Restaurant Review: Buffalo Cafe Wine Bar – Heaton Mersey, Stockport

I’ve lived in Stockport for the majority of my life having only left briefly for Wigan (yes I know, don’t judge me) for a few years and now for the City Centre. I’m pretty sure if the food and drink scene in Stockport was better I would never have had a reason to leave. And then I discover a gem like Buffalo Café Wine Bar which has left me re-thinking my whole living arrangement!

Despite knowing Stockport so well I completely missed Buffalo Café Bar opening 6 months ago. Lucky for me they have launched a new menu and invited me down to sample some of it. We were greeted by the lovely owners and chatted about how their menu uses buffalo meat due to how lean and nutritious it is. There is lots to choose from though if this isn’t up your street.

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We started with some dips and pitta bread accompanied by some hot drinks. With Charlie training for the London marathon and, therefore, going dry and me driving I was expecting something boring. The impressive coffee machine is a shiny red and silver number shipped in from Italy especially. They are the kings of good coffee afterall. With this in mind you would think the coffee was imported as well wouldn’t you? Buffalo are keen to buy local wherever possible so source their coffee from Stockport where the blend is handpicked. You can tell it is good quality and the flavour is excellent. Charlie had hers in a latte with mint whilst I went for a hot chocolate spiked with English toffee flavours. My drink was incredibly sweet so perfect for my palate but may be too much for some.

The dips were lovely; a garlicky houmous and a creamy tzatziki which were clearly freshly made were the perfect start to our sample journey.

buffalo 3First we got to try their new beetroot and feta burger. I would usually choose a meat option if dining but mainly because of my true disgust at mushrooms. I absolutely buy generic cialis canada hate them and the thought of them being anywhere near yet alone in my food makes me feel slightly nauseous. This is the first vegetarian burger I have ever come across without a mushroom in sight and, wow, is it tasty! The beetroot gives it a lovely sweetness whilst the salty feta balances it for a filling patty burger served in a soft brioche bun. I wouldn’t feel I was missing out on anything if I ordered this from the menu.

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I gobbled the chicken stuffed with buffalo (obviously) mozzarella wrapped in pancetta so quick I didn’t get a photo. Served with butternut squash puree the chicken is beautifully moist with the puree just finishing it off perfectly. I believe this is served as a main dish on a normal night and I’ll be making sure my date has this next time I visit so I can steal some more.

The star of the night was the chilli dog. Not something I would ever order due to my dislike of kidney beans, the chilli is the best I have ever tried. And I’ve tried a few of these bad boys in the past few months. The addition of a touch of chocolate to the sauce gives it a mole style richness and the Monterey jack cheese is the perfect finishing touch. Chef Steve describes his sauce as a combination of an American recipe with his own Nepalese twist to give a huge nod to the namesake of the restaurant.

Buffalo Café Wine Bar have thought of everything, serving pies from Lord of the Pies in Stockport to ‘keep it local’ whilst encouraging in the locals with some fabulous offers such as £20 fizz on a Friday I dare you to find a reason not to visit. I didn’t get to try the buffalo burger and am a sucker for a glass of fizz so there is my excuse, I’m going back. What’s your reason?

I was invited to this launch as a guest of the restaurant. This is an honest review of my experience.

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