The Diner (Taipei)
Looking for a nice breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or late night snack? The Diner (樂子) is the place to go. With a really extensive menu, all-day breakfast, salads, burgers, omelettes, steaks, Mexican, and more, it’s a great location for a gathering or a cozy meal. I’m usually sceptical about restaurants that offer everything under the sun, but if you want to go down that route, The Diner is one of the better options.
Why? The quality is noticeably good. They use organic eggs, natural bread made by a professional baker and fresh ingredients. The food is well-presented but does not look overly processed like some other places that value speed and variety over taste. And the atmosphere is great. It’s big, well-lit, and clean. The service is a little slow, but that’s expected when the place is crowded.
There are currently three The Diner outlets in Taipei, and the one we visited was the main store in the busy Xinyi district, situated at ATT4Fun. Each outlet appears to have a different menu, and you can check them out here (in both English and Chinese). The variety is really quite stunning. They have an all-day breakfast that includes eggs benedicts, pancakes, French toasts, an all-day lunch and dinner with salads, soups, burgers, sandwiches, main courses (steak, fish, ribs), pasta, rice, and of course, desserts.
With many options come many choices. We ended up going with a Chicken Quesadilla (NT$250), a French Onion Soup (NT$180), and a Thai Curry Burger (NT$330). Check it out.
You want the truth? I’m sure you can handle it. The food we had at The Diner on this occasion was not spectacular, but it was fairly good. The Quesadilla was a little on the “empty” side, in that it wasn’t as filled up as I expected, though the salsa, sour cream and guacamole on the side were excellent condiments that compensated well for the flaws.
The French Onion Soup was a bit like a meal in itself and was full of flavour and richness. I personally enjoyed it, though I probably wouldn’t put it in my top 5 best onion soups ever. The crackers on the side were a little strange — I would have preferred some hot, fluffy bread as a dunking option.
Last but not least, the Thai Curry Burger. I like beef burgers and I like Thai curry, so this was a match made in heaven. The bread was finely toasted, soft and fresh, and the beef patty was thick and juicy. I also liked how they put a whole mini-tub of curry sauce on the side for you to either dip or pour. The fries, on the other hand, were not particularly special, but good enough anyway.
It’s hard to review The Diner properly because I barely had anything on the menu, but the place has to be popular for a reason. The atmosphere is great, the variety is great, and the food is good enough. Good enough for me.
The Diner (樂子)
Address: (Xinyi store) ATT4Fun, No. 12, Songshou Road, Xinyi District, Taipei (nearest MRT: Taipei City Hall, blue line)
Phone: (02) 7737-5055