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|Address:||41 Beak Street, London W1F 9SB|
|Tel:||020 7734 4479|
|Price: £31.00||Wine: £17.00||Champagne: £66.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-11pm (Sun -4pm)|
8 of 9 people found this review helpful.
How can anywhere that has a dish on its menu at £1.10 be bad? I mean, for the same price as a packet of reconstituted, deep fried, hydrogenated pork rind in your local Slug's Head & Vomit, you get anchovies with chick peas in a terrific restaurant in Soho. Well, an anchovy anyway.
The place itself looks a bit distressed; not in a mental anguish way, just in a “you know that a really trendy designer has spent an awful lot of money to make it look as though nobody bothered to spend any money on it” kind of way. And it works supremely well. The tables are small and close together, but, with the old school chairs, mismatched cutlery and glass tumblers for the wine, the whole works together well, when any on their own would just be naff.
As well as the £1.10 anchovy, the pizetta bianca (sort of thin crust pizza-with-white-cheese bits) was excellent, and I was given a second (unbidden for and gratis) helping when they saw that my companion was late and I was saving a piece for her. Polpette (meatballs to you and me) was also good and the fritto misto not at all greasy.
The wine list is not too long, and has about half of the bottles available by 250ml and 500ml sizes, all of which are well priced, with only a few breaking into the £30+ range. In addition, the prosecco is available by the glass as well, and well worth it as a £5.00 alternative to the over-inflated champagne in most other restaurants.
The service is unhurried and friendly (I think we were served by the owner). The dishes are served as prepared, rather than in a set starter, main course way, and are perfect for sharing. Even though we ordered a fair number of plates, the bill was far less than you often get with this style of food, where the danger of over-ordering many small dishes is great (think sushi or tapas).
This is not a destination restaurant, in the same way that Bocca de Lupo has become, and I am sure that people will compare the two, but, other than that they both serve excellent Italian food, they are poles apart. If you care about appearances, have a large expense account or work in media, go to the Wolf. If you like a smaller, fun place where you don't have to take a second mortgage out, come here.