Sunday, 22 November 2015

The Diner Soho

A Thanksgiving Feast

Give me an excuse to eat a celebratory meal and I'm probably going to be hands in. Hello Thanksgiving and all the over-indulgence that this American holiday has granted London. Clutch your stomachs because true to US tradition, The Diner has gone all out with it's Thanksgiving menu and is taking no prisoners. 

It was with more of a distracted air than a naiveté that I approached The Diner with my partner in crime for the evening. Whether it was the necessary catching up, the excellence of their company, a long day, or all three, I had not prepared myself for what was to come. What. Was. I. Thinking?! Where were my stretchy (to use the Americanism) pants or my loose and spacious t-shirt? That's what being prepared for Thanksgiving is right? Take a gander at this lot!

First up, welcome to the stage, the appetisers. Fried mozzarella sticks (£6) with chunky, peppery dipping sauce and a generous half of lime. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, these cheesy fingers are sure to whet any appetite (just don't get carried away and polish them all off if you want a chance of being able to stand up after your meal)!

Next in line is the Turkey Frito Pie (£3.50), a bag of Frito's split open, coated in rich, pulled turkey and smothered in generous dollops of sour cream, guacamole and jalapeños. Think nachos US style and a good nibble to prepare your stomach for the onslaught of the Waffle Cobbler.

I'm going to take a short break and introduce you to the Diner G 'n' Teas. A refreshing alcohol-tipped alternative to an ice tea, fully equipped with tea bag for extra infusion!

And so here we have it, not for the faint hearted, or to be honest even the relatively stable. The Waffle Cobbler (£10) is a Frito breaded cream cheese stuffed turkey patty sandwiched between two fluffy potato waffles. While you can be almost certain that this beast will leave you a few stone heavier, it ticks all the boxes for your meaty thanksgiving feast.

To accompany the cobler, choose between fries covered in pulled turkey and chunky coleslaw with deliciously sharp cranberry sauce and macaroni cheese hiding pigs in blankets (both £6).

Last but not least if you haven't destroyed your insides enough, it's time to paint the town red with an attack of the s'more. If you can squeeze any more inside, here we have the traditional toasted marshmallow, graham cracker and the slightly less traditional red coloured melted nutella (ode to Santa or so I believe).

That is all. Phew. The Diner's Thanksgiving menu is self-consciously gimmicky but an all-round entertaining experience. Grab a gang of stretchy-stomached pals and stuff in as much as you can fit! I seriously doubt you're on the hunt for a gourmet meal if The Diner is luring you inside, here it's just a bit of light hearted fun and a hellofa lot of food. Good Luck comrades!

Dragging myself and my stomach behind me, I arrived home and all but passed out on the sofa, but that's all in the spirit of the Thanksgiving feast right?!

We were invited as guests of The Diner but as always, the scribblings reflect the truths of my stomach!


  1. Oh my gosh this look insane! So delish though, I do love the whole nachoes still in a bag thing. The Diner is always a good bet! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

  2. CHRIST that truly is a feast for a thousand hahaha, looks yummy though! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea's Passions

  3. Oh my god, pigs in blankets mac'n'cheese, so naughty but incredible! I'm also so tempted by the waffle cobbler...what a crazy, genius creation! x

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure

  4. Sadly, I do not drink alcohol because of medicinal reason but if I ever did dabble into drinking this would become my safe heaven very easily.