The Wolf - Oakland

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Sat on the now-enclosed porch, very pleasant on a warmish evening. They turned on heaters later when it cooled off.

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foie gras, perfectly seared, nice

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soup, very good, spicier than most Mediterranean or French places would dare serve

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cavatelli, the combination of lamb and sheep cheese was great

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perfectly ripe cheese

Excellent three-hour meal, also drank Saumur and Schiopettino. The food and atmosphere have a strong family resemblance to Wood Tavern’s. Quiet, at least in that room. Great addition to the local dining options.

http://www.thewolfoakland.com/

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Thanks for the report, looks promising and good / reasonable wine list too.

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Another excellent meal. The not very photogenic onion soup was fantastic. Pork was juicy and delicious despite it being tenderloin. Rice pudding, bread pudding, and fritters were all great.

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Finally got to The Wolf last week. I though the Piedmontese ribeye was one of the best steaks I’ve had in a long run, great meat and fat, with excellent mashed potatoes and late season tomatoes – and easier could have fed two people. The chicken and duck liver mousse with the fried biscuits were insanely rich, more like dessert – but in the best way.

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Got out of a movie around 9:20 and ended up at The Wolf because they’re one of the few places on Piedmont open until 10 (Thurs.-Sat. only).

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Octopus with butter beans and hummus ($16): great dish, though I had to watch out not to get too much of the salsa verde in one bite.

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Beet salad ($9) with I think goat cheese. The not-very-acidic nectarines didn’t make much sense to me in that context.

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Duck breast with a ragout of escarole, kohlrabi, duck confit, etc. ($32): great dish. I was worried that the sauce à l’orange would be sweet, but it was a savory demi-glace sort of thing. The peel was overpowering but I just picked it off.

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Pork chop with parsnip puree ($32): perfectly cooked, another great dish.

Forgot to photograph the Langres with chipotle honey ($9), which was a surprisingly delicious combination. (I generally object to the American habit of not serving cheese plain.)

Drank a very nice Morgon ($38). Solid service. In terms of value for money, for me this is as good as it gets at the higher end of Berkeley-Oakland restaurants.

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