An authentic American dining experience at Diner
An authentic American dining experience is to be enjoyed at Diner.
From its first outlet at the corner of Wuyuan and Wulumuqi Road, Diner has three venues at the moment, the latest opened on Madang Road in October.
The design retains its modern simplistic look and the menu is defined by a passion for exploring unique combinations of flavor without losing its American soul.
The stylish and relaxed setting, mostly white, clean and retro, makes a good spot to start a day, thanks to the abundant sunlight coming from the big windows along the street. Inside, the restaurant boasts a few four-people tables and a handful of seats at the bar.
It’s an idyllic place to brunch on weekends thanks to its bright decor. And with hearty dishes like French toast, burgers and eggs, there’s no chance you’ll leave discontented. Diner offers dishes that are flavorful, hearty yet they also offer a few vegetarian options.
I started off my brunch with the “not-so-American” roast pumpkin. The presentation of the dish, with an abundant mix of candied chili and peanuts, looked like a Sichuan signature chicken dish with chilies. However, it was much more sophisticated thanks to the salted yoghurt, arugula, sesame and yukari leaves that lifted the taste of the roasted pumpkin.
I continued with the patty melt — a type of rye bread griddled sandwich made with a hamburger patty, cheese, caramelized onions, spicy Russian dressing — comfort food at its best. They use high-quality double wagyu patties that make the simple staple a delightful experience. I enjoyed every bite of it.
Besides the savory items, Diner offers good French toasts and pancakes and I decided on a “sweet” ending. French toasts and pancakes are available in three gradations: classic, fun and gold standard. I chose the gold standard pancake and the gold standard French toast with strawberry pepper syrup, brand gravy, foie gras and pistachio streusel (98 yuan). The toast was moist and tasty although the mix of ingredients was a tad complex.
Diner is an all-day American dining spot that always wants to make you keep going back for more.
Opening hours: 10am-10pm
Address: 441 Madang Rd
Average price: 120 yuan