If you’ve been wondering about Wander, wonder no more.
Because the cherished Stoke Newington restaurant has at last reopened after Australian chef-owner Alexis Noble had to appeal a visa decision by the Home Office.
Which is ironic, because she’s been trekking the globe for ten years (living and working everywhere from Sydney to San Francisco, to New York and Rome), gathering inspiration before settling on the perfect spot for her debut restaurant.
And that spot is Stoke Newington.
The venue itself is a small sleeve on Stokey High Street, with simple wood furnishings, and minimalist artwork on the walls to match. It’s all capped at the top with a wine-heavy bar that looks out into the open kitchen beyond.
In that kitchen, Noble and her team are busy putting together a perpetually rotating menu of globally inspired dishes, including the likes of raw hand-dive scallop with green apple, fingerlime, and mint; wild boar pappardelle with green olives and rosemary; and red wine-braised pork belly with plum, ginger, and star anise. They’re elegant, surprising, and unfailingly delicious.
And to drink? There are a few cocktails (the Aussie Negroni substitutes Campari with some Australian bitter orange), and that aforementioned collection of wine, which is made up of low-intervention numbers starting at a mere £5 a glass.
Which is pretty wonderful.
NOTE: Wander is open for dinner Thurs-Sat. You can find out more, and make a reservation, HERE.
Wander | 214 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7HU
While you’re in the area… take a stroll with our guide to Stokey’s Church Street