There's something so nice about good ol' fashioned diner food, isn't there? Wings, burgers, shakes - I don't indulge often, but when I do I always enjoy the tastes and flavours on offer. The Diner is quite the fave in our social circle, so when I was approached to do a review and to check out some of the offerings on their new All American Menu, I was delighted to accept the mission.
The things I do for blogging. ;)
After salivating over the options on offer, Matthew and I popped along on Sunday to their Spitalfields location. I love that part of town, especially at the weekend when the markets are on, and it meant we visited at a busy, full time - I love seeing restaurants at full tilt. We arrived and were quickly seated in a comfy corner booth.
A quick note on the menu: I love it. I'm a bit of a typography nerd and I loved all the fonts and colours used! I also think it's great that while there has been a shake-up of the menu, they have also allowed for some dishes to come through the change, and for others to be available on request!
While we perused the menu we ordered a couple of Big Wave beers from Kona. These bad boys always remind me of Hawaii!
To start Matthew had the Bacon Jalapeno Tater Tots which he loved - they were spicy, tasty little morsels!
I went for the hot wings with blue cheese sauce. They were really tasty, but my small portion was vast - I was grateful I hadn't opted for the large! My Pizza Club lovelies will also be pleased to hear that I managed half a dozen of these spicy delights (I can be a bit of a heat wuss!), and Matthew happily helped me out with the rest.
To enjoy alongside our mains, we went for it and had milkshakes too! Matthew had the True Blue hard shake - a gorgeous pale blue drink with vanilla ice cream, blueberries and amaretto. I had the Snickers milkshake (chocolate ice cream, Nutella, peanut butter and maple syrup), and made it a hard shake with a kick of bourbon! I love how at The Diner you can make changes to the drinks and meals with no trouble - additions and subtractions were easily and swiftly handled.
After wings, burger and half an order of chilli cheese fries I was stuffed, so I had a coffee while Matthew took one for the team and had an NYC Cheesecake Sundae - this was a creamy, sweet delight!
I got to take my dessert to-go, however, and enjoyed a slice of the Cookies and Cream cake at home later that evening (about eight hours after our substantial lunch!).
We had such a lovely visit to The Diner - it's a fun place to get together and the menu is full of interesting, tasty fare. The staff were all very helpful and clearly work well as a team; they were friendly, welcoming and charming throughout our visit. As ever I was spying on other tables and they received exactly the same level of service and as warm a welcome as we did. There was a table of hungover guys near us that I thought were going to hug the waitress when she delivered their burgers and fries!
If you're looking for a tasty, filling meal in a fun spot, The Diner is a great shout. We'll be back again soon.
Disclaimer: I was invited along to The Diner to try some menu items. Our food and drinks were complimentary. All opinions my own (or Matthew's!).