As first impressions go it was safe to say Wolfe’s in Covent Garden made a pretty impressive one. Described as modern European food with innovative cocktails and live music on Thursdays I was keen for a visit.
On entering, my friend and I were blown away by the décor. The bar area is so unique – think classic French, meets modern New York. Soft lighting, mirrored walls and as many top shelf spirit bottles as you could imagine. The soft cool jazz music, played by a live guitarist instantly made us feel relaxed as it filled the room, a classy touch.
The hostess took our coats and led us to very smartly dressed table perched up above the bar – perfect for watching the bar team do their thing.
Mischa our waitress explained the menu and then wasted no time in requesting our drinks. On a hot evening the only drink to start with was a gin & tonic, and in no time at all we were sipping away choosing from the gorgeous extensive menu.
To start I made a bee-line for the duck salad. Chunky pieces of duck were bursting with a light smoky flavour and balanced on fresh creamy avocado. I assumed the fruity raspberry vinaigrette was purely for decoration but it worked so well in contrast to the dark meat.
My friend opted for the tuna tartare, which looked amazing. Small fresh pieces of tuna sat on a tower of avocado, she gave it a squeeze of lime for a zingy kick. A sure-fire palate pleaser.
While finishing our starters the restaurant had really started to fill up, however the staff still made plenty of time to recommended cocktails and whip them up in minutes. First up were a couple of gin-based surprises which were fabulously presented and tasted super fruity.
Mains don’t come much better than my friend’s mature Scotch rib-eye. A great sized, impeccably cooked medium rare piece of juicy meat dominated the plate. I managed to sneak a bite, and the charred edge had so much flavour I ‘almost’ regretted my own choice.
They say you eat with your eyes and this couldn’t have been truer for my main dish. A perfectly pink piece of pan-fried salmon was lovingly placed on a pea puree with French beans and baby artichoke alongside. The salmon was so juicy and just flaked away with little pressure from my fork. A gorgeous dish.
We added a few sides. The tenderstem broccoli was tossed with garlic and chilli which gave it some real hot flavour. Of course, no steak is complete without a side of French fries and I love rocket so the salad with balsamic and parmesan was a fresh, pleasing addition.
We shared our puddings – a mountain of Eton mess with sliced strawberries and whipped cream, and a panettone tiramisu topped with mascarpone ice cream. Such pretty presentation and a perfect sweet finish. The tiramisu was especially good and really authentic (by that I mean quite boozy tasting!)
As we tucked into our final cocktails of the evening, a delicious concoctions of passion fruit and vodka, the DJ started up spinning some cool tunes giving the place an awesome atmosphere. We were shimmying in our seats until we eventually called it a night.
I’m jumping on their #WolfesOfThursday hashtag; Amazing music, great atmosphere and delicious food made for a fantastic impromptu evening. We look forward to coming back and sampling more of the menu and tasking the bar men with more surprise cocktails!
30 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5BB