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Comforting plates

The Diner
1 Richmond Rd.
(613) 798-7800

Rating: **
Dinner for two with milkshakes: $38
Signature Drink: Milkshake ($5)

At The Diner, you can expect hospitable servers and modest plates that are comforting and family-friendly.

We ordered a large strawberry Milkshake ($5) to share. It met our hopes for something sweet and creamy, but it lacked a fresh strawberry taste.

Perogies ($9), a starter at The Diner, were satisfying topped with sautéed onions and crispy bacon pieces. Although by appearances the perogies looked crispy, they tasted less fried than boiled.

You can’t go to a diner without ordering the Classic Hamburger ($10). It was grilled nicely and the plate was fry-happy. Another favourite was the Baked Mac and Cheese ($13) that was tangy and creamy. One person in our party is a Beef Dip ($14) connoisseur and was not disappointed with the beef served on a herbed focaccia bun with flavourful jus on the side. The Diner also offers four versions of Poutine ($4), and the four-cheese version was irresistible and poised to comfort you with calories.

The dessert options are displayed in a glass case, and the layered Chocolate Pudding Cake ($6) was the popular choice for our table. Although the under 12 entourage enjoyed it, I found it somewhat bland and the icing was a touch waxy.

For a restaurant that tries to be a diner, this one meets expectations and will please families dining out with children.

Dining out

Indian Express Food and Sweets
Indian Express Food and Sweets serves fine, authentic Indian cuisine. The butter chicken, curries and mango chutneys come highly recommended. They also offer catering for small dinner parties or large gatherings. 1104 Somerset St. W., (613) 761-6000

Enjoy the luxury ambiance and delicious food at Ei8hteen, which is located in a heritage building in the Byward Market. Chef Matt Carmichael serves impeccable French-based cuisine and has won a variety of awards. 18 York St., (613) 244-1188

In brief

Taste a nine-course Chinese Banquet presented by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canadian Diabetes Association tonight at Chu Shing Restaurant from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. $38/person. diabetes.ca/get-involved/events/chinese-banquet-2010-healthy-eating-for-life

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