Last month, the Lansdowne Hotel in Chippendale underwent some major plastic surgery. One if its shiny new features, with barely any wrinkles, is a new American Diner-style restaurant; Phoenix Diner. The overall ambience and decor of the restaurant may not scream typical American diner. There’s no black and white vinyl flooring, red bar stools and booths, tacky country music or a waitress named Dorris (much to my disappointment) but the menu seems true to form.
They’ve got starters like pretzels and mustard, pork crackling, jalapeño poppers, chihuahuas (mini hot-dogs) and buckets o’buffalo wings ($12). The wings themselves didn’t have much flavour, but the celery ribbons with bleu cheese sauce, bbq sauce and F’n hot chilli sauce made up for it.