I'm a big fan of the Electric Cinema, so perhaps it's no surprise I also love the Electric Diner. Their food is consistently good and they offer a ton of crowd-pleasing options (think burgers, mac & cheese, ribs, lobster roll, honey-fried chicken). I'm also into the quinoa salad which is a healthier but very tasty option. Smashed potatoes loaded with garlic and butter-y goodness is clearly a no-brainer. The chocolate cream pie dessert option is also top-notch.
Love their drinks as well, and would always recommend stopping in for a drink on a Saturday night. The bar is fun and generally pretty busy.
Swanky diner to get dinner after a movie at the Electric Cinema. It gets pretty busy but we were able to grab seats at the bar on a bustling Sunday evening.
Selection of beer was awesome, great variety of both local and imported beer.
However food was a bit disappointing. 17 quid Fried honey chicken was intense, and the sauce was a bit too cloying and thick. 9 quid burger was okay, nothing to write home about. Fries were standard. Perhaps it's better during brunch.
There's some cool aspects to this place. It's cozy and warm on a cold rainy night. They serve good drinks. The wait staff are smartly dressed and attentive. It's aways a fun and lively place.
However, there are other things that detract from the overall experience, mainly the food and food preparation. Having the kitchen wide open to the public is both a blessing and a curse. I always enjoy watching the chefs at work, it creates excitement and usually gives you trust in the food being prepared. However, when the chefs are making mistakes, it cannot be hidden.
First of all, when you are cooking hot dishes, like soup, over a big flame, you should not be using plastic or rubber utensils. You certainly shouldn't be leaving them unattended in the fire-hot skillet, so they can melt into your food. I watched this happen over and over, with the soup I had ordered. I could even taste and smell the burnt rubber from the spatula they left in the boiling pot, touching the hot metal.
Then I watched the cooks re-use the broiler oven pans over and over and over again, without washing them, so that the chicken grease was mixing with the vegetarian roasted broccoli dishes. When it's really busy, you have to maybe cut some corners, but couldn't you at least isolate the meat dishes from the vegetarian dishes?
I might be back again, because it does have a fun vibe. But only for drinks!
It's easy to find breakfast in London. To find an excellentbreakfast makes things a little more complicated, and to find an excellent breakfast at a reasonable price can be a real challenge. Throw in great service and a venue that says 'experience' rather than just a seat to plonk yourself down on, requires trawling through endless online reviews and in-depth analyses.
Elegant yet simply prepared. Photos: Rosie Hillsdon
All you have to do is head towards Portobello Road, West London, and find yourself sat in the gloriously comfortable leather booths of the Electric Diner. Providing a brilliant array of dishes that your taste buds seem to anticipate just from staring at the menu, the newly-opened Electric Diner combines the comforts of the traditional American diner with a French underground edge.
The December winter morning was firmly left outside as we deliberated over our menu choices with our waiter. We were told that the plates were large and meant for sharing, so we chose avocado on toast with chilli and poached egg, and an open-faced ham, cheese fondue with fried egg. Recommended to us also came the thick peppered bacon and hash browns as side orders. Elegant yet simply prepared, all four of these dishes had a unique twist that perfectly reflected the eccentricity of the diner, not to mention that they were all absolutely delicious. The Croque Monsieur-esque ham and cheese fondue gets a special mention.
A collaborative effort between Chicago-based chef Brendan Sodikoff and the Soho House Group, the Electric Diner caters for every customer, even if it is just for a cup of Darlington's coffee. The restaurant was buzzing by 10am, and the staff was efficient, unobtrusive and never missed the opportunity to refill your glass.
Though at the higher end of reasonably-priced, there is no doubt that the creatively cooked fresh products, served with friendly professionalism, was well worth it. A second visit is definitely on the cards to try their 'All Day Menu' served after 12pm, and a little later to try the wonderfully-named cocktail 'Chasing Maria'.
The Electric Diner: 53/60
Electric Diner, 191 Portobello Road London W11 2ED is open from 8am for 'Breakfast', 12pm onwards for the 'All Day Menu', and is open until 1am at the weekend. No reservations.
(*Written on behalf of The Upcoming magazine - theupcoming.co.uk/2012/1…)
Honestly, my impression of the name made me think that this was goin to be some wanna be cool diner, but I was very pleased with the food, atmosphere and service. I came in with a few coworkers for a late brunch on a Saturdya to escape the craziness of Portobello Market. (awesome but CRAZY).
We came in and were seated immediately. Ordered a few drinks which came very quickly. We ordered:
Quinoa and avo salad (surprisingly yummy and awesome). This is a great dish to have for a light lunch.
Avocado with chili toast and poached egg : Wowser, the avo was so fresh and juicy. I loved it, and the perfectly poached egg and chili was a great complement.
Two of my friends got the cheeseburger, which apparently was outstanding and the hot dog, which was less exciting.
It was awesome, we had a kid with us and they actually totally catered to him. We were in a rush and wanted to take his ice cream to go and they went out of their way to find a to - go cup for him. Great place!!
My girlfriend heard about this cool, hipster restaurant. We intended to go for breakfast but when we saw pics on yelp and the menu we decided to wait 30 mins and sip on a couple of delicious Bloody Mary's to wait for their lunch menu to begin! haha
We shared the chicken wings - which was ok, not really what we expected. But the burger & fries were delicious. The bloody mary was so good! And we were stuffed but we still shared a dessert which was good. Can't recall the name but it was a pastry with whip cream and strawberries I believe...light but good.
Um, completely blew my mind. Came here for brunch with a few Friends and none of us really looked into the place, so we were a little more than pleasantly surprised to find such a great brunch place!
As soon as we walked in the place was buzzing. There was a small seating area outside and lots of booths and a bar inside. We were seated immediately and It was refreshing not having to queue at this popular 'no reservation' dinner.
I'm going to plagiarise a popular tip that I read which went something like "you should really punch your self in the face if you don't order the Bloody Mary here'. By far the best Bloody Mary that I have ever had! And trust me, I've had a few :)
The menu was delicious, we were all spoilt for choice. They've got some great veggie friendly options like the avocado on toast and quinoa with spinach. I'd definitely like to come back and try their burger too.
The service was amazing- I particularly liked that our waiter slipped in and took a seat at our booth while helping us pick our order. Too intimate? Naaah!
The only downside is that its a bit of a trek to get to as its quite far away from the tube- but it is completely worth it! Loved, loved, loved!
It was a sad day last year when the Electric caught fire. Before then, I'd never actually stepped foot into the restaurant or the cinema, but sad nonetheless. I mean, The Electric Cinema is a stalwart of Portoello Road. "This To Shall Pass" hung on the marquee for many months, and then, it reopened to a very appreciate crowd.
I still haven't been to the actual cinema, but I've discovered how amazing the updated restaurant is. There are few places I'd rather be for breakfast on a weekend morning. Sun streams through the steel and glass windows onto the bar, while patrons quietly nurse hangovers in the giant, red leather booths further into this cavernous space. For those Yanks used to sitting at the bar in front of an open diner kitchen, this place is for you.
Grab a paper, have them make you an excellent cappuccino, order something greasy, and enjoy the sounds of cooks and waitstaff working the room. The hostess always seems a little perplexed when we ask to sit at the bar for breakfast, as though it's some sort of punishment. But watching them prep for the lunch rush is always good clean fun.
The waffle's good, but not the best thing on the menu. They tend to work better with the tried-and-true trifecta of fatty meats, greasy eggs, and a pile of carbs. The hashbrowns, when done right, are some of the best I've ever eaten--deep-fried and golden brown with just the right amount of crunch. They go well with the thick cut, credit card-sized slabs of bacon. The eggs in the Benny are always perfectly runny.
As with everything in this area, the time to go is early in the day. After 10 things gets pretty hectic. And the tourists show up. Always with the damned tourists.
Of course, I'm almost always willing to brave the crush (and the associated downfall of service) for the rest of they day, because of the honey, fried, sesame chicken. Holy hell. I haven't discovered something this tasty in a very long time. Healthy it is not. Delicious doesn't even begin to explain this double fried, Asian-style, barbecue-sauced goodness on a plate. On bad days I order the hashbrowns and a lager to accompany it. On good days, the side salad and a glass of the Picpoul. I literally crave this chicken at least once a week. The bad news: it's only two blocks from my flat. The good news: it's only two blocks from my flat.
What can I say... sometimes it's good when things catch fire? Is that awful?
First off, let's get one thing out of the way... I LOVE BRUNCH!!
Honestly, this had to have been one of the best meals I've had in London, and the fact that it was brunch and I was drinking made it all the more better.
A classmate of mine invited me out to brunch and decided to take me here since I've never been to Notting Hill before. Located right next to the Electric Cinema is this place, and renamed it Electric Diner. Apparently, there was a fire and they had to close for a while but are now reopened. Funny story about that to follow...
So, we started off with drinks. My friend ordered the Bloody Mary and I ordered the Horse's Back since I don't like Bloody Mary's. When the BM arrived at the table, I was like "DAMNNNNNNNN!" That drink was so beautiful... artfully crafted to perfection, and garnished with a bazillion pickles on top. Of course I tried it, and I thought it was really good. Never liked a BM until this one, true story. My Horse's Back wasn't bad, super strong and had a kick to it, especially being the first thing that entered my stomach for the day.
As for the food, I was really impressed with my dish, simply called open-faced ham, cheese fondue, and fried egg. I gobbled it all up because it was so amazing. My friend ordered the ham steak and green eggs which also looked good. Seriously, I'm coming back here for brunch, it's SOOOO GOOD!
So, during our meal the fire alarm kept going off. Sort of getting in the way of our lovely meal, but it wasn't really that big of a deal. Eventually, management came over and apologized and politely kicked us out because they had to do an inspection. Oh, but what else? They told us the meal was taken care of. A FREEEEEE MEAL?!!! Hell yeah! Score! Touchdown! Victory danceeeee, babyyyyy.
YUP. We were TWO happy brunchers. And yup, we'll be back for more soon.
Had a great experience here! After walking in from the rain we were immediately seated at a booth in the back. The restaurant is decorated in 50's shabby chic and it really set a fun, but cool mood to the place.
The waitress was very nice and patient. Some of our group wanted to make changes to the standard menu items and she was only happy to comply. I had the quinoa salad, which had grapes and feta and almonds. It sounded like a weird combo on the menu, but it tasted really light and refreshing. I stole a bite of a burger and it was delicious! Very moist and the cheese was not over powering. It was also nice to see a bun hold together.
Stuffed to the max, we decided to throw caution to the wind and got the chocolate pie. It was a very rich chocolate tart with an oreo cookie base. The portion was huge and we just about managed to finish it between two of us.
The service, food, and ambiance were great and I can't wait to come back and try some more of their food options!!!
Sloped in here after watching a film upstairs with SWMBO. We sat at the busy bar, glugged beer and cocktails and then took a seat for dinner overlooking the kitchen. Atmosphere was belting, really enjoyed the varied music, and all the staff are working their socks off. The menu is kind of simple and very reasonably priced. Food was delicious. Flat iron chicken was juicy, burger was a very tasty burger with finely judged bun, cheese and patty (!), and the fries and the pickles were champion. Too stuffed for dessert.
No reservations - put your name down around when you want to eat and they'll call you in due course. The bar gets rammed. You can let the staff take your coat if there's nowhere to put it. Also, saw 3 to 10 year old kids there at 7pm and later... so no problem if you are with-child, it seems, and they all looked happy enough
I never had a chance to try the old Electric Brasserie, but I have a feeling the new Electric diner is much better!
Since the Electric re-opened, this place has been buzzing. Every time I come here, it is packed full. One great thing is that you can put your name and mobile down, and the hostess will call you when your table is ready. There are no shortage of bars around the area to grab a quick drink while waiting for your table (try Montgomery!).
The menu changes, but the general gist is "gourmet" American diner food. I came here with a friend, and we had the Bone Marrow and beef cheek marmalade, flat-iron chicken (grilled to juicy perfection), crispy fries with mornay sauce and egg, and a side of roasted broccoli. The bone marrow is really delicious, but I suggest you eat it as a sharing dish as it is extremely rich. The roasted broccoli, although a side, was a huge hit.
Biggest "con": It is so freaking loud in there---the architect clearly did not think through the design of the space. The ceilings are low and curved, so voices are trapped in the space. You really have to shout to have a conversation. Also, if you sit at the bar, the heat from the stove is almost unbearable.
I am definitely coming back, and hopefully next time there will be some gourmet doughnuts left for me to try.....
This is a very nice place for having breakfast in Portobello road. I'd recommend the eggs royale and the honey-glazed bacon. Good virgin mary, too (although it looks a bit more like a salad than like a drink at first glance..).
so, the atmosphere in here is nice.
there are a million people working here, so service should be top notch. for food it was very quick (& it was fun to watch it being cooked right in front of you), but for drinks and the bill, it was pretty slow.
the food itself was good - i had the open faced spinach and blue cheese fondue, which was...a cheese fondue. but a tasty one. my boyfriend had the cheese burger. i also ordered a side of broccoli and he had fries. they cost £5 each. that hurt me. far too expensive.
i probably won't be back here, unless it's for a drink only. their wine menu was pretty good, and the cocktails they were serving looked interesting.
Best breakfast we've had in London yet. The menu and the food is more American style which makes sense since the concept comes from a successful French-diner in Chicago, IL. And if the smells don't wake you up, the buzz of the staff certainly will - a true, fast-paced diner, so if you go for that sort of thing, this is it! I've been three times thus far and my eggs have been perfect every one. Their toast is delicious - probably because they do it on the grill-top. And their juices are all freshly made, the apple juice is terrific. I can't wait to try the waffles one of these visits! Huge fan!
I don't know about you but I loathe multiplex cinemas. There's the interminable queueing..first for your ticket..then for some synthetic, 'convenience', chemical-laden, nutrient-free so-called food that you wouldn't feed to your dog in normal circumstances. And why is it that you have to buy a bag of 400 maltesers, rather than the usual size packet? Oh and pay £6 for it?
So compared to the above, a visit to the Electric Cinema, which adjoins its sister eaterie,the Electric Brasserie, is refreshing.
When I visited the other night, my friend and I were able to settle down to a pretty good meal of chicken and leek pie and mash followed by melt-in-the-mouth mango sorbet.
It's a pretty noisy place on a saturday night, with the din of drinkers at the bar and cacophanous open kitchen to contend with, but definitely buzzing.
We got the bill and then one of the lovely managers, Mike, offered to go and pick up our tickets and escort us through the back of the brasserie directly into the cinema's auditorium. So civilisedand not a tortilla in sight.
My boyfriend and I went here on Friday night to review it for my website.
We sat outside (only had to wait 15 minutes which was amazing considering how fantastic the weather was!) and enjoyed the most delicious food, fantastic service and brilliant people watching!
The food was pretty good value considering the area. We have tasty seasonal food and the portions were generous - which again is not something you'd necessarily expect in Notting Hill.
I can't stress enough how great the service was. It really transformed our meal from a good meal to a great meal!
Thank you to all the staff at the Electric for a fantastic evening.
I would give it more stars, as the food was lovely, but I have to agree with CaribQueen on the service. We were reminded, repeatedly, throughout our meal that they'd need the table returned at precisely 2:30pm. I realize this is common practice in London (or so I hear) but it's considered very rude in the States to give an end time to your meal, unless an exception has been made for your reservation time. And to deliver it repeatedly felt very rude, when we were only five minutes off our time.
Still, the mussels were very good, as was the house red wine and the salad. The atmosphere was lively and err electric, so very much enjoyed being a part of the community for a short while. Would return, during an off-peak hour
The brasserie isn't itself a private club, not that you can tell from the attitude of some of the staff, though the 'House' upstairs is. An intermittently appealing spot for mid-week coffee and brunch, it's a 'destination' for the wrong reasons on market days.
The venue is looking a little tatty around the edges now. Battered zinc tables and dark wood stretch down the side of a long open bar and kitchen, opening up into a wider dining space at the back like a calm pool behind the frenetic waterfall. We were booked into the front though 'bumped' to the backroom following a whispered argument about a 20 minute wait from the party queuing in front of us. On a weekday this would be annoying, out of sight is out of mind to the whirling wait staff. On a Saturday, the chaos front of house means a back table is preferable. A snake of expectant hipsters rubberneck at your plates as they wait at the front desk, always in the way of the dfsgrgaergasergsaerg
The brunch menu is full of solid fare; full English and Vegetarian breakfasts with varying combinations, muffins, bacon and eggs in numerous combinations. As well as the obvious dishes, there are a fair few favourites from the full menu including fish or steak and chips and their passable fish pie. Avocado and poached egg on granary toast is a game choice, more avocado than anything else, but a relatively healthy way to cure a hangover. The Eggs Royale were a little disappointing despite their initial visual promise. Beautiful golden yolked eggs served atop a mountain of salmon with hollandaise sauce coating and dripping onto the muffin below. The ingredients were faultless, but with one egg virtually hard boiled and the other's unset albumen having barely been cooked, it was clear that the eye for detail wasn't covering all of the dishes to leave the kitchen.
It's tough to damn somewhere for one undercooked egg, and I'm not going to. I've had some wonderfully relaxing breakfasts sat at the front of the Brasserie and a couple of reasonable lunches too, I'd just recommend avoiding it at the weekend and leave it to the tourists. If you are in the area on a weekend, it's well worth a wander down to the unfashionable end of the market to the lower reaches of Golbourne Road to the street food stalls and the wonderful pastries at the Lisboa Patisserie. It's one of several tiny Portuguese bakeries and cafes along the road and (relatively) untouched by the encroaching gentrification. Their pastel de nata are small egg custard gems, well worth the trip for a half dozen to take away and a much tastier egg than you'll find elsewhere.
Time for an update:
Following a fire The Electric Brasserie had to close down and re-opened in December last year under a new name: The Electric Diner does exactly what it does on the tin it not only looks quite American, the cocktails, food and service are to match. Particularly impressed with our water glasses being refilled regularly.
So my 5 stars are to stay, and I hope so is this Portobello institution.
I went for pre-Christmas drinks last year and was very happy to return for a meal tonight. My friend and I both opted for chicken dishes, both delicious. Mind you, mine should have come with a warning that they expect you to eat the honey-fried chicken with your fingers. I managed to tackle the pile of sticky chicken pieces with cutlery probably a good thing as it was so delicious I would have devoured it far too quickly otherwise. Hashbrowns and roasted broccoli were excellent side dishes.
To have a pudding after all this food was pure greed; the lemon meringue pie that arrived was American super-size, but guess what so delicious I finished most of it, too. Luckily the espresso is nice and strong! Apart from the area's best and most exciting cinema, The Electric also comprises a private members club and an excellent bar/restaurant.
Having popped in for breakfasts and snacks so many times, I had almost forgotten just how excellent a place for dinner The Electric is.
Following the previous night's disappointment at Tibits, last night's dinner at The Electric made up and left a good impression of British cuisine on my friends.
We had a lovely, attentive waiter and chose a selection of lovely foods. I shared some excellent merquez with yoghurt/mint dip and had the most delicious chicken & leek pie. So much succulent meat and seasoned with tarragon, my favourite herb.
Everything else looked great happy faces and round bellies all round.
Really glad to see a place this popular for people watching also really delivering on the food.
Good food..I think it's closed down for refurbishments at the moment though
Poor service which only improved when the rude, surly, waiter with attitude went off duty. Food was good, but not better than a lot of other London restaurants. Overrated, pretentious restaurant which needs to employ people who enjoy waiting tables and not wishing they were doing something in their minds 'better'. Will be passing on my thoughts to others as much as possible.
This is the perfect place to go if you want a treat, it's not cheap but it's great food in a gorgeous place and service is good. For breakfast you can either turn up and sit at the front, or you can book the back area of the restaurant which I would recommend - it's more spacious and calmer. They do everything from cooked english to pancakes and maple syrup, eggs benedict, fruit salad and crumpets with nutella. With Portobello Road market right outside it's a great place to go for brunch on the weekend before you check out the market and surrounding area of Notting Hill and Westbourne Grove.
Excellent food, brilliant service, great value. A cool place to hang out and meet your friends in Portobello, no membership required.
The Electric Members Club Upstairs
A West London institution. It doesn't pretend to be anything it's not. So you get non-flashy interiors in an understated, mildy bohemian way. The usual suspects are invariably augmented by a famous face and sometimes many very famous faces. Locals and media moguls happily mix with production wannabes eager to make some project or other work. In the meantime the food is cooked to a consistently high standard and the drinks are mixed with real panache. The service is always very good....but do check your bill. Many a Sunday morning I've been rescued by the best Bloody Mary in W11. The founder Nick Jones has always been on the button and his awareness of the changing demographic...namely the baby boomers come of age that want to hang out and do whatever while their sprogs are in tow was genius. The free Saturday morning cinema for members' kids justifies the yearly fee many times over. If you're a somebody or an anybody wanting to be a somebody, residing in West London, membership is mandatory.
Good ambiance but unfortunately, it has gone downhill. Seating in the back is cramped and food is not as good as it once was. Pancakes were almost inedible on our last visit. Bloody marys still top notch. This is a place where I have fond memories, but would not bring guests there again. Go to Automat in Mayfair for a similar vibe with much better food and more attentive staff.
very good burger. ask it to be rear so you have it medium. great anyway/
really great place for brunch in notting hill. does veggie breakfast, eggs florentine, pancakes etc etc. book!
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