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As far as themed restaurants go, The Diner
has got its look down. American-style booths, sugar-shack bar top and fluorescent neon sign outside; this is the sort of place you expect to walk in and see Bill Haley and his Comets eagerly tucking into sloppy Joes in the corner.
A glance at the menu gives a few clues as to what century we're in – ordering the vegetarian spicy bean burger in 1950s America would probably have been enough to get you branded a communist – but not many.
Treats like the gloriously unhealthy Diablo – with its excellent pairing of sirloin steak and bacon – and the Double Decker rub up alongside old favourites like the bacon chilli cheese dog and Monterey jack burger.
A wide array of all-day breakfasts are also offered, with the breakfast burrito being a particular favourite of mine. The provision of a root beer or a coke float to wash your food down is an inspired touch.
The attention to detail is outstanding; the only thing this place is missing is Uma Thurman and John Travolta engaging in some sort of dance-off. It's only when the Diner breaks from its Happy Days character to request that you follow it on Twitter that you remember where you are.
There are now five of these joints across London – in Soho, Camden, Shoreditch, Kensal Rise and of course Islington – each with their own spin on the retro-chic American diner vibe. For someone born in the East Midlands in the late '80s, this is as close to the American rock 'n' roll era as I'm likely to get. I love it.
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