So the unimaginable happened recently. My partner, who isn’t really big on eating out but knows I LOVE it, decided to shout me to dinner at a restaurant of my choice for my birthday! I love trying out new places and different styles of cuisines, but I wanted to make sure that whatever place I chose, he’d like it as well.
I was kind of lost as to what restaurant to chose from as I wanted to try out a place I hadn’t been before… so I took the vote to facebook and got my friends to recommend places for me. I’m so glad I did as a girlfriend suggested a quaint little place in the heart of Southbank. I knew just by looking at their website that is was the right choice for us!
Matt had spent time abroad years ago living in America, and he’s often told me about the food and his various adventures there. South Side Diner is set up as an American 50’s style diner – the pics alone on the site appealed to me, and so did the menu when I looked that over too! I knew this was a place we’d both enjoy!
We started off my birthday seeing the movie “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” before heading over to the Diner. We got a little lost on the way (street numbers are a little out of whack in Grey Street)… but finally found the place.
South Side Diner is quite a quaint and quirky place, lots of American memorabilia as well as 50s music playing inside. We were seen to straight away and taken to our seat. I must say – I absolutely love their menu designs here – very simple design, but quirky (and I thank the lovely waiter who let me take one home as a momento!)
Next up – the mains! I was indecisive about what I wanted – sooo many different things to choose from, but settled for the Reuben Sandwich in the end – and I was NOT disappointed in that choice! As a lover of corned beef (or silverside as it’s known here), I use to hate that mum would only put one slice on the sandwich (I could easily eat corned beef on its own and lots of it).
The sandwich comes with sauerkraut and melted swiss cheese, and a Brooklyn dill pickle on the side. I was hugely impressed when my sandwich arrived – the photo does not do justice to the heaven that awaits you. In true American style – that corned beef was PILED on and I couldn’t have been any happier!!!
Check out their website for the menu and various American style events they hold throughout the year – I’m looking forward to going back for Thanksgiving (a holiday I think should be adopted here, so it’ll be great to experience it firsthand – even if technically I’m not “in” America at the time).
(Post Edit – we went again for Valentine’s Day, sadly on special event days they have set menus, so you won’t be able to choose from the normal menu – pumpkin pie wasn’t included on the list for dessert this time, but I’m looking forward to going back again for “Thanksgiving Day” – as I know pumpkin pie will be on the menu then as it’s a favoured dessert for that time of the year, and I’ve always wanted to experience Thanksgiving anyway he-he).
Visit their page to find out more: South Side Diner