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The New Neighbourhood Restaurant To Try

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With an Instagram-worthy brunch, a boozy late-dinner menu, a cool female chef, pasta to die for, and enviable interiors, Stoke Newington’s WOLF restaurant is proof that not all great foodie finds are in Central London. SheerLuxe headed to N16 to try out the new opening... 

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Who’s behind it? In an industry full of men, it’s refreshing to see that WOLF owner Anthony DiFrancesco has brought female chef Karla Knowles on board to head up the kitchen. With a background that includes renowned Richmond restaurant Petersham Nurseries – now something of a London institution – you can expect quality produce and honest plates to be high on her priorities list. And she more than delivers.
 
The vibe… Italian-inspired WOLF is the kind of restaurant that has it all, whether you celebrate with long, lazy, laughter-filled lunches over unapologetic plates (there’s no scrimping on fresh pasta, glugs of oil or heaps of burrata here), a place to meet with girlfriends for a (slightly) more wholesome weekend brunch, or go to prop up the bar for an impromptu midweek Aperol and small plates.
 
Where? Sat in the heart of Stoke Newington, with L'Antica (supposedly London’s best pizza) and Il Bacio (an N16 stalwart) for neighbours, WOLF adds yet another slice of Italy to leafy North East London.

What to order… WOLF’s menu celebrates the Italian way of eating so expect plates intended to be shared and savoured. The burrata, a mainstay on the menu, is a must for starters, alongside the crab salad with fennel, radicchio and orange, or the refined take on classic fritto miso. Order the full list of antipasti for the table and tuck in. For mains, we had genuinely one of the best pasta dishes London has to offer – beef cheek pappardelle – which was mop-every-last-morsel-up-with-bread type good.

In keeping with WOLF’s seasonal ethos, the menu changes regularly, but expect to see classics such as butcher’s steak with rocket and salsa verde or veal chop with brown butter capers, anchovy and lemon.
 
What about interiors? Playing into the coolest interiors trends, the food has the ideal backdrop for any Instagrams you wish to take. Think Farrow & Ball paint, brass pendant lighting, honeycomb floors and hanging botanicals.
 
Everyone’s talking about brunch… It’s no secret every Londoner’s favourite thing to do come the weekend is brunch, and WOLF have just launched theirs for foodies. Served up on Saturday and Sunday, 9am – 4pm, the leisurely breakfast with an Italian twist boasts everything from polenta pancakes with persimmon jam and mascarpone to baked gorgonzola with chargrilled focaccia, rhubarb chutney and lemon for those fully embracing cheat day. Those with a little more restraint will be pleased to hear there are lighter options, too, such as nut granola served with nespole fruit and orange blossom yoghurt.

Make it bottomless with WOLF’s alternative to a Bloody Mary – the Bloody Sinora infused with the team’s own horseradish and tomato vine vodka – for £17, or the Arancia Spritz for £18 – blood orange, basil infused gin, prosecco and soda.
 
The small print… As much as WOLF’s food won us over, the service was a little shaky and we did wait a long time for our food. A free dessert without even having to complain however did somewhat soften the blow.
 
The damage… WOLF’s prices are reasonable with small plates starting at £6, pasta at £8.50 and mains all under £20. There’s also a four-course tasting menu available for just £40.
 
Anything else? Switch off at the sound of N16? You’ll be thrilled to hear WOLF have opened a sister site, WOLF II, in the City. The Broadgate-based site has a more relaxed feel offering takeaway breakfasts until 11am, transforming into a pasta bar until 5pm and serving up after-work aperitivos come sundown.

WOLF, 110 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7NY, Tuesday- Friday 6pm-11pm, Saturday 10am-11pm and Sunday 10am – 9pm

Call 020 7254 4141, email [email protected] or visit Wolf-Restaurant.co.uk

 

 

 

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