Wolf.

A2 Rating Scale (out of 5):

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Likeliness to Return: fork-knife-blk-whitefork-knife-blk-whitefork-knife-blk-whitefork-knife-blk-white

 

THE BASICS:

WHAT: Marcel Vigneron’s ‘Wolf’ — you remember, the rude dude from Top Chef.

WHERE:  On Melrose almost at Fairfax — so Weho

WHEN:  We checked out the dinner scene but after perusing the brunch menu, that’s next on the docket. Dinner Tues-Sat 6PM-10PM, Brunch Sat & Sun 10AM-3PM. Closed Mondays!

 

THE DISH:

WHAT’S IN A NAME: At Wolf, they practice “zero-waste cooking by using every edible part of the product” — you know, kindof like a Wolf does.

WHAT TO ORDER: Hamachi Crudo ($18) with nuoc cham, kumquats, radich, herbs and puffed rice had the perfect combinations of sweet and tangy with smooth and crunchy. I only wish there were more than two pieces. The Roast Chicken ($26) with cipollini, bagna cauda, escarole, salsify and celery root was perfection. The chicken was perfectly cooked and all the little sides (not even sure what half of them were) only further enhanced all of the flavors. Lastly, the Crispy potatoes ($10) with chive aioli, rosemary and horseradish (I know, surprise surprise I ordered potatoes), but for 10$ and a description by the waiter including the words freezing, heating, nitrogen and 10 different temperatures, we had to give these babies a shot. And while they tasted slightly like really fucking well done hashbrowns/roasted potatoes, they are a necessity when dining here. Even a certain someone not normally down with the potato game was SUPER into these. When it’s good, it’s good.

WHAT TO SKIP: The castelvetrano olives ($6) with preserved lemon, rosemary and harissa were fine but save your $6 here and go to the farmer’s market for your olive cravings. The braised beef cheek ($28) with jerusalem artichoke, turmeric, peppercorn sauce and baby chicory was bomb.com but too rich for one person to fully enjoy the whole portion. If you NEED to try this (sometimes you just need some cheek in your life), get it for the table or swap with your partner halfway through. #teamworkmakesthedreamwork.

THAT VIBE THOUGH:  The space is small and intimate and there was a slightly vaudeville-like feel with the drop down circular light fixtures and the glass bar. Totally into it.

GOOD FOR: Date night. date night. date night. And maybe dinner with your best girlfriend. Can’t speak for brunch but with the dim lights and intimate feel, this place is definitely made for the woo-ers and woo-ees.

WHO YOU’LL SEE: Couples, friends, and foodies trying to see what the talk is about.

WHAT TO WEAR:  I mean, I’m not trying to tell you who to date or how to act so do YOU. But if someone’s spending the time/money to take you here, probably look good. Unless it’s like the third date and you still haven’t kissed because then we know you’re just there for the food — NOT speaking from experience or anything!

WHERE TO PARK:  Valet or metered street parking.

EDDR LIFE LESSON: Talent is talent. Even though Marcel is known as the Top Chef douche, the food is good so the place is packed. Not condoning rude behavior but if you’re good at what you do, you can get away with a lot.

AFINAL THOUGHT:  In the words of the wolf “all the better to eat you with.” Brunch – Come at me.

Looking to make friends with Little Red Riding Hood and more importantly, the huntsman,

Alie

Wolf ↔ 7661 Melrose Ave, LA, CA 90046 ↔ 323-424-7735

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