Where: 153 Gertrude StFitzroy
When: Sat: Lunch and Dinner- late, Sun: Lunch and Dinner, Tues-Fri Dinner-late
Contact: (03) 9416 4116
Is it possible to have Traditional English Pub Food without being in a “Traditional English Pub”? Fortunately it is, thanks to the sweet ambiance-makers at The Wilde. That’s right; you won’t find any cover-bands and drunken backpackers here. Gorgeous plaster ceilings, mood lighting and some tasteful wall decal make the venue feel snug yet sophisticated. At the time the music (some thumping club number) was a little out of kilter with the dinner-crowd vibe but it soon righted itself.
The Wilde Burger: Angus Beef Patty, Char-grilled Onion Relish & Vintage Cheddar Cheese in Organic Sourdough Bun with Chips ($18)
The food is done well too; something very important when you’re dealing with the Volatile English cuisine. The menu is fancy-friendly with a few creative options and lots of traditional favourites. The smalls/shares menu has plenty of indulgent little nibbles to get you started or to accompany a drink. The tin of sardines with lemon, butter and toast ($9) is a less sophisticated option but somehow incredibly appealing.
Oxford Sausages (pork, nutmeg, lemon, parsely) with Mash, Braised Red Cabbage and Onion Jus ($22)
From the Mains menu we ate the Homemade Oxford Sausages (pork, nutmeg, lemon, parsely) with Mash, Braised Red Cabbage and Onion Jus ($22). As well as The Wilde Burger: Angus Beef Patty, Char-grilled Onion Relish & Vintage Cheddar Cheese in Organic Sourdough Bun with Chips ($18). These were no gut-buster meals but every inch of them was put together lovingly (those wishing to have their guts busted are advised to order one of the Smalls to start themselves off). On the burger, the cheddar was crumbly, messy and real and the sauce was a mellow homemade concoction. If I were to complain about anything it would have to be the burger bun, which lacked substance and “bounce-factor”, leaving it crumbly. The homemade sausages managed to surpass the usual too salty or too samey trap and the sweet, spiced red cabbage was a treat. These meals arrived perfectly in time with others at our table; kudos to the kitchen.
Tin of sardines with lemon, butter and toast ($9)
Although The Wilde is probably one of the more expensive pubs, it offers a relaxing and enjoyable experience that could either wind down the day or kick off the night.