Friday, 1 July 2011

Buffalo Lounge, Cardiff

We had an early-evening dinner at Buffalo Lounge this week (prior to the Penguin Cafe), and are already planning a return trip. The Buffalo Bar and Lounge (“bar, kitchen, cocktails, music”) was established in 2005, in a smart end of terrace property in Windsor Place, Cardiff. Food is served from midday to 9pm.

For me, an obvious attraction on the menu is the Pieminister Pies. I first encountered these at the Green Man Festival several years ago (their van will be there again this year). Buffalo is now the only place I know in Cardiff serving pies from this Bristol-based company. They had a reasonable selection from the Pieminister range on Wednesday night, and I went for the Sweet potato and Goats Cheese, with the onion gravy, mashed potatoes and peas. Recommended.

My partner was attracted by the interesting range of salads. She opted for the Pork and Apple Salad. This included frozen grapes (actually arriving extremely chilled - very refreshing), strips of pork and a zingy mint and red mustard dressing. There is a Salad Pot option, where you can try a small portion of each of their salads. That will be my choice next time.

At the bar, Belgian and continental European beers are featured, so it was Hoegaarden from the tap for me. Three cider options were available in bottles - the Weston Organic Cider looking the best bet. The bar has a good reputation for cocktails.

The Buffalo Lounge is an attractive-looking place, with a choice of couches, different types of tables and a beer garden. The décor reflects the general interest in art and design here. Later in the evening, the upstairs Buffalo Bar opens for a range of nightly events. Here you will find live bands, DJs, light shows, fashion and party nights. It opens until 4am, daily!

11 Windsor Place, Cardiff CF10 3BY

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