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23 August 2014
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The Electric Diner

191 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED

£40.00 North American , French Notting Hill, Holland Park

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  • Wine: £19.00
  • Champagne: £47.00
  • Lunch: £13.50/16.50 (2/3 courses)
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 8am-12M (Thurs-Sat -1am Sun -11pm)

Square Meal Review of The Electric Diner ?

Adding a grungy vibe to the Soho House Group’s much-loved Electric Cinema, this revamped eatery ensures you won’t go hungry during one of its well-chosen films. The long, vaulted room pays homage to the New York diner – complete with leather booths and a long, kitchen-facing bar done out with the group’s trademark finesse and good taste. The menu, compiled with help from high-end diner Au Cheval in Chicago, is the real deal. Excellent hot dogs come in a soft, sweet brioche bap, double cheeseburgers can be pimped with a thick rasher of bacon, and hoppy American ales are the pick from an excellent beer list. Meanwhile, those who want to keep things light should order moules marinière or sea bass with capers, and probably ignore the knickerbocker glory. Otherwise, simply undo a belt notch and enjoy.

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  1. The Electric Diner

    191 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED
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    Kristina V.
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 7

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    191 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED
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    Caroline S.
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 9

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    191 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED
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    BoatLady
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    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 5

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    191 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED
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    Grumbling Gourmet
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    • Food & Drink: 6
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 7

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    191 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED
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    Tiara
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 7

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    191 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED
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    Sabrina's Passions
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 8

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    191 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED
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    Fiona M.
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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    191 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED
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    Nadia L.
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    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 4

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    191 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED
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    Carl Johan
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    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 6

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  1. I actually stumbled upon this place by accident  because I was looking for a few cool boutique cinemas to watch a movie on a particular weekend and the electric cinema came up. On the website, the electric diner caught my attention and after looking at the menu, I thought "why not!" . I headed straight to Portobello road after a nice walk from Piccadilly Circus to Westminster (I know...amazing). It was quite a nice day so that put in me a great mood for an awesome meal!We arrived at the restaurant and the vibes I was getting were quite neutral. It was really relaxed, dully-lit and had a nice bar that extended throughout most of the restaurant space. I was here for the simple American-French brasserie stylewholesome food so that was all I was less affected by the static ambience. Luckily I was with Longs (who has a massive appetite) and I hadn't eaten all day so gastronomic recklessness was inevitable.We ordered our meals all at once! The grilled salmon came first. This was AMAZING. It was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside; buttery notes came through, hint of acidity from the sauce and a nice finishing with the sweetness from the cherry tomatoes. I was really impressed with this overall. I was just hoping all the other dishes would be on the same par of quality.Next delivered dish was the honey-fried chicken. This was very well seasoned and had a great kick from the chilli but failed to meet my expectations. I couldn't understand why it was £17, after all, it's just chicken! Ironically, it was pretty much the most expensive thing on the menu.The arrival of the grilled hot dog and the cheeseburger gave me mixed feelings. On one hand I felt excited but on the other hand, I felt like a glutton but I just convinced myself to go for it and... I did! The hotdog was too rich and needed something sour or sweet to cut through that. The glorious taste of the brioche bun was masked by the meaty juices that soaked the bun and made it soggy. Basically, the hot dog wasn't that great.I let my stomach 'rest' before I carried on but when I gained my strength, I had a bite of the cheeseburger and it reminded me of a McDonald's Big Mac but I'm not sure that's necessarily a bad thing. The cheese tasted processed and the patties could have been thicker and juicer so I see where the hints of fast-food originate from. Unfortunately, it was another disappointment on the whole.At this time, I couldn't even consider ordering dessert; the meal was just overwhelmingly rich and I didn't think a dessert would help. I even considered ordering some house-made donuts but I was so annoyed to hear they stopped making them (I was kinda looking forward to that)Although I really just enjoyed one dish, the overall feel of the meal was quite positive. The food wasn't bad, it just didn't meet my expectations. It came down to £32 pp including drinks and service so I was pleased that I wasn't being exploited for a very standard meal.The Electric diner is good for a very casual relaxed lunch. However, I can't help but think that Honest Burgers next door would have been a better choice. If I were to come next time, I would go for earlier for the breakfast menu; it looked better than the all day menu.
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  2. Published : Sunday, 17th November 2013

    Munch My Way :: Electric Diner, Notting Hill

    Home Electric Diner is a little diner located right in the middle of Portobello Road and next to the Cinema. The front houses a bar that serves from beer on tap to cocktails and wine and as you enter the dining area you can see the open kitchen. The menu is very much homage the classic American style diner with their own twist as Brenden Sodikoff, the chef behind Au Cheval in Chicago helped inspire the concept of the diner’s menu and some signature dishes from his restaurant in the US...
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  3. Published : Wednesday, 8th May 2013

    Over the Hype :: The Electric

    The Diner is part of ‘The Electric Complex’ situated in Notting Hill offering a cinematic, casual dining and a private members club experience all in one. The newly refurbished diner has recently reopened its doors to the public following a kitchen fire that claimed its former resident the Electric Brasserie a few months ago. Serving favourites from Chef Sodikoff’s French-American restaurant in Chicago, this place is best known for serving comfort food of the best kind from two menus: The Breakfast and The All-day, depending on the time of your visit...
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  4. The Electric "Complex" (let's call it) comprises of the cinema, the diner, the members bar and the little doughnut shop which sits in the cinema lobby. Affected by a fire in June 2012, it took another six months before it was restored and revamped. The Diner itself, with Sodikoff brought in to consult, started to serve tarted up American Diner food. Think sandwiches (which basically covers everything which involves bread), things served with eggs and a variety of other things cooked on their grill...
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  5. Published : Sunday, 20th January 2013

    Culinary Creep :: Electric Diner, Notting Hill

    The Electric Diner is a new re-incarnate of the Electric Brasserie after a fire in June 2012. Rather than rebuild, they chose to re-make the venue over into a Diner, capturing that trend of ‘America in London’, even hiring Brendan Sodikoff from Chicago restaurant Au Cheval to oversee and develop the menu. When joining an already existing trend, it can sometimes be all too easy to accidentally follow rather than offer something different yet stay on trend, however Electric Diner has managed to be part of the trend yet still elevate the classics...
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  6. The Electric Diner has got to be in our top three places we’ve eaten this year. Although not in our usual stomping ground, it felt quite a trek to get to Notting Hill, but oh so worth it. A very cool interior awaited us, we certainly didn’t feel we were in London anymore. The diner has a proper old US feel, if it wasn’t for the exposed brickwork you could quite easily think that you’re in a one of those long silver trailers drinking a cup of Joe. The red leather booths adds to the authenticity as does the long row of stools resting against an even longer bar...
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Essential Details for The Electric Diner

  • Address: 191 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED
  • Telephone: 020 7908 9696
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 8am-12M (Thurs-Sat -1am Sun -11pm)
  • Restaurant Facilities: Alfresco dining area

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