Jamie Oliver’s Diner: Shaftesbury Avenue, London

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Last weekend, I met up with my friend Sinead (see previous post for my outfit choice), Sinead’s one of my besties, who I used to work with, so it’s always a joy to see her. Anyway, I thought I’d do a different kind of post today, I’ve been going to some pretty awesome places for food and drink since I started to properly enjoy London, so thought it would be nice to occasionally post about the ones that stand out, so that you can go and enjoy the same awesomeness. This time, I want to tell you about Jamie Oliver’s latest pop up on Shaftesbury Avenue.

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I don’t know if it’s the same in the rest of the UK, but a massive trend in London at the moment is American food: burgers and diners are popping up all over the place, so it’s no surprise that Jamie Oliver has opted for a diner this time around. However, you may be surprised to hear that Jamie Oliver’s Diner is dinosaur themed, which is my opinion only makes it even more awesome, who doesn’t love dinosaurs?! The whole place is coated in dino themed artwork, sculptures and murals, it’s mega kitsch and I love it. Here’s one of the centrepieces, lurking over the stairwell….
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The drinks menu was as awesome as the food menu, me and Sinead both opted for cocktails. This is the Spiced Apple Bourbon Cooler, presented with a slice of apple, cinnamon stick, striped straw and plenty of ice. Tasted like alcoholic apple pie, not too sharp and not too sweet and ever so refreshing. There’s a similar drink served in one of my favourite bars, Arts Theatre Club in Soho, called the Von Trappe, this is just a better version of that cocktail. image

The food menu is what you would want from an American style diner, except perhaps a little less greasy sounding. They have hot dogs, waffles, ribs, fried chicken and burgers. I was in the mood for steak, which was definitely the boring option, but hey, you’ve got to eat what you want sometimes. Sinead went for the burger, which was pretty special. I had my steak medium-rare and they did it just right, the fries were skinny and perfect and there was a lovely salad featuring avocado and radishes, which I obviously didn’t touch.

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The service was a little slow sadly, but the food and atmosphere I can’t fault. Instead of having dessert at the Diner, we nipped around the corner to Archer Street to the awesome authentic Italian Gelato shop, Gelupo for some pudding. I went for two flavours, Burnt Sugar, which tasted like treacle toffee and a fancy version of Mint Choc Chip. I’ve been to this place before, it’s great as it’s open quite late and has a really relaxed atmosphere, you can also sample flavours before you decide which to go for too. imageWe finished off our night with Two for One cocktails at Be At One, just around the corner from the ice cream shop, pretty nice night. Very relaxed and full of deliciousness.

Have you been to any of these places?

Where’s your favourite place to eat in Soho? 

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