With the dawn of a new year comes the urge to improve oneself.
After gorging on Christmas treats and atrophying for days in front of the TV, January is a wake-up call.
This year, you may declare to yourself in the bathroom mirror as if giving a party political broadcast, I’ll sign up to the gym. I’ll also go for 5km runs, ditch the beer, cut out all fatty foods, do 100 push-ups a...
Actually, that all sounds like depressingly hard work, doesn’t it? And it doesn’t help when such delightful delicacies are available at places such as Ed’s Easy Diner, in Chester’s Grosvenor Shopping Centre.
The diner, while no stranger to many part of the UK, is a relatively recent addition to the city, having opened less than six months ago.
And I’ll be honest, it didn’t take much convincing to set foot inside.
The 50s American diner experience is faithfully recreated throughout, while the mini-jukeboxes at each table are a nice touch, with all funds going to Action Against Hunger. The music is also played at the correct volume between ‘inaudible’ and ‘I think my ears are bleeding’.
American-themed cuisine is the order of the day at Ed’s Easy Diner, with the emphasis on burgers, hot dogs, waffles and shakes.
For people determined to stick to a punishing diet (yet somehow find themselves in an American diner), healthy alternatives are available where burgers are served with more salad and no buns, while there is also a packed gluten-free menu.
I, free of dietary restrictions, plumped for the 5oz Blues Burger – beef with lettuce, tomato, onion, dill pickle, ‘Ed’s Diner Sauce’ and finished off with some soft blue cheese, all encased in a sesame seed bun – on an ‘Ed’s plate’ (£11.60), meaning I’d also have some fries, coleslaw and fried onion rings to contend with.
To complete the meal, I chose a malted Oreo milkshake (£5.40), which was generously served in a glass and a metal jug. Pleasingly, the shake was thick enough it took some effort to actually drink it just using the straw.
Shortly afterwards, the main meal arrived and was well presented with a large portion of fries.
The burger also passed my self-imposed acid test – that the first bite should be as excellent as the last one – by not falling apart at any point and maintaining a consistently mouth watering taste.
It was also small enough for me to fit in my jaw, but big enough for me just not to be able to finish it.
The main flaw with the dish was the fries – they were pretty bland and tasteless.
However, I was able to rectify this situation by using them to nullify the strong lasting tastes brought on by both the blue cheese and the sweet milkshake before switching from one to the other.
Overall, I was thoroughly satisfied with the meal, even if I was ultimately bested by the superbly sugary shake, which still had half a glass’s worth remaining, silently mocking me.
As I left, the only new year’s resolution I came up with was to make a return visit.
And unlike most resolutions, this one I’ll most likely keep.
Scores on the doors:
Quality of food: 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Food brag rating (how good it looks): 4/5
Food hygiene rating: 5/5 (from www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk)
What does TripAdvisor say: "Outstanding items were the milkshakes - to die for!"
Where is it? Grosvenor Shopping Centre, Chester, CH1 1EA - 01244 320629
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