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An early look at Laser Wolf, Mike Solomonov’s Israeli skewer restaurant

The restaurant, specializing in Israeli skewers, was previewed with pop-up dinners featuring New York-based spice king Lior Lev Sercarz, author of "Mastering Spice."

Dining room at Laser Wolf.
Dining room at Laser Wolf.Read moreMICHAEL KLEIN / Staff

2019 has been one productive year for Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook and their restaurant empire:

  1. K’Far, their Israeli bakery-cafe, opened near Rittenhouse Square.

  2. Merkaz, their Israeli sandwich shop, opened in Washington Square West.

  3. A branch of Dizengoff, their hummus shop, opened at the Franklin’s Table Food Hall at Penn.

  4. Zahav was named restaurant of the year by the James Beard Foundation.

(One setback: The Rooster, their charitable luncheonette, closed.)

Next up, in early February, will be their skewer-house concept, Laser Wolf, at Thompson and Howard Streets in Kensington. It’s a couple of blocks over the Fishtown border.

CookNSolo previewed Laser Wolf on Dec. 20 for pop-up dinners with New York-based spice king Lior Lev Sercarz, owner of La Boîte, author of Mastering Spice, and longtime Solomonov collaborator.

Sercarz, Laser Wolf executive chef Andrew Henshaw, and executive sous chef Devon Migeot manned the charcoal grill to turn out skewers of crimini mushrooms, Tunisian tuna, and halloumi; grilled rack of lamb, and turkey and lamb sausage; and an assortment of hot and cold salatim (salads) and sides such as hummus, eggplant baba ghanouj, kale baba ghanouj, dill tabbouleh, and shaved cucumbers with harissa.

The vast former warehouse has been transformed into an industrial-meets-party scene.

Large, round lanterns above, polished concrete below, lattice work providing separation, servers dressed in loud shirts, bar next to the cooking line, Beck and Justice on the soundtrack.

Tables are topped with bright-patterned oilcloths — warm pita and loaves of challah were placed directly on the table with the bowls of salatim for a conviviality.

Although the restaurant has tables for two, this will be a spot to take friends to share food.

Stay tuned for more, including opening date and reservation info.