The San Francisco Chronicle heralded the new coming of The Wolf, open just a few weeks after its August 2016 shuttering. Rich and Rebekah Wood took over the space from the 40-year owner, Michael Wild. The Woods, of famed Wood Tavern, were looking for another restaurant opportunity. It turns out that their first date was at The Bay Wolf, and Michael Wild fondly remembers them. I’m told that you can still find Michael in the restaurant on occasion. That’s how wonderful this synergy occurred, and the locals are loving it!!
Yang Peng is the co-owner and chef at The Wolf. The menu is simple and French-leaning. We shared a delightful duck liver pate toast and steak tartare, cleverly served in an avocado half.
Debbie had the carrot soup which looked thick and delicious. I’m sure Debbie appreciated the chili oil and croutons to spice it up. Dave’s Duck Banh Mi had a subtle Vietnamese flavor and texture. The duck was moist, tender and delicious. It wanted for nothing. The other Dave’s Croque Monsieur was over the top with the cheese coating the inside AND the outside of the sandwich. My chicken leg confit had crispy skin finished off at the last. It was tender and crispy, and the bean salad was a great texture addition.
And, it was a dessert kind of day. The salted caramel ice cream was fab, and the Baked Alaska to die for. I appreciate that the menu is simple with choices for everyone. As the Wood family puts it – French-forward California cuisine.
The atmosphere at The Wolf is laid back, yet elegant. The Woods spent a fair amount of time in their remodeling efforts, opening the kitchen, but keeping the feel of the locals’ place. The service was spot-on perfect, with our host ready on the sidelines whenever we sought him out. He got a nice big tip/thank you from us.