I always seem to go on about how much I love Asian cuisine, but sometimes I really just crave carb loaded American food. I have been missing America a lot lately before I ventured east with my travel, a lot of my travels through childhood and adult life resided stateside, where everything (most things) is bigger, louder and god damn tasty. I am actually heading back to the States next March and after booking our hotels I was in need of something to get me excited, so we headed down to the Ganton Street branch of The Diner. Having just relaunched their All-American menu, it seemed like the perfect place to get us in the mood.
Firstly I would say The Diner is not somewhere you go for a light meal, with such an extensive menu it is go big or go home. You will honestly be spoilt for choice with their menu – even as a vegetarian, which is always a pleasant surprise for a typical American restaurant. Being the sugar fiend that I am I decided on a Snickers Milkshake (£5.50) while DJ went for a Camden Hell’s beer (£4) which we drank while snacking on Tortilla Chip with Queso Dip (£3.50). The generous sized Queso dip was a spiced warm cheese perfect alongside the salted chips.
As I was craving a good burger, for mains I went for the Diner Veggie Burger (£7.95) house made patty, Halloumi , lettuce, tomato & burger sauce on a sesame bun, the house patty actually had a spiced stuffing taste which worked amazingly alongside the Halloumi, it did make a change from the standard bean burger that must restaurants offer. DJ went for The Diablo (£9.95), one of the new dishes added to the menu, 8oz burger served with crisp bacon, US cheese, & burger sauce on a Rinkoff’s smooth bun, which went down very well with him.
One of the things that The Diner really has going for them is the wide selection of sides, main courses come without fries, giving you the opportunity to supplement them with an alternative side, or just do what we did and have multiple sides! We ended up sharing Hanger Fries (£3.95) cheese, smoky onions & burger sauce, which I absolutely loved as the flavours worked just perfectly, crispy warm Onion Rings (£3.50) and generous portions of Mac’n’ Cheese (£3.50), unfortunately, though I was disappointed with how bland this tasted and we actually ended up leaving it. So I am glad I went for the burger over the main course portion of that like I had initially intended.
After all this, I had no room for dessert, I know, I am disappointed at myself as well don’t worry. Especially as I was eyeing up the NYC Cheesecake Sundae (£5.95) from the moment we walked in, I suppose I will have to go back for another visit – in the name of research, obviously.
Despite the constant streams of diners entering the restaurant, the service was quick but not rushed, and a good atmosphere was maintained throughout. As much as I dislike using the word, The Diner is just a ‘cool’ place with ‘cool’ vibes. An all -rounder, a great place to catch up with pals but also a good place for a date night – (but maybe not a first date because that food can get messy). The Diner does exactly what it says on the tin – Good full flavoured American food.
My meal at The Diner was complimentary, but as always all opinions along with my crazy love of food is all my own.