Late on a rainy Friday evening, my friend and I stopped by The Diner after dinner for some decadent dessert. The space was airy, minimal, and had a slight American feel to it, with soft house-like music playing in the background. The space reminded me of Subeez's funky, slightly modernish decor, but with a cleaner, simpler look, and a chalkboard I could read without squinting.
The charming server was perceptive, bringing what he announced as "the booze list" to us promptly. The large chalkboard behind us listed all the dinner items but no dessert. When asked where the dessert items might be found, he quipped, "That's me" He fluently described the lengthy list of desserts (not an easy feat) with a single breath. He recommended the chocolate brownie above all else, ranting it was his favourite and "oh so good".
The dark brown square arrived warm on a white plate, the edges a little crunchy, the top layer slightly crispy, with the inside part of the brownie still soft, chewy and moist. The decadent chocolate brownie tasted like what my homemade brownie should, in theory, taste like. A scoop of creamy, rich vanilla ice-cream topped it off. A glass of cold milk arrived with a straw arrived with the dessert.
The sizeable piece of carrot cake was vibrant with fine shreds of carrot, a bright orange cake reminiscent of its origin vegetable. The moist cake thankfully was raisin and nut free, allowing one to enjoy the clean flavours of the fragrant layers with the not too-sweet cream cheese icing.
The hot chocolate was best of all. The cup arrived steaming hot, a cup topped off with a cloudlike marshmallow, piped into a whip cream shape. The chocolate tasted of rich Belgium chocolate.
The Diner got points for having a server who was definitely on top of the ingredients and preparation of the menu items and making our first visit to The Diner dietary-concern free. Stay tuned for additional dish on the dinner items.
Reviewed by: Christine G. Louie
Last reviewed: April 1st, 2006