A week or so ago, we had the pleasure of trying out the summer menu at the Electric Diner on Portobello Road. Adjacent to one of the oldest cinemas in London (there’s a really interesting article about the cinema’s 100 year history here) and below the Electric House.
The space is long with bare brick walls and red leather booths to the right and white metro tiles banking the open kitchen, prep and bar area to the left all brought together under the curved ceiling.
I ordered the Heritage Tomato and Watermelon salad, which was vibrant and full of summer flavours, the cheeseburger was a proper diner stack, with a satisfyingly large gherkin on the side, I don’t know why, but I’ve started to judge burgers on the quality of the accompanying gherkin. One of my favourite people to dine with is from the US and if there’s Mac n Cheese on the menu we need to try it (we’ve actually only done this twice but that’s almost a tradition) this one was served in a covetable copper pan and had a smokey taste and a good crunch to the topping, it disappeared very quickly.
The real winner though was dessert, we casually ordered a Lemon Meringue Pie and a few extra spoons… we were open mouthed when this sail boat of a pie docked at the table… the height on that whip was incredible and it tasted wonderful; tangy, sweet and light. To go with our coffees, we ordered the salted peanut butter crunchies, they were little squares of perfection that I immediately tried to dissect in order to make them at home (I’ve yet to find the winning recipe)
The atmosphere is relaxed, the staff friendly, warm and funny and very patient with all the picture taking. The next time you need Dinner & a Movie, may I suggest you book in at the Electric Diner.
Thank you very much, Electric Diner, from us all, for our lunch treat xx