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As its up-front moniker suggests, this chain re-imagines the classic American diner of a million movie scenes through a London lens, with red vinyl booths, vintage car pictures and booming 60s’
music offset by dim lighting. The large menu majors on US staples such as hefty hot dogs, enticing burgers and all-day breakfasts, in addition to roadside classics such as meat loaf and mash.
Burgers are generously thick, but lack the tender and juicy ‘wow’ factor; comforting sides, however, cannot be missed – try gooey chilli-cheese fries or crisp beer-battered onion rings. Warm pecan
pie with whipped cream ends an inevitably calorific meal on a high. For drinks, look to the full-on cocktail bar and sizeable wine list. The Diner recreates the archetypal experience lovingly,
apart from the service: the occasional ‘have a nice day’ would go a long way.
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14 December 2013
We went to the newly opened Diner on Gloucester Road, and as she was putting our order into the computer system, the waitress turned around at our table and said we had “dissed” her. the manager then came over and rudely told us the waitress didn't want to serve us anymore and that he'll take care of the order. Shocked, we went up to her to find out what had happened and she said we whistled at her. We all looked at each other, perplex, as we couldn't believe what we were hearing. Yes, she might have had a long day and wanted to go home early, but it is quite unbelievable that she would blame us for whistling and then sulk in her corner. We tried arguing and saying it wasn't us (myself,being a girl and my two guy friends, who are far from being the “whistle at a pretty girl” kind of guys) but she wouldn't let us finish. This kind of treatment is absolutely unacceptable, and for a restaurant serving average burger and hot dogs; I don't understand where this attitude comes from.
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