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Ed's Easy Diner (Bar, Restaurant)

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12 Moor Street, Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 5NG
Cuisine: American Average Price: £20.00
Tel: 020 7434 4439 | Email to Ed's Easy Diner | Transport: Leicester Square | Write review

Ed's Easy Diner Review

Best for: burgers, burgers, burgers.

Great: Soho-based opportunities for fathers and daughters to bond.

My quest for the perfect burger started early. My dad, a person who shares my culinary interests, would tell me epic stories of the burgers he’d eaten worldwide. From the Argentinean chuck steak whopper, served simply with a slice of lettuce and a toasted bun, to the New York grease-monkey he had while visiting Manhattan, an oily homage to the cow, complete with battered onion rings and a chunk of melting Monterrey Jack cheese.

My mum – a health-conscious ex-nurse with the lightest of appetites and an ability to scold like no other – doesn’t share our guilty hidden fascination with the most satisfying of snacks. The burger: the sweaty, good-looking man in the corner of the pub drenched in cologne with an army of female followers; the one who courts media attention on a daily basis with fancy stories concerning high cholesterol and obesity, cancer and even asthma risks. The one all the American’s adore. Cheap and nasty and served slung in a bun with a greasy paper wipe and a toothless smile from the vendor, or high-end and classy, decorated with three or four chips and a tower of salad, the poshest bacon and homemade mayo; it’s all burger to me.

“Dad,” I whispered on the phone. “Are you free on Friday?”

And so it was we found ourselves outside Ed’s Easy Diner in Soho, continuing our covert mission to locate that which is only spoken about behind closed doors: the perfect burger.

“We won’t tell your mother.”

My dad, a whippet of a man with an only-very-recently-acquired slight paunch, is twenty years older and a whole lot creakier than he was back when he bragged about scoffing two double cheeseburgers in one sitting.

“This is between me and you,” I reminded him, guiltily thinking to myself about the extra calories and the saturated fat about to enter my body. “It’s not like we do it every week.”

“No, your mother now has me on some GI diet, or what-have-you. No meat, no dairy, no carbs. No fun.”

He looked dejected.

“All the more reason to enjoy this,” I assured him.

Ed’s Easy Diner is food first, frills later. We hovered at the entrance, watching food being delivered to the masses at lightning speed. The waiter, the main man behind the bar, to which all diners sat facing, called over to offer us drinks.

“Wine, please. And lots of it.” My dad looked at me. “Well, if you’re going to break the rules, you might as well do it properly. I’ve missed lunch for this.”

“I’ve missed breakfast, lunch and my mid-afternoon snack,” my dad replied, earmarking his choice of burger in a flash and looking up hopefully at the waiter.

Now, burgers. Everyone has their favourite. Some like them plain, with a minimum of fuss and maximum of meaty goodness. Others like them decorated like gypsies at a wedding, with pomp and splendour. My dad and I have similar tastes: no ketchup, no mustard. But that is where the similarities end.

My dad’s choice of burger at Ed’s Easy Diner was big and brash, a statement of intent to consume: Big Bubba’s Bacon ‘n’ Cheese, a burger with all the trimmings (bar mustard and ketchup), sweet-cured bacon and American cheese. My choice of burger was more exotic: the Blues Burger, smothered in salty blue cheese.

The sides, in our quest to find the perfect burger, always fall by the way, not able to keep up with our adoration of bovine-goodness. We order them as an afterthought, an understudy to the main attraction, so we were pleasantly surprised when crisp fresh fries were delivered to our space on the bar, adorned with jalapeño jelly, sour cream, cheddar cheese sauce and guacamole. For a second our conversation turned unexpectedly.

“Well, this isn’t like the slimy cheese sauce you get in the cinema, is it?”

“And this guacamole, it’s quite alright!”

The conversation lasted until the burgers turned up; plain and humble, wrapped in paper on the plate. And then silence.

Five minutes passed. Then ten.

“So, what do you think?” I turned to my dad, second half of the burger in my hand. “What’s your verdict?”

He chewed slowly, pushing a stray tomato into his mouth with the side of his hand. Slowly, he nodded.

“Claire, that is not too bad.”

“You like?”

“I like.”

Clearing the plates, with hands over our stomachs, we sat back contentedly with happy, burger-filled hearts.

“That’s worth all the lying to your mother. All those lectures about cholesterol.”

“Best you’ve ever had?”

“Oh, well, no, but, it is a great burger.”

That’s the great thing about the quest for the perfect burger. Burgers are great in all shapes and sizes, and Ed’s Easy Diner does an exceptional burger; but there is always the chance that the best is just around the corner. And so the quest continues.

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Customer Reviews for Ed's Easy Diner

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“Good solid, no-nonsense burgers. Generous, thick, really vannilla-ey shakes. Waffles to die for. Deeply cheesy music and decor, but if you're feeling all postmodern (00's revival of an 80's pastiche of 50's glam) then it's ohh so ironic. Pretend to be James Dean or a Hopper painting and have a blast.”
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Food

Although the feel is 1950’s, Ed’s appeals to all ages and generations with a full range of great-tasting burgers, delicious hot dogs, loaded fries, American style desserts and arguably the best milkshakes in town.

Updated 28/02/2012

Drinks

Ed’s is certainly no ‘great pretender’, using only the finest ingredients to make their version of much loved classics from the USA, a variety of sodas, floats, beers and wine provide the ideal accompaniment to the menu. You must try the world-famous milkshakes and malts featuring a range of flavours including mint chocolate, butterscotch, Oreo Cookies and the ultra-decadent peanut butter.

Updated 28/02/2012

Ed's Easy Diner Opening Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm Friday: 12:00pm - 11:45pm
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:45pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm - 11:45pm    

Additional Information

  • Cuisine Type: American
  • Average Price: £20.00
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Group: Ed's East Diner

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