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Wildwood Kitchen

Restaurants, Mediterranean Seven Dials
2 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)

Time Out says

Wildwood Kitchen is a Mediterranean restaurant in Covent Garden. The menu ranges from pasta and pizza to grills and seafood with the focus on crowd-pleasing classics. There's a kids' menu, too.

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Address: 184 Shaftesbury Avenue
London
WC2 8JB
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
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Users say (3)

2 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

2.5 / 5

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tastemaker

This is a cute spot with some great food options near The Strand.  I had a fab salad, which was very filling while also being very healthy.  The service was good and the décor was nice.  A good option for a pre-theatre meal.


There was a dead spider in our jug of tap water, waitress was not apologetic AT ALL and only exclaimed "poor thing" about the spider. Starters were bland and scarce. Service was slow and terrible! We we were the first to sit downstairs (which was also cold) and by the time we actually received our mains everyone else who sat down after us were already getting the bill/eating dessert. After (rightfully) complaining about the spider in our water the waitress swapped with a waiter, we asked him twice where our main was (after over 30 minutes)--which he then went to whisper in the waitress' ear who then gave us an awful look. Mains finally arrived, flavours were mediocre at best. All four of us ended up with severe gastroenteritis. Also adding we were the only black/brown table of people in the entire restaurant---will never ever eat here again, and will also advise all my friends and family to do the same.

Tastemaker

With under an hour to go until your film starts at Covent Garden Odeon on an early Saturday evening, you’ll be lucky to find anywhere that can seat you and feed you in a way that doesn’t kill your wallet or disappoint your taste-buds. Points go to Wildwood Kitchen on Shaftesbury Avenue for finding us a table for two in just this situation but points are knocked off for a pretty hit-and-miss execution.


Stonebaked pizzas are large, crispy and liberally topped; our Hoi Sin Duck version came with tender meat, spring onions, cucumber & coriander and was a great deal at less than £11 for a Classic which was super generously sized.


Much more disappointing was our pasta which didn’t really resemble its description. Baked spaghetti carbonara was supposedly going to deliver crispy pancetta in a creamy béchamel sauce which was then oven baked with a Gran Padano cheese crust…meh. That crunchy cheesy crust was pretty non-existent and underneath was nothing more than a lot of pretty flavourless spaghetti pasta in a very thin & runny béchamel with some decidedly non-crispy cubes of meat. Definitely not what I would have ordered had I known that was what I would be getting.


Wildwood is definitely a place for families on a day out in London and couples whose taste maybe runs more to the safer end of a menu. Generous portions were apparent and the menu offers everything from pizza & pasta to burgers, salads and ice-cream sundaes all of which appeared on neighbouring tables pretty quickly. Sandwiched in between a number of cinemas and theatres, speed of service and wallet-friendly size of plates are two of the most important things to people eating here and whilst it delivered both of those, I’d hesitate to come back for fear of another 50/50 experience.

tastemaker

My husband and I stopped in to the Wildwood kitchen last week after searching around Seven Dials for somewhere new. The restaurant was fairly quiet so service was prompt and efficient. We were seated quickly and the server was very attentive. My husband chose a haddock risotto and I chose a spicy chicken and meatball pizza with side mixed salad. 

The food looked great and felt authentically Mediterranean. My pizza seemed to be comprised of high quality ingredients though I felt it lacked a little in taste considering the various elements. My husband really enjoyed his risotto and the salad was fresh and enjoyable. The cost was about average considering location.

I would happily return another day and recommend giving it a try if you're in the area.

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