Formerly known as the Whitefort, Wolf and Whistle has undergone more than just a face-lift.
Having reopened four months ago boasting a stylish, contemporary bar and new-look restaurant, there was clearly no expense spared in this extensive refurbishment.
New Look Bar & Restaurant
Boasting a huge space which curves past the full-length bar to offer even more intimate restaurant seating, the new layout has something for everyone. From the one-man bar stools, cosy booths for families and friends, and cosy 2-seater tables for couples.
The glossy dark wood panels, luscious red leather bar-stools, and dimmed lighting with its exotic yellow colour effects reminds us of one of our favourite bars in Belfast, The Woodworkers – but on a much larger scale.
Indeed, the Andersonstown Road eaterie seriously exceeded our expectations with its open-plan layout, modern finish and massive new bar. Not to mention its outstanding new food and drink menu thanks to two new talented chefs, Jimmy Begley and Mark Monaghan.
20 New Jobs
Following the rebranding, Wolf and Whistle kept on their existing staff and recruited for 20 new jobs.
And the attentive, friendly staff couldn’t do enough for each and every customer, allowing Wolf and Whistle to retain the friendly atmosphere which made the Whitefort so well-loved.
And if you’ve got an occasion to celebrate, the Wolf & Whistle’s newly revamped function area, which boasts two rooms upstairs, is extremely popular at the moment – so you may want to start planning if you don’t want to be disappointed.
State-Of-The-Art New Beer Garden
With the new Beer Garden complete with fireplace and even a roof, giving you that ‘inside’ feel outside, coming as soon as the end of October, we think the Wolf & Whistle offers the perfect escape for a cosy, wintry night.
Live Music 7 Nights A Week
Now you can expect a vastly new-and-improved menu, outrageously good food and live music throughout the week, which runs Monday to Thursday 9pm – 11pm and all throughout the weekend.
It was the exciting new menu which had originally piqued our interest – and we were definitely far from disappointed.
Starter highlights included the Prawn Pil Pil (which is Gluten Free), and boasted juicy prawns, cooked in garlic, chilli, olive oil served with charred ciabatta. The prawns were seasoned to perfection, whilst the golden bread provided the perfect dipping accompaniment. Definitely worth more than the £4.95 price-tag, but we certainly weren’t complaining!
The equally delicious Dry Salted Chilli Squid (GF) was served with Asian Slaw, Red Pepper Jam and Harissa mayo.
The helpful wine suggestions before each choice on the menu is definitely a great touch as well.
For mains, you’ll definitely be tempted by the Wolf & Whistle’s signature dish, the eye-catching Hanging Kebab Skewers – something we were certainly unable to resist.
Served on an amazing upright kebab stand, you can select your choice of kebab and butter, as well as a side of your choice. We definitely recommend the tender Beef, paired with the mouth-watering Roasted Garlic sauce and Chunky Chips.
If you enjoy a little bit of showmanship with your meal, this is definitely the right option for you, as you get to pour your sauce of choice into a well at the top and watch it cascading down, coating the meat and dripping onto your golden fries – and it helps that it’s one of the nicest meals we’ve had in Belfast for a long time.
This meal would be hard to beat in any other restaurant, but impressively the Salt and Chilli Chicken Burger was equally delicious, and you could add different flavour combinations from the likes of Tobacco Onion and Pepper Sauce or Goats Cheese and Caramelised Onion for £1.50.
Whilst the gigantic portion of Garlic Diced French Fries definitely went down a treat as well.
Local Food & Drink
Wolf & Whistle works with local suppliers to ensure all of their ingredients are the freshest and the very best they can be. All of their meat is 100% Irish sourced and steaks are hung for a minimum of 28 days. Meanwhile, all of The Wolf’s fish is sourced from local fishmongers – and you can definitely taste the difference.
Meanwhile the vast selection of Irish beer available is fantastic. Check out the full drinks menu here.
We ended our meal by splitting the Wonderful White Chocolate Cheesecake – a large slice of creamy, comforting white chocolate cheesecake, digestive biscuit base, dressed with warm dark chocolate sauce served with fresh whipped cream and vanilla ice cream. We ordered this off the basis of fellow rave reviews online, which we now completely understand!
But you’ll also want to try the equally tempting Old School Jam & Coconut Sponge Cake, sure to transport you back in time to your old school days with a taste of nostalgia.
There’s even a Hanging Skewer dessert option available – and it includes all the right words, from marshmallows, brownies to butterscotch sauce.
Amazingly, not content with this seriously superior menu, the Wolf & Whistle is planning a new Brunch Menu which will be available from 12pm – 4pm, as well as adding to the Main dinner and Sunday menu options.
17 Page Drinks Menu
Not only has the food menu transformed this famous West Belfast venue, but the drinks options have also been vastly improved.
It holds an impressive nine different beers available on draught, including Heverlee (Belgium); Tennent’s (Scotland); Roundstone Irish Ale (Ireland); Stella Artois; Beck’s; Guinness; Clonmel; Estrella; and Menebrea.
Meanwhile, the selection of bottled beers is just as good, ranging from great local varieties such as Hilden and Punk IPA, to the likes of Desperado, Harp and Hop House.
Equally, particular attention has been paid to ensure that both the range on offer, and taste of the cocktails is second-to-none.
We highly recommend the Irish Maid, which boasts fresh, juicy cucumber and elderflower with Irish whiskey and zesty lemon for £5.95.
The unique ‘create your own’ Gin Cocktail is definitely not to be missed, which lets you choose your favourite from the premium Gins or try something new, before choosing your premium Fevertree Tonic to perfectly compliment your gin. The final step is to dress your gin to really enhance it’s flavour profile.
To finish, there’s also a seriously impressive choice of Whisky and Wine – in fact the entire drinks menu is a whopping 17 pages!
Jack Daniel’s Official Venue
And as one of just 20 official Jack Daniel’s venues from across the whole of Ireland, Wolf & Whistle is holding a special 150th anniversary for the iconic whiskey brand this Friday night.
You can join The Wolf in marking the date with an evening to celebrate all things JD with a Jack Daniel’s Cocktail Reception, 3 Course Meal, Live Entertainment, Tasting Samples and a few surprises for just £27.95 per person! You’ll also be in with a chance of winning a dream holiday to Tennessee if you go along between 7.30pm and 9pm.
One Of The Best
This is definitely one bar in Belfast worth making a trip to.
It certainly stands apart as one of the best new bar & restaurants to emerge from Belfast for a long time – and it’s certainly brilliant to see a new location put firmly on the map.