Electric Diner

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Ladbroke Grove
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The Electric Diner, the latest restaurant on this site from Soho House, has outclassed its previous incarnations with style and ease. With its unfinished brick and concrete walls, low lighting, french grey-painted plank ceiling, red leather banquettes and lively open kitchen down one side, evoking a sort of chic US railway car diner, the spot easily delivers on atmosphere. The hip vibe extends to the menu, which features artery-unfriendly American classics: cheeseburgers (which arrives in a pretentious presentation on a small plate with a sharp knife sticking out of it like a sinister birthday candle), hot dogs, milkshakes (pleasantly creamy, sensibly sized). But each classic dish is well-thought-out and composed of good ingredients: French fries are thin and crispy, but made of flavourful potatoes, even a simple bibb lettuce and avocado salad was enlivened with finely chopped chives and tarragon, so it actually tasted of something. Wash these down with a vast range of cocktails or wine. The Diner gets extra points for having a children’s menu with healthy, tasty food: salmon and broccoli was a great relief to a refined diner of modest age who tires easily of the frozen fish fingers foisted upon her elsewhere. Desserts are a must-have: a slice of classic lemon meringue pie was as big as Texas, and as bold. The speakers by every red leather booth seem an excessive distribution of club music, adding to an already noisy room, filled with sounds of shouted orders, gossiping young hipsters, and sizzling grills.

 

Venue name: Electric Diner
Contact:
Address: 191 Portobello Road
London
W11 2ED
Opening hours: Breakfast served 8am-noon daily. Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Wed; noon-midnight Thur-Sat; noon-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Ladbroke Grove tube
Price: Main courses £5-£19. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £70.

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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I have to say I was quite disapointed with this place. First of all, the employees didnt have product knowledge of what they were selling, then they didnt have available all the products on the menu, so you dont really have that much of a choice to eat. I ordered a raw vegetable Salad and I have to say it was the most poor (on presentation and flavor) salad I have ever had. Not good value for money, not a good experience. I will not come back. The space was Nice though.

Jennifer

I really liked this place - it's got a great atmosphere and the staff are excellent; really good and speedy service. I had the cheeseburger and I really enjoyed it and would definitely come back and have it again!

Tara

Loved it - great food, great service, cool atmosphere. Get there early if you can to secure a booth, though there's plenty of bar/counter space available too.