin Porcini Ragu & Parmesan and Truffle Potatoes with Parmesan, Rosemary and Truffle Oil from the ‘Plates’ menu – this was seriously good – perfect al dente pasta with a decent portion of delicious ragu.
As I mentioned above, the cocktail menu was really impressive, focusing on the homemade gin and infusions and, given it was Christmas, we definitely deserved a little tipple. The Mora Nicolino Homemade apple and blackberry gin, lemon, cloudy apple juice, pear and blackberry puree and the Fresco Cetriolo Wolf’s gin infusion, elderflower liquor and lime were both so fresh and tasty. Instead of dessert we had two more cocktails – a twist on an espresso martini with mezcal and the Zucca Sour – Wolf’s Spiced Pumpkin Vodka, lemon, egg white and syrup, which were fantastic.
Instead of trying different cocktails you could also make your brunch bottomless for £18 with the choice of Wolf’s twist on a Gin Spritz, Bellini or Bloody Mary.
WOLF is absolutely worth a visit with fantastic food at reasonable prices and a lovely ambiance with attentive and friendly service.
Also check out WOLF’s pop up in Broadgate Circle by Liverpool Street!