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Published October 31st 2016
As soon as I stepped into the restaurant, I immediately felt like I was in a nightclub. The Electric Diner has a buzzing atmosphere, with very loud music and dim lighting. It is similar to the diners I have seen in American films - a long bar, brick walls, and several booths with shiny red leather seats. There are retro-style images hanging up on the walls.
Menu-wise, the food at the Electric Diner is exactly what one would expect from an American restaurant. It was inspired by Sodikoff's Au Cheval restaurant in Chicago, and you can choose from a range of dishes, including Fried Bologna Sandwich, Steak Frites and Philly Chilli Cheese Dog. You can even have avocado on toast, if you want something a little less calorific. I personally decided to order the Honey-Fried Chicken, with fries as a side. We got two portions of mozzarella sticks to share for our starter.
Although the restaurant was packed, the food did not take long to arrive. Unsurprisingly, the portions were huge - my chicken was enough for two or three people, and the mozzarella sticks were so big for a starter. The food was also really rich, but tasty at the same time. The chicken was tender and slightly spicy, while the fries, which came with an aioli dip, were thin and crispy. They were so moreish. The rest of my family enjoyed their food too - although we all agreed that it was very filling. I was looking forward to trying the desserts - who can resist cheesecake and lemon meringue pie? - but I don't think I would've been able to eat any more.
Despite the ginormous portion sizes and the fact that it was very difficult to hear each other, I enjoyed my meal at the Electric Diner. The staff were welcoming, the food was delicious, and the prices were fairly reasonable - overall, it did come to around £150 for four people, but the main courses cost between £7 and £22, and the sides were £5 each. It's worth checking out the Electric Diner if you're in the area and want to try somewhere a bit different.