Monday, December 10, 2012

The Orange Buffalo review

Food trucks are all the rage these days. Having been to quite a few, many are pretty dodgy, but you do find the odd gem once in a while. One such example, Pitt Cue Co. formerly trading in a cart under Hungerford Bridge, is so renowned for their pulled pork, they can get away with charging 'restaurant prices'. They have since opened a restaurant in Soho, where punters would regularly queue for an hour just to have a sit at their tiny basement room. But it is worth it. (If you haven't figured it out, Pitt Cue Co. - do it!)

Anyway, The Orange Buffalo is another such food joint that is destined to be remembered with equal greatness. Found on the Ely's Yard carpark in The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, the food cart sells New York style buffalo wings. Now, I have never been to New York, so I can't vouch for its authenticity. But having been to the Orange Buffalo four times, all I can say is that the wings are flippin fantastic, authentic or not.
There are a couple of sauces to go for: the tangy original, woof woof and Paul F with fruity mango. But if you really want to test your yourself, go for the Viper sauce. The Super Hot Viper contains a blend of scorching Naga and Dutch Chilli will likely reduce most tough adults to tears. Seriously, if you are a newbie to this whole spicy thing, ask to for half a woof woof and Paul F, and perhaps one Viper-covered wing to test yourself first. Either way, each of the sauces has their own unique taste, with woof woof probably the best for those who would like to retain some balance between kick and flavour.

For £6, you get eight free range chicken wings and a bunch of celery and blue cheese dressing - which I think is great value, even though I hate celery. The onion rings were also devilish delicious, probably one of the best I ever had. A snip at £2 per portion, I would have more if I wasn't on a self imposed diet. The lunch special on weekdays is also pretty neat - £6.50 gets you six wings, with either a portion of chips or onion rings, and a can of drink. Not bad at all.


The Orange Buffalo
Ely's Yard
The Old Truman Brewery
Tube: Shoreditch High Street

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