The city’s first truly authentic American diner called, The Diner opened up a few weeks ago on the busy streets of Arbuthnot Road, Central. The interiors are beautifully archaic; they take you back to the 1950s American diners as seen in countless Hollywood movies that we had watched while growing up. The restaurant has done it’s best to recreate the old neighbourhoods’ of America — the open and relaxed ambience, red leather seating, high bar stools, old jukeboxes, open kitchen, the 1958 Cadillac backend modified to a sofa, and of course the deliciously deadly all American comfort food. It is a perfect place for some sumptuous breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This “not so fine dining” place is ideal for all food lovers of every age, and from all walks of life. Because, no matter how hard we try, with an exception of a few, fine dining always stifles most foodies. The pressure to present a nifty demeanor while at the table can be very overbearing. However here, one can just let go and devour the finger licking American delicacies. A word of caution before you read further: this place is not for the “calorie conscious”, it’s only for those who like to be defined as gastronomical daredevils.
Like any traditional diner, the burgers are the showstoppers. The hot selling items on the menu, are the Big John Burgers (starring Bourbon bacon jam & blue cheese with dill pickles, lettuce, tomato and mustard mayo), Memphis Burgers, (Packed with pulled pork, smoked cheddar, caramelized onions, dill pickles and BBQ sauce), Pulled Pork Burgers (Low and slow cooked pork with caramelized onions and apple slaw with a side of Boston baked beans), Southern Fried Chicken Burgers (a Buttermilk fried chicken breast with bacon, lettuce and smoky mayo), and the enormous and delectable “Skirt Burger”—named so after the enormous grilled cheese ‘skirt” circling the beef patty, accompanied by onion, lettuce, tomato, dill pickles and mustard mayo. It’s divine, yet a devil’s first choice!
The Hippie Burger, the only Veg Burger on the menu, is a beet & bean burger with caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mustard mayo. It is definitely worth a try.
Apart from the burgers, there is a plethora of options to choose from. The small plate items, sliders and sandwiches keep the Chef busy through the day. Slow cooked pork ribs, Mac and Cheese balls, onion rings and grilled cheese sandwiches are other popular items from the menu.
The bar is stocked with internationally acclaimed draft beers, plus an extensive selection of American and local craft beers. For Bourbon lovers, they have one of the largest selections of bourbons in Hong Kong. The bar also flaunts a range of delicious American wines, and classic signature cocktails.
An American diner is incomplete without calorie-ridden decadent milkshakes (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). So slurp to your heart’s content and lick your lips good till you come back for more.
The Diner is extremely kid’s friendly, and a great place for a fun dinner with the entire family. They have a special kids menu with small portions for children aged 12 years and under. The kid’s meal comes in cute little Cadillac paper cutout models, which goes into your child’s collection of cool things to keep. They are also open to children’s parties on prior reservations. It can’t get any better!
I just can’t wait to go back. The sheer thought of holding on to my giant burger and licking the ketchup off my fingers has already brought a broad smile on my face. So if you want to experience a true American Diner, and calories don’t bother you; then why wait? Head to Arbuthnot Road right away— with a ‘no telephone, no reservation’ policy, there might be a bit of wait.
The Diner | G/F, 4-8 Arbuthnot Road, Central District, Hong Kong | No Telephone, No Reservations
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