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Electric Diner

Restaurants Portobello Road
Recommended
4 out of 5 stars
(12user reviews)
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Time Out says

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.

 

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Address: 191 Portobello Road
London
W11 2ED
Transport: Tube: Ladbroke Grove tube
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Users say (12)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:2
  • 4 star:5
  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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tastemaker

4 stars for the Chicken & Waffles! This was perfect in every way. The waffle had great flavour on its own, was soft and fluffy on the inside, and drizzled in maple syrup with more on the side! The fried chicken was great too - crispy skin and batter and well cooked on the inside. It was a generous portion as well, I don't think I could eat that as a single dish - half was just right for me. It came drizzled with mayonnaise and a spicy sauce, which had a good kick and really added to the flavour of the whole dish. 


My friend and I also tried some smaller dishes. The first was the Clam Chowder, which stood out because not many restaurants have this. It was creamy but thin in consistency, loads of bacon and clam pieces, potato cubes, and celery. It came with some plain crackers on the side, which went well in the soup. Next, we shared the Okra & Aubergine Fries. These were really interesting and a fun way to eat veggies! They came with a nice, spicy dipping sauce but the batter on these were far too salty!! I had to start removing the batter to enjoy the okra and aubergine. Lastly, we also had the Smoked Lamb Spare Ribs. The meat was literally falling off, which was amazing. Really well cooked and it came with coleslaw on the side. Tasty, but not my favourite. 


The service was good - the staff were all friendly and even let my friend sit at the counter to charge her phone while she waited for me to arrive. The food didn't take too long to arrive after we ordered and it all came out looking fresh. 

tastemaker

Mmmmm..... I likey! The electric diner has an interesting name... I expected American style cuisine but there were okra and aubergine fries on the menu! Korean crispy fried chicken and mozerella sticks! Super confused about the theme but enjoyed the food nonetheless.

It was tasty and well prepared. The only downside is the service... It was hard getting ahold of anyone lol but apart from that I would go back... That chicken was something else! Even came with a hot towel too haha.

Tastemaker

On Portobello Road, this vibrant bar and restaurant is a favourite of mine in the Notting Hill area. It's small but always busy with a bar area looking out onto the road (excellent for people watching) and then you can sit at the bar for food or in the booths towards the back. The drinks and cocktail menu is extensive and I had Prosecco at around £35 a bottle (not to myself - lols - was with a friend)! Food wise I love the burger, steak and fries and also enjoyed fish dishes there (around £15). It's all cooked in an open kitchen so you can see what's going on! The vibe is cool and modern and the booths seat around four people. I'd recommend booking at weekends - and just be careful if you are a couple and they seat you in a booth, you might be asked to share. I also like sitting at the bar because it's a great informal atmosphere. They are really strict on two hours for booking (which only once have they been a bit funny about) but overall it's a great place to go for an evening meal. It's also next door to The Electric House if you're a member and Electric Cinema if you want to make a night of it.

Tastemaker

If you’re after for something slightly different and quirky for a meal out I would recommend a visit to the electric diner in Notting Hill. Open all day this is a great place to meet to eat anytime of the day or even for a couple of drinks. Dimmed lighting sets the mood for a lively atmosphere with vibrant background music. There is seating both within red leather booths and at the bar. The menu is French American inspired and varied with very generous portions so definitely make sure you make room before you visit. I must say the lemon meringue pie was massive and so so good.

Also if seeing a film takes your fancy the electric cinema is just next door. Sometimes you may get a discount off the bill with a valid cinema ticket with certain day and time restrictions.

Just be warned it can get quite busy and a popular venue so pre booking ahead may be advisable so you aren’t disappointed


Went here for breakfast one time, and although the food is pretty decent, possibly even good in comparison to most breakfasts in London, the price is just too high for what it is. Fantastic location in the heart of Notting Hill though.

Staff Writertastemaker

As with all 'House' venues the bar is a really big draw here, great premium spirits well mixed with a strong selection of cocktails. The bar staff are very quick and knowledgeable. 


The food menu is good if you stick to classics, there are some more experimental items on the menu we found a little hard to swallow (Lobster hash!!) the flat iron chicken is delicious and the steak was perfectly cooke don our visit. Its quote pricey so better to choose carefully around the menu as I found somethings a lot better value (starters come up quite small). 


Tastemaker

Great place for brunch and to people watch in the heart of Notting Hill.  Food is above average but nothing to write home about but the lovely décor and service make up for it.  Granger & Co would be a better choice if you can get a table without hours of waiting!

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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.


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!


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.

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