Tuesday, August 05, 2008
dessert/american: i strongly recommend THE DINER's pecan pie
No.6, Lane 103, Dunhua S. Rd., Sec. 2
hours: M-F: 10AM - 11PM
Sat/Sun: 9AM - 11PM
Closed alternate Mondays w/ other location
Kid friendliness: high chairs available and some couch seating. kids meals avail too.
Visit reviewed: 7/18/2008
Previous reviews: 12/17/2006 and 6/5/2007
Did you know there's a new Diner in town? And you have to wait here too for a table. SIGH! Otherwise, you can round the corner to Carnegie's for a meal (which I have yet to try, but I heard their breakfasts are decent).
Okay, so actually the branch has been around for awhile, opened after the Diner expanded their original location. For the first month or two before the word of mouth spread, we were able to get a seat without too much of a wait. But now the word is out, so you should call at least a day ahead for reservations during meal times. There's table seating upstairs on the first floor and more loungy type seating and room for big groups downstairs in the basement. While I waited for my table inside during the typhoon rainy weather, the servers rushed past me with plates of hot pancakes and burgers, balancing them while they went downstairs.
The burgers/breakfasts are still good. Check out my previous reviews for pictures and details about the all day brunch options as well as burgers.
But today I want to declare my love for the Diner's pecan pie ala mode (NT$90). Served warm with vanilla ice cream, it's sticky, sweet and tastes ultra decadent as the crushed and whole pecans and carmelized sugar melt in your mouth. The slice is big enough to share, sort of. I shared mine with a friend after we had burgers, but once I took a bite I wished I could have eaten the whole slice by myself. (I also took a bite before I took the picture above).
The apple pie (NT$80 plus NT$40 for ice cream) and brownie (NT$150) ala mode are great as well especially when served warm, but the pecan pie ala mode is the best deal!
No. 145 Rui An Street
PS I really like how they designed their map. I wish I had the time to design something similar for all the restaurants I've reviewed.