IPFreely (143) Sanborn, New York | February 13, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Shango is a lovely fine dining restaurant with a nod towards New Orleans styled cuisine. Their beer list isnít huge, but with only 6 taps and 30 bottles or so, just about every beer has been chosen carefully and is worth drinking. Top notch food up and down their typical dinner menu, and they also serve up a delicious Sunday brunch. Prices are fairly reasonable for the quality of the food and drink, but even so, expect to be paying a good amount at the end of the night. Not necessarily a beer destination, but itís a great restaurant with a solid beer list to compliment your meal. Recommended
cratez (165) Toronto, Ontario | April 19, 2011| Updated January 2, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
The typical fine dining restaurant devotes an enormous amount of attention to selecting top-shelf wines that pair well with their cuisine, while neglecting to offer even a single decent beer on the menu. Shango is no such place. This understated bistro is the perfect spot for a romantic meal with your better half, and unlike every other eatery you can actually score a solid micro brew to enjoy with dinner.
Atmosphere is upscale casual with a medium-sized bar and several white table cloth booths in the dining area. Our server was impeccable - she gave us plenty of time to order, described all of the beers on tap, and was very efficient in bringing our food and drinks to the table.
Beer selection is smaller than the cityís two best beer bars - Coleís and Blue Monk - but the focus on craft options is evident. At the time of our visit, Lagunitas A Little Sumpiní Wild Ale was on the bottle list and Southern Tier Oak Aged Un*Earthly, Brooklyn Main Engine Start, and Great Lakes The Doppelrock were on draught. I went with the latter two beers while my girlfriend ordered a sauvignon blanc that completely blew her away. Other bottles (which total 30 or so) included Green Flash West Coast IPA, Brooklyn Pennant Pale Ale í55, and Smuttynose Robust Porter.
The food is authentic New Orleans fare, something my girl and I had never tried before coming here. We shared the chicken and andouille sausage gumbo, creole bouillabaisse, and mac and cheese penne. Everything was incredibly delicious and the gumbo nicely complemented the fruity, floral, and spicy qualities of my Belgian-style pale ale.
Overall, Shango is one of the best restaurants that Iíve across since becoming a beer geek. Between the world class cuisine, outstanding bottles and taps, extensive wine list, thoughtful service, and relaxing ambience, itís got everything that I look for in a place to dine out. Next time youíre in Buffalo, drop in here for a meal and some drinks - you wonít be disappointed.