Ed’s Diner is 100 per cent American. This chain has restaurants in London and further afield, I went to try out the Soho branch.
My first thought when I spotted the restaurant… it is SO Soho – the bright lights and soundtrack of familiar classics fits in completely in this eccentric part of town.
Ed’s Diner would not be out of place in Grease… I was fondly reminded of my favourite musical and almost expected to see John Travolta peering from behind a menu! We sat up on red leather stools at the bar, tucked in amongst other hungry visitors. Ed’s certainly offers service with a smile, our waiter was so jolly… helping us order while joking and singing loudly along to the music, it encouraged us to have a good time.
We had a meal of typical American classics, a banquet of burgers, beef chilli and onion rings… Everything arrived incredibly fast, despite our indecisive ordering. The chilli, which we HAD to order (as it is named ‘Milli’s Chilli’) came in a large bowl accompanied with yummy dips: guacamole, sour cream and tomato salsa. The burger was just as an American burger should be, sloppy and juicy, with melting orange cheese and extra crispy bacon… oily and indulgent. Ed’s do sides well… I thought the onion rings and chips were particularly delectable, tasty and freshly made.
For dessert we just managed to fit in a waffle between us… hot and dripping in maple syrup, it was delicious with the cold vanilla ice-cream. My favourite thing about the meal though was definitely the huge vats of Oreo milkshake that my friend and I both ordered… creamy and sweet with deliciously crunchy bits of biscuit.
The meal was perhaps a little too heavy… the portions are huge and I felt guilty leaving food but I just couldn’t manage it all! For a cheap, cheerful and fun meal, Ed’s Diner is ideal, if you expect something more refined though you might be disappointed.
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