Silicon Valley is full of terrific and unique eats. You can chow down on mushroom flavored cheesecakes from CheeseQuakes! or even opt to bite into a Flamin’ Hot Cheetos sushi roll at Sushi Confidential, but as far as we know there’s only one water buffalo focused restaurant joint in the Bay Area and that distinguished honor goes to Morsey’s Farmhouse Kitchen in Los Altos, California.
Morsey’s takes farm-to-table to another level. The restaurant owns a water buffalo herd that’s 400 members strong in Wilton, California just outside of Sacramento.
A number of items on the menu – from the burrata appetizers to the cream sauce on the dinner entrees and even Morsey’s gelato – are made from water buffalo milk.
According to the Chicago Tribune, many folks who have allergies or people who suffer from lactose intolerance find water buffalo products palatable, “Trouble with dairy? A2 milk could provide a solution.”
Our favorite entree of the night was Morsey’s chicken paillard saltimbocca. The dish arrived at our table perfectly pan seared and the portion was quite generous. The juicy chicken breast was stuffed with prosciutto, fontina and sage. We loved the topping which consisted of toasted almonds, golden raisins and a lovely buffalo cream curry. We adore the macho salad at Los Altos Grill and the exotic handmade mushroom pasta at Asa is pretty darn divine, but Morsey’s chicken paillard saltimbocca might give those downtown Los Altos staples a run for their money.
In addition to Morsey’s Farmhouse Kitchen, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Dessert wise it’s tough to go wrong at Morsey’s. We had a tough time making it to our table without drooling all over the dessert case in the front of the restaurant.
There are loads of options to choose from including piña colada macarons, rum baba and even Paris-Brest hazelnut cream pastries.
Our favorite dessert was the gelato. The winner of the gelato herd for us was the sweet (but not too sweet) apricot flavored water buffalo gelato.
We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Morsey’s Farmhouse Kitchen and our server, Stephanie, was wonderful. The only mild suggestion we might have is that the restaurant slightly dim its lights for a bit more of a date night feel for reservations that are later in the evening. We’re pretty sure we’ll be back to test out a water buffalo cappuccino and the carabeef burger with Morsey’s mozzerella. If you’re in too much of a hurry to sit down, you can even opt to grab Morsey’s mozzarella as well as pints and quarts of its buffalo milk to go from the case in the front of the restaurant.
Morsey’s Farmhouse Kitchen
Address: 134 Main Street
Los Altos, California 94022
Hours: Tuesday Through Saturday 7:00am to 9:00pm, Sunday 7:00am to 3:00pm
Phone: (650) 860-6060
Prices (All in USD): Appetizers $9 to $24, Salads $9 to $12, Entrees $18 to $48, Desserts $6 to $7, Scoop of Water Buffalo Gelato $3.75