I love eating out, especially when out and about.
Yes, I could save money and pack a picnic, but then you’re dependent on the weather, finding somewhere to sit (not easy when you’re in the middle of a city), and I have to try and put off N who would happily eat it all on the journey. I dread to think what he’ll be like on school trips where he’ll take a packed lunch.
I took N up to London recently for a theatre trip. On the way he spotted the miniature ice cream van outside Jamie Oliver’s Diner, so that was the obvious place we’d be going for lunch afterwards.
The restaurant’s aim is all about well cooked simple diner style food. The prices aren’t everyday lunch out prices, but are reasonable, and there’s a kids menu of main, ice cream and a drink.
I wasn’t sure what the giant
dinosaur ‘dinersaur’ on the stairs was about, but the décor’s nice. Retro style but with a bit of class rather than cheese. Almost like a fusion of gastro pub (think lettering and phrases on the walls) and retro diner.
N was being a bit faffy – he’d probably snacked on too much in the morning, not helped by having a 12pm theatre performance which has to be the most annoying time to have one – lunch time! But he eventually decided on chicken strips and chips. The one thing that annoys me about Jamie Oliver’s restaurants – italian and here, is that they just don’t serve veg, instead it’s salad. So the kids meal came with coleslaw. How many kids eating a kids meal are really going to eat coleslaw (or salad leaves)? N’s a good eater but even he won’t touch coleslaw despite him liking cabbage and carrot.
Although we did wait a while, N had colouring pencils and an activity sheet to keep him entertained. He was more interested in watching everyone walking by and the vehicles outside.
N’s chicken and chips were really good. He wasn’t that hungry so we got them to box up the leftovers for him (he ate them for tea when he got home). He still managed to eat his ice cream though.
I’d ordered spaghetti and pork meatballs in a tomato sauce. It was really delicious and although I didn’t think I’d be able to finish the huge bowlful, I did just about manage it….and without spilling sauce down me. I was too stuffed to eat a dessert which is largely unheard of. I did have it a little on the cold side, thanks to N stating he wanted the toilet just after the food arrived. Why he couldn’t have gone in the theatre like I suggested or before we ordered, I don’t know.
The atmosphere in Jamie Oliver’s Diner is good. The waitresses made us feel at home, they were attentive enough, and there was a good buzz of people in there. Some post theatre families, with a few groups of adults at other tables so a mix of people eating there.
For a spontaneous lunch or a pre theatre meal suitable for the whole family, it’s definitely somewhere I’d go back again…I’d just like to see some more child friendly salad (cucumber, carrot sticks, pepper) or non-leafy veg.
Have you eaten at Jamie Oliver’s diner? Or another pop up restaurant?