Not Just Winging It

by Behnaz Sanjana

Sat, 07 December 2019

Behnaz Sanjana rounded off her weekend with a cracker of a meal at Buffalo Wings and Rings in Adliya.

Not your quintessential American eatery, Buffalo Wings and Rings is a creative cross between an American diner and a contemporary restaurant and sports lounge. The brand hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, and serves the food that the land of the Stars and Stripes is renowned for. 

As if to prove a point, Born In The USA was on the playlist as I stepped into the warm, no-fuss interior, and my senses were ready to explore more. The menu is an extensive one. The repertoire downstairs is also served upstairs in the lounge, with the addition of selected beverages.

My meal kicked off with Buffalo Shrimp. Each coated crustacean had three elements to it – juicy shrimp, a light coating and Bam Bam sauce, which is named so probably because it gives a one-two punch of subtle sweetness with the acidity of rice vinegar. On the side were gigantic onion rings fried in a pepper-speckled batter, and ranch sauce. Chicken Ranch sliders followed; a delicious patty sitting neatly in a toasted bun. 

Next came the dish that this restaurant takes most seriously, with an entire page in the menu dedicated to it – the chicken wings. Picking from the various choices available, I went for the traditional variety, bone in and all, doused in Crazy sauce in a medium hot intensity, with curly fries (yum!). You can test your chicken-wings-mania meter with X-Hot, Atomic or 1 Million spice levels; I dare you!

As the writing on the wall (literally) tells you to shun table manners, I locked up my prudish alter ego and tucked in with my fingers. The sticky-sweet, roasted garlic-infused barbecue flavours were so worth it.

I enjoyed the crisp air that wafted in from the large, open window, from where one can appreciate the vibrance of Adliya. But it was not as crisp as the Tacos that followed. Well-flavoured chicken, lettuce, cheddar and diced tomato with squiggles of sour cream atop were packed into a crunch of a semi circle. But it was the hot sauce that took the taco to a whole new level of sass.

Caramel Apple Taquitos certainly scored a run for the meal, with a fine balancing act between warm, tart green apple enveloped in crunchy pastry, and the sweetness of vanilla ice cream.

The new Friday Unlimited Brunch here is next on my agenda, which is a family affair wherein kids eat free, and enjoy face painting, activities and meeting mascot Chef Buffalo. Wings Frenzy on Tuesday offers wings by the piece, which means you can taste a variety of flavours, at heavily discounted prices. Food items are discounted by 50-per-cent from noon to 6pm on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Sports fans can catch up to six games on the giant screens upstairs and, if you’re dining with kids in tow, there’s Play Station to keep them entertained on the ground floor.  

Buffalo Wings and Rings is not only about heartily upsized American fare, but upsized flavour as well – just perfect when you want to chill out in an easy-going space, with great food and drinks to boot.

 Call 17 104-994.