SMALL PLATES



SHOESTRING FRIES 

WITH GARLIC AIOLI  $8

 

MT ZERO OLIVES & FLAT BREADS $15

 

SELECTION OF 3 DIPS & SOURDOUGH $15

 

CRUNCHY POPCORN CHICKEN

WASABI MAYO AND FRESH LEMON $14

 

GRILLED CORN

PARMESAN & SMOKED BUTTER $9

 

NACHOS

LOADED WITH BLACK BEANS, TOMATO SALSA, GUACAMOLE, SOUR CREAM, CHEDDAR, JALAPENO POPPERS $16

 

TRIO OF SLIDERS

FRIED CHICKEN, PULLED PORK, REUBEN $22

 

SALT & PEPPER SQUID

CUCUMBER, MINT, CORIANDER SALAD & VIETNAMESE DRESSING $14

 

SOUTHERN-FRIED CHICKEN WINGS 

SMOKEY BOURBON BARBEQUE SAUCE &

HOT SAUCE  $14

QUESADILLAS 

SPICED CHICKEN, JALAPENOS, CORIANDER PESTO, AVOCADO & SOUR CREAM $14

CURED MEATS BOARD

(CHEF’S SELECTIONS)  $20

 

 

 

SALADS

SPRING SALAD- CUCUMBER, RADISH, PEAS, MIXED SALAD LEAVES & MUSTARD DRESSING

$8

QUINOA SALAD- POACHED PEARS, SUNFLOWER SEEDS, DANISH FETA, PEAS CANDIED WALNUTS, PARSLEY AND BASIL PESTO DRESSING

$19

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MAINS

RIB EYE (350g)
MASH POTATO, CARROT PUREE, MIXED MUSHROOMS & BLACK PEPPER SAUCE
$36

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TOMOTO & MOZZARELLA ARANCINI
PARMESAN,  PEPPER COULIS, BITTER LEAF SALAD & BASIL DRESSING
$23

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WOLF’S CHICKEN PARMIGIANA
GREEN SALAD & SHOESTRING FRIES
$25

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FISH AND CHIPS
BEER BATTERED FISH, TARTARE SAUCE, LEMON AND FRIES
$24

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WOLF’S BEEF BURGER
CHEDDAR, TOMATO, HOUSE BURGER SAUCE, RED ONION LETTUCE, MILK BUN, AIOLI & SHOE STRING FRIES
$24

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STEAMED LOCAL BAY MUSSELS
GARLIC, WHITE WINE, PARSLEY AND GRILLED FOCACCIA BREAD
$19

STEAKS

RIB EYE (350G)

PAN FRIED KIPFLERS, KING-BROWN MUSHROOM & RED WINE JUE
$36

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DESSERTS

STICKY DATE PUDDING

CARAMEL SAUCE & VANILLA ICE CREAM

$14

-

VANILLA CREME BRULEE

$14

-

SELECTION OF HOUSE ICE CREAMS

$10

The Wolf & I is the perfect place for your next event, Located in the heart of Windsor on Chapel Street.

Presenting a contemporary fit-out combining the best of old and new. With the Scandinavian-inspired interior, fresh modern Australian food with a Scandinavian twist and the promise of Melbourne’s coldest beer on tap this is the perfect modern pub with a quirky twist. One wall displays a collection of vintage Singer sewing machines and a little more out of the ordinary our life-sized mannequin sculptures with deer and wolf heads. All together it is the perfect place for your upcoming events, Christmas parties and receptions from 20 people to 200. Please find following details about our spaces, menus and pricing. A deposit is required within 14 days of a tentative reservation. We also require the completed booking agreement form, which is attached with our terms and conditions. We pride ourselves on tailoring functions to suit specific needs and requirements and an attention to detail that will make your next event perfect.

The Spaces

‘Singer’ Corner

Situated against our feature wall of antique sewing machines, this is the ideal space for stand-up cocktail style events. On sunny days, glass doors are opened onto the street allowing for the perfect indoor/outdoor event experience. The Singer Corner has a capacity for up to 25 guests standing or 12 guests sit down. Available for lunch and dinner. Please note this is not a private room.

 

Library Room – The Wolf Upstairs

The Library Room is the perfect environment for an intimate dinner or stand up cocktail event, replete with plush banquettes, antique furnishings, an ornate ceilings this area lends a touch of old world charm to smaller events or celebratory drinks with close friends and family.

Capacity: 30 persons

Maximum 20 guests for sit down dining (2 tables sitting 10 each) or 30 guests for standing

Chandelier Room – The Wolf Upstairs

Located next to the Library Room, this area can accommodate up to 30 people for sit down dining or 70 standing for cocktail style events.

Comprising two one of a kind Milanese designed chandeliers suspended from the ornate vaulted ceiling, luxurious lounges, chesterfield armchairs and two grand banquet tables fashioned from locally sourced reclaimed wood. Access to our separate cocktail bar.

Capacity: 70 persons

Minimum 30 guests for sit down dining or 70 guests for standing

Separate toilet facilities are located upstairs, please note that there is no disabled access to our upstairs space.

Exclusive Venue Hire

The Wolf & I can be hired out for exclusive use on approval of Venue Management.

Please contact our Events Coordinator to organize your next event at events@thewolfandiwindsor.com.au.

For more information and to download the full Function Pack, please click here.

On Consumption

Individual accounts can be set up to suit your requirements. Choose from our range of beers, wines and spirits. A credit card will be required on the night until settlement of the account at the conclusion of the function.

Bar Tab

A pre-paid nominated amount can be placed on a bar tab with selected beverages or an open bar.

Cash Bar

You can opt for a cash bar where your guests pay for their own beverages.

Coming out of the post parma #200 stupor, I was keen to back the weekend up with something of quality – it’d be a shame to back up such an epic weekend with a disappointing, processed, turd of a parma – So this week I did some research! Asked the interwebs for suggestions, delved into my archives of emails and one name continued to pop up – The Wolf & I in Windsor, For a pub that has only been open for just on 2 years (a baby in Melbourne pub standards) word seemed to have spread like wildfire.

Some pictures online looked pretty good, although they can be misleading, so I set the date and last night we headed down to check it out.

Just a warning – as we discovered last night, trying to get a carpark on Chapel Street at 7pm on a Thursday seems to require some sort of divine intervention, as we had to park miles away, but the atmosphere on Chapel is always entertaining – so the walk was a breeze.

We arrived at the Wolf & I to find (not unexpectedly) a very busy front bar. We rushed through to the bistro at the back rather quickly so I didn’t get to really soak up the atmosphere of the front area – but from a cursory glance it looked pretty good. Absolutely loved the tables printed with aerial photos of Melbourne like a real-world Google Maps. Definitely worth a good 10 minutes of distraction – You’ve gotta love an entertaining table.

We took our seats in the bistro out the back, checked the menu and spied our target…

We were set – but as an unexpected bonus the very helpful waitress made us aware of the night’s special –

Lock. it. in. Eddie.

It’s also worth noting that The Wolf & I also offers $15 burgers and parmas from 12 – 3 Monday to Friday … You’d almost have to go out of your way to pay full price for this bird.

We ordered, discussed the news of the day, and about 10 – 15 minutes later our parmas arrived from the kitchen.

First up I apologise for the sub-par photos this week, they do not do this parma justice at all and I will endeavour to get back to the Wolf & I soon and take some better photos. Watch this space.

The schnitzel was outstanding – I thought it looked a little small when it first hit the table but I didn’t realise that the full chicken breast it was crafted from had barely been hammered before crumbing – if at all, leaving an enormous, kiev-thickness parma in front of me (seriously, check out the cross section below, it was at least an inch thick for the majority). The thickness resulted in a juicy, pure white chicken breast that retained its heat for the entire time I was eating it. Crumbing was minimal and crunchy, all in all an outstanding foundation to the dish.

The toppings were superb, and I’m going to jump straight to the absolute superstar – The ham.

I could smell it as soon as the plate hit the table, the minute that smokey aroma hit my nostrils I knew it was going to be a good parma. The ham was freshly shaved off the bone, just like christmas dinner, was liberally applied (they weren’t tight with it at all) and absolutely delicious.

The napoli and cheese, while perfectly fine in their own right, took a back seat with the toppings as the ham took center stage. On the subject of the other toppings, the cheese was perfectly cooked, I believe it was straight mozzarella, but it could have been a blend, and the napoli served its purpose well – although if I had to criticise I’d say I would have liked a tiny bit more of the red stuff.

I’m gonna say this up front, and if you read this website often you probably already know, but I’m not a fan of shoestring fries with a parma. Or in general. They go cold far too quickly and are a pain in the ass to eat in general – No matter if you put them in a mini fry basket or separate bowl (as the Wolf & I did) they’ll always be maccas chips in my eyes.

That being said, The Wolf & I did maccas chips well – Big serving, in aforementioned separate bowl, they could have been seasoned a bit more, but there was salt & pepper on the table that made short work of that – We asked the waitress for some tomato sauce and she came back with both sauce and garlic aioli – massive bonus there!

Leafy green garden salad on the side kept it simple but proved a lovely accompaniment to the dish. Separate bowl kept everything crisp and fresh, the cucumber carried a crunch and it was liberally coated with a delicious balsamic dressing – proof that you don’t have to do a lot with a salad for it to be enjoyable.

As I said we picked up this parma on their Thursday night special for $20 flat with a free pint of Boags or glass of wine, Outstanding value there if you can get it, but to be honest I’d be completely happy paying full price for this parma – you pay for quality and the regular price of $24 is completely reasonable for what you get, visiting on either a Thursday night or Lunch Monday to Friday (15 bucks, no pint though) only sweetens the deal.

I had suspicions that The Wolf & I would be good, but I never expected it to be this good. If the sides had’ve been only slightly better they’d be in contention for top spot. Absolutely outstanding parma and easily the best we have come across this year (so far, at least). So power off your PC, close your laptop, press the little button at the top right of your phone, whatever you have to do to turn off the screen and get your ass to The Wolf & I as soon as possible – You won’t regret it.

  • Plentiful ham shaved off the bone
  • Pure, unbelievably thick chicken breast
  • Simple yet effective salad
  • Garlic aioli & tomato sauce on request
  • Shoestring fries went cold quickly
Parma – 9.17
Chips – 6.30
Salad – 7.50
Value – 9.07
Total – 8.24
The search continues…

Wolf and I wiggles into Windsor Posted by Taryn Hunter 06. Sep, 2012

The Windsor end of Chapel street has always been the little brother to its high-flying South Yarra sibling; a little bit grimy and rough around the edges. Well the times are a changin’ and the southern end of Chapel is starting to spruce up. Once known for its rough-as-guts patrons and parmas, The Swan Hotel has been transformed into Windsor’s newest restaurant, Wolf and I. This gastro-pub is the lovechild of friends Jannick Zester and Steve Pownell, who have enlisted chef Daniel Bloom to guide them through their first foray in hospitality. Bar stools and long wooden counter tops fill the large entry space, while out back there’s communal benches with that post industrial look Melbourne can’t seem to get enough of. Brick, steel and white-washed timber give the space a sleek finish, with kitschy flourishes like the pair of beer-swilling deer means Wolf and I doesn’t really take itself too seriously. While the menu pays homage its pub heritage with parmas, burgers and man-sized steaks – the boys have added a Scandinavian twist. To whet your palate the kitchen offers up starters such as Gravlax with herb salad and rye bread crisps ($17), and Coffin Bay oysters ($15/$20). If you’re looking to indulge in some more substantial, there’s the Stjerneskud (Flounder Shooting Star) with Danish rye bread, salad leaves, marie rose dressing, shrimps, flying fish roe & asparagus ($29). With summer sips just around the corner, the Wolf and I might just become a Scandinavian Sunday stalwart at the not-so-shabby end of Chapel Street.

Thursday 26th September

Taking a pub with a rough reputation, long known as a place to avoid, and turning it into a place for the community to embrace is a big challenge, even for the savviest of developers.

When you’re new to hospitality it may qualify for insanity, but such is the vision of Jannick Zester (owner of fashion retail shops Dansk) and his business partner Steve Powell who have taken over the Swan Hotel on Chapel Street in Windsor and turned it into The Wolf & I. Both business partners are new to hospitality, but their intention and vision is clear: this ain’t a rough pub anymore. The Wolf & I, a name coined by Zester’s girlfriend during a brainstorming session, is a clean but textured space. Designed by Zester, it features plenty of bare bricks, white walls and striking artwork by photo artist Jacki Stockdale. One wall in the front bar is dedicated to vintage Singer sewing machines and two deer mannequins are moved around the room to assume positions at the bar or a table. Head Chef Daniel Groom has created a menu with Scandinavian influences as well as sturdy traditional pub food, which means you’ll see Frikadeller (Danish meatballs) and Gravad laks (cured salmon) alongside Wolf’s Chicken Parmigiana or a dish of pork and fennel sausages. The aim is to keep a good pub feel (TV screens remain in the front bar for watching sport), while accommodating the local, urban audience with quality food in a sharp, inviting space. Now that the bar and dining room are open, the next stage of The Wolf & I is an upstairs outdoor area and large function rooms, due to open in about six months time.

By Hilary McNevin, 10th September 2012

The Swan becomes a Wolf as two savvy operators take the old Swan Hotel on Chapel Street and give it a serious refurb.

Nov 2012

The Wolf and I sits on Chapel St down in Windsor where once the rough and ready Swan Hotel resided. This brand new classy little gastropub is a ripper, with a fit-out that looks brilliant and great food coming out of the kitchen.

The Venue

The Wolf and I sits in prime position on Chapel St down the southern end almost opposite the infamous Borsch, Vodka & Tears. In terms of location, it’s hard to think of better as this pub is placed down south in the grungy, trendy ‘not so much fake glamour’ end of Chapel – a short stroll from both Windsor and Prahran train stations where there is a bit of character. Speaking of character, this place has loads of it. From the outside, the Wolf & I is classy in its simplicity, conjuring up images of new beach houses in Portsea or Lorne. Its grey-white exterior is emblazoned with golden wood around the entrances that makes the place feel warm and inviting and the tables that sit just outside the fold-open doors brings a spacious and summery feel. Once you step in, the Wolf doesn’t disappoint. A classy interior (exposed wood, bricks and white-washed walls) gives it such a Melbourne/San Francisco feel to it, all class and ‘old-made-new’. Adorning the walls you will find all sorts of interesting paraphernalia – not so much clutter, but rather like the place has a soul. The Wolf is still a pub so it doesn’t surprise that the main bar area with high tables and a plasma TV is up front just off the sidewalk and the dining room is down deeper into the venue.

The Crowd

The Wolf & I is a hit with both the locals and wider audience both day and night. Busiest nights are your Fridays and Saturdays (obviously), but they see a steady stream of diners in for both lunch and dinner most nights and crank it up a notch post dinner on the weekends with the young and pretty crowd being entertained by a DJ. This place is not grungy in the slightest, so mind what you wear or else you’ll feel a little out of place.

The Food

The menu on offer at the Wolf is classy but simple, catering for both a discerning diner and a group of friends looking for a nice meal together. Somehow they got a reasonable balance on prices too – a big plus. Looking the options on the menu, their lamb shepherds pie jumped out and looked delicious as did the Barramundi ($20 – $30 range on mains), but their sharing plates and bar snacks were the heros (think mini burgers, pork belly or king prawns to share – all under $16). On our visit we went straight for the chicken parmigiana (our Pubstars yardstick). Being honest, i enjoyed one of the best parmas i have had in months, albeit it took a while to actually turn up. The parmigiana came out on its own plate which i thought was a little odd, but was backed in by crunchy fries and crisp salad drizzled in a sweet balsamic jus, each in their separate bowls. The Parma itself was tender and full of flavour, definitely worth its $22 price tag.

The Drinks

This pub has half a dozen taps and at least half would supply a craft beer. Rather than you’re standard CUB beers, you will also find brands like Asahi and Boags on tap which is a welcome change. In terms of spirits, the bartenders were ready and able to conjure up cocktails and to be honest, i didn’t get a look at the wine list, immersed as i was in my meal.

Something Else?

It seems that the Wolf also does live music and breakfast (to clarify – not together). Over the weekend you can expect to see someone with a guitar in their hands crooning to the crowds in the afternoon before dinner takes over, and it’s nice to know that if you end up in the area the next morning you can head back to the scene of the crime for smoked salmon or blueberry pancakes.

In the End

With summer now upon us, the Wolf and I is guaranteed to become a go-to venue for the locals of Prahran and its surrounds, whether it be for brekky or a big night. Get in before the place packs out.

About the author

Teddy Smiles

Ted is a born and bred Melbourne boy currently working and residing in the inner eastern suburbs of Melbourne. When he isn’t working on new websites, you’ll find him at the local pub: hence why he writes for Pubstars.

Its the Wolf. It’s the Wolf and I!

Let this new Windsor pub in

Naming things seems such fun. Babies, cats, dogs…and venues. The Wolf & I snaps for attention with its quirky take on naming rights (not to mention the chess-playing deer in the window being another) – enough to stop Chapel Street strollers in their fashionable tracks (and you don’t stop for just everything). The Wolf? Yeah, he’s there too – standing guard over the rear dining area in his cool threads and his taxidermy-grin. He’s got good reasons to smile. The food here is deliciously simple – think upmarket pub grub you can rely on (chicken parma, shepherd’s pie, steak, burgers) with elements of more complex influences (chicken liver parfait with apple and pear chutney, brioche bread and sweet wine jelly, or green and white Victorian asparagus with truffle poached egg) that elevate it to even tastier heights. If life out and about in the big wide world often comes with a team of children tagging along, you’ll appreciate seeing a kids’ menu that had no time for frozen nuggets and fish fingers. And if you’re a Chapel Street regular you’ll know the location as the site of the old Swan Hotel. But things change and it’s in with the new…fresh renovation and solid service. The brains behind this operation are long-time friends and business partners Jannick Zester and Steve Powell. With Jannick’s Danish heritage worn on its eclectic sleeve, décor is a mix of renowned artists (Danish artist Philip V Jensen is the one responsible for the sharply-dressed stuffed deer but his work features in the National Gallery so this is serious!) and plain old craziness (60 Singer sewing machines as a feature wall is set to be a local attraction). Weekend breakfasts, along with lunch and dinner 7 days a week will see this place build a foodie reputation fast. Matt Turner’s hospitality in front-of-house is a treat and Kiwi-born Head Chef Daniel Groom has the goods too. When the children are tucked into their beds, is when this place really stands on its feet with an up for it DJ/drinks crowd. Little Red Riding Hood had it all wrong. Letting The Wolf in was the right thing to do

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Far from The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

The Wolf and I is a Chapel Street favourite. You’ve probably been there for drinks. And you might assume it has some decent enough pub grub. But in reality, the food delivers so much more than just that.

A successful bar belies a well thought out menu and some very talented chefs. Having dishes that sound delicious when you read them on the menu is one thing, but having them match the resultant expectations is another all together. And FYI, at The Wolf and I, they do.

The sliders are what so many sliders want to be: sweet and soft, sesame seed speckled brioche buns filled with tender strands of braised beef brisket. Threads of celeriac lie under the meat, bringing crunch and freshness to every mouthful. And add to that some jalapeños to spice it up and tomato relish for sweetness and you’ve got yourself some pretty well-balanced buns.

Then there are the osso buco dumplings. Dumplings come in all shapes and sizes, but those sad, slightly droopy dumplings that some restaurants serve have a thing or two to learn from these bad boys. The silky-smooth dumpling wraps are jam packed with tender chunks of slow-cooked osso bucco – ideal for mopping up the flavour-packed red wine jus and a smear of celeriac mash.

And those are just starters. The barramundi is a popular main. It comes with pumpkin puree, pancetta croquettes, Israeli cous cous, sweet corn and red wine jus. Or for something a little more indulgent, go for the confit duck tagliatelle, comprising brased shallots, shredded confit duck, parsley and an incredibly moreish cream sauce.

For dessert there’s everything from sticky date pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream, to a cheese platter with both Aussie and English cheese, quince paste, grapes, lavosh biscuits and toasted fruit bread.

Of course, they’ve got a great selection of beers, wines and cocktails, but you probably already knew that. Next time you visit The Wolf and, I, venture a few metres back into the restaurant and let the culinary side of this much-loved establishment impress you all over again.

The Wolf and I Windsor
w: http://thewolfandiwindsor.com.au/
t: (03) 9510 1819
a: 152 Chapel Street, Windsor, VIC
I love a good cocktail, and last week I was invited to try several at The Wolf & I, Windsor. Espresso martinis and pretty pink drinks were served while we enjoyed the exclusive cocktail lounge space, upstairs from the main bar and restaurant area.
Besides being a very cool spot to hang out on a Friday or Saturday night, it would make an amazing function space for a themed party – think Great Gatsby or a murder mystery. They even have a library room! BYO your own Cluedo board game.
If you feel like popping in and trying a cocktail, tell them you know me and they’ll knock 10% off your bill (offer expires Nov 1 2014)!!

Coming out of the post parma #200 stupor, I was keen to back the weekend up with something of quality – it’d be a shame to back up such an epic weekend with a disappointing, processed, turd of a parma – So this week I did some research! Asked the interwebs for suggestions, delved into my archives of emails and one name continued to pop up – The Wolf & I in Windsor, For a pub that has only been open for just on 2 years (a baby in Melbourne pub standards) word seemed to have spread like wildfire.

Some pictures online looked pretty good, although they can be misleading, so I set the date and last night we headed down to check it out.

Just a warning – as we discovered last night, trying to get a carpark on Chapel Street at 7pm on a Thursday seems to require some sort of divine intervention, as we had to park miles away, but the atmosphere on Chapel is always entertaining – so the walk was a breeze.

We arrived at the Wolf & I to find (not unexpectedly) a very busy front bar. We rushed through to the bistro at the back rather quickly so I didn’t get to really soak up the atmosphere of the front area – but from a cursory glance it looked pretty good. Absolutely loved the tables printed with aerial photos of Melbourne like a real-world Google Maps. Definitely worth a good 10 minutes of distraction – You’ve gotta love an entertaining table.

We took our seats in the bistro out the back, checked the menu and spied our target…

We were set – but as an unexpected bonus the very helpful waitress made us aware of the night’s special – $20 Parma & pint or glass of wine.

Lock. it. in. Eddie.

It’s also worth noting that The Wolf & I also offers $15 burgers and parmas from 12 – 3 Monday to Friday … You’d almost have to go out of your way to pay full price for this bird.

We ordered, discussed the news of the day, and about 10 – 15 minutes later our parmas arrived from the kitchen.

First up I apologise for the sub-par photos this week, they do not do this parma justice at all and I will endeavour to get back to the Wolf & I soon and take some better photos. Watch this space.

The schnitzel was outstanding – I thought it looked a little small when it first hit the table but I didn’t realise that the full chicken breast it was crafted from had barely been hammered before crumbing – if at all, leaving an enormous, kiev-thickness parma in front of me (seriously, check out the cross section below, it was at least an inch thick for the majority). The thickness resulted in a juicy, pure white chicken breast that retained its heat for the entire time I was eating it. Crumbing was minimal and crunchy, all in all an outstanding foundation to the dish.

The toppings were superb, and I’m going to jump straight to the absolute superstar – The ham.

I could smell it as soon as the plate hit the table, the minute that smokey aroma hit my nostrils I knew it was going to be a good parma. The ham was freshly shaved off the bone, just like christmas dinner, was liberally applied (they weren’t tight with it at all) and absolutely delicious.

The napoli and cheese, while perfectly fine in their own right, took a back seat with the toppings as the ham took center stage. On the subject of the other toppings, the cheese was perfectly cooked, I believe it was straight mozzarella, but it could have been a blend, and the napoli served its purpose well – although if I had to criticise I’d say I would have liked a tiny bit more of the red stuff.

I’m gonna say this up front, and if you read this website often you probably already know, but I’m not a fan of shoestring fries with a parma. Or in general. They go cold far too quickly and are a pain in the ass to eat in general – No matter if you put them in a mini fry basket or separate bowl (as the Wolf & I did) they’ll always be maccas chips in my eyes.

That being said, The Wolf & I did maccas chips well – Big serving, in aforementioned separate bowl, they could have been seasoned a bit more, but there was salt & pepper on the table that made short work of that – We asked the waitress for some tomato sauce and she came back with both sauce and garlic aioli – massive bonus there!

Leafy green garden salad on the side kept it simple but proved a lovely accompaniment to the dish. Separate bowl kept everything crisp and fresh, the cucumber carried a crunch and it was liberally coated with a delicious balsamic dressing – proof that you don’t have to do a lot with a salad for it to be enjoyable.

Parma – 9.17
Chips – 6.30
Salad – 7.50
Value – 9.07
Total – 8.24

 

Gastrology bloggers dined at The Wolf and I
Mention this review when you book for a special complimentary surprise.
Combining Scandinavian-inspired interior, great Aussie pub grub and a firm focus on affordable hospitality, the Wolf and I is a great addition to Windsor’s bustling food precinct.
The venue sits upon a historic site which occupies the former old Swan Hotel and is split into three distinct areas:  front bar, dining room and casual seating areas. The ambience is warm and inviting with stylish furnishings and fittings, exposed brick walls and timber ceilings.
The kitchen is in safe hands with Head Chef Daniel Groom leading the charge. Groom had his most recent stint at Leftbank Restaurant and Bar and has a decade worth of experience at impressive dining establishments in the UK and Denmark.
The menu features Modern Australian fare as well as pub classics.

Duck cigars with chilli jam sauce
An Asian take on the cigar, the mouth-watering pastry cigars were delightful. Biting through thin, crunchy exterior pastry, our taste buds were greeted with a flavoursome concoction of tender duck, carrot, coriander and crisp shallots.
Quinoa salad
An enlivening salad of quinoa, roasted pumpkin, sunflower seeds, Danish feta, candied walnuts, parsley and brought together with a basil pesto dressing, the salad was a medley of exciting flavours and textures which will appeal to even the most carnivorous individuals.
Barramundi, carrot puree, bacon lardons, barramundi croquettes, israeli cous cous, sweet corn & red wine jus
The quality of the barramundi was exemplary. The skin of the fish was perfectly seared to be very crisp while the flesh was delicate and moist. It was a wonderfully simple dish that allowed the natural subtle sweetness of the fish to be enjoyed.
Lamb rump, broad beans, pea puree, lamb beignets, gratin potato & balsamic jus
The lamb rump was an excellent dish. The lamb was very tender and fell away easily with the weight of our forks. Coated with a beautiful balsamic jus sauce, both items were very enjoyable to consume. The accompanying balsamic jus was beautiful, as was the pea puree which was creamy and well-seasoned.
Sticky date pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream
Mastering the perfect amount of sweetness, this dessert was a truly ambrosial version of the classic sticky date pudding. The pudding was well made and decadently coated in copious amounts of luscious caramel sauce.
Chocolate fondant, mascarpone cream, hazelnut crumbs and pistachio ice cream
Well made with a rich billowing chocolate centre and a slightly crisp cake exterior, this dessert would delight any chocolate lover.  The pistachio ice cream which accompanied the fondant matched it well and was refreshingly light and fragrant.
The Wolf and I offers uncomplicated, affordable, masterfully executed pub favourites as well as Modern Australian dishes within a highly contemporary fit-out which combines the best of old and new.

 

Location: 152 Chapel Street, Windsor
Phone: 03 9510 1819
Cuisine: Pub Food, Modern Australian

Don’t forget to mention this review when you book for a special complimentary surprise!

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152 Chapel Street,
Windsor VIC 3181,
Australia