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Ed's Easy Diner, Victoria Place

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by Shikainah Champion-Samuel (subscribe)
A great believer in exploring the off beat, non-touristy things hidden inside every city. For my professional practice check
Published July 5th 2017
Ed's easy diner- American dining in London
On the way back from a day in London, we found ourselves in Victoria station, waiting for the train back to our neck of the woods. Of course, waiting plus wandering around equals two little voices piping up to ask what was for dinner when they got home. We knew this was the script to 'can we please have a bite here in one of the restaurants?' and braced ourselves for that. They spotted 'Ed's Easy Diner' as did we and just as they were getting ready to put on their best 'puppy dog' faces to plead, we, having had a quick look at the prices, felt it wasn't too bad, said yes, much to their surprise and delight!

The items on the menu were mostly things one already gets in other fast food and café chains in the UK, but something about the way it was served and the ambience did make it look American. For instance, the hamburger which my older daughter ordered, looked bigger and brighter (don't ask- maybe it's the lighting!) and came with 'American cheese' and what was called 'Ed's Diner Sauce'. The cheese did taste cheesier (no pun intended!) somehow. For drinks and desserts - there was the usual array (nothing American there) that one now can find in almost all eating joints of the civilised world! The only new thing, which I tried to encourage my little one into getting (so I could sip a bit on the side) was the very American 'Root Beer Float'. Unfortunately, she didn't eventually go for it and settled for a familiar hot chocolate with cream.

The bar stools and pictures around did make it look, shall we say 'not British'.

burger, American, diner
American feel? Yes or no?

I think generally speaking, for a joint like in this Central London, the fact that most of the main courses ranged from £8 to £14, it didn't seem too outrageous. I may not visit it on my own again, but certainly it's something I can now put on my 'been there, done that' list as far as eateries in London go. Perhaps you may want to, too.
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Why? A bit of America in England
When: Check website
Phone: 02078217246
Where: All over UK but we went to the one in London Victoria
Cost: Mains are between £8 to £14 per person
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