When the owners of the Buffalo Grill decided to sell on the business, after many years, I was excited to hear that Field were to take on the Stockbridge branch – now Field Grill House – and Porto & Fi would take the Chapel Street branch. Now subtly rebranded as Buffalo, I popped in for a lunchtime visit to see how it was getting on.
Continuity has been maintained but the menu has been given a spruce-up with a good brunch selection. The interior has been refurbished, too, giving it a smart diner feel. The welcome was warm and service attentive throughout.
Their outside chalkboard made mention of a multi-element lunch deal that sounded like it would hit the spot. Called the Big Buffalo lunch deal, it brought together half an on-the-cob corn, onion rings, two chicken wings, fries, coleslaw, a plain 4oz burger and a soft drink.
With bartley rays of sunshine filling the dining space, the dish was soon with me. It looked impressive and brought to mind my recent exploration of munchy boxes, although it had a good bit more presentational refinement than one of them.
The cajun seasoned wings were pretty good; better than Wings, not as good as El Cartel. The onion rings, fries and slaw were all pretty regulation. There was a nice little set of relish dishes. The corn was smartly done.
The highlight was the burger which was to a very good standard. With a good quality brioche bun and crisp salad, it was simple and showcased the flavourful beef to good advantage.
I still get a sense that the place is in transition. Porto & Fi is a real favourite with me, with some outstanding dishes on their menu. I think there’s an opportunity for further elements of the approach in the Newhaven branch to inform things at this outlet, so I’ll watch with interest to see how it develops over the coming months.
So overall, I enjoyed the fare on offer at Buffalo. Their burger was tasty, and while some of the other parts of the lunch box dish weren’t quite so strong, it had the feel – somewhat along the same lines as Bell’s Diner – of an assured purveyor of good quality steaks and burgers. I look forward to visiting again.
Blythe scores Buffalo
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: big buffalo lunch box
I drank: sparkly water
I wore: pinstripes
Total bill: £9.95
Address: 12-14 Chapel St, Edinburgh EH8 9AY