The Diner: American-style brunch and legit milkshakes

Many Saturdays I wake up feeling hungry and lazy; it’s one of those days when eating becomes the only activity I accomplish. One of my favourite brunch spots has to be The Diner. There’s not much fancy to it, but it’s where I know I’ll get a satisfying (though fattening) brunch, with really good coffee and milkshake.

I posted about Blue Butcher’s brunch a few months ago and labelled it the best brunch experience (in Hong Kong). That is still largely true though in a different way. Blue Butcher’s brunch serves Coffin Bay oysters and freshly made waffles at their (semi-)buffet. But it’s not the kind of place you’d get your traditional “full breakfast” at and it’s also too pricey to go have on a random weekend (I think it’s about HK$500 per person).


Cookies and cream milkshake (HK$68) *must order*

One of the reasons I keep going back to The Diner is because they are one of very few places in Hong Kong that serve legit American-style milkshakes. Their cookies and cream one is classic and always amazing. So I’ve ordered it every single time I’ve been here (about 5-6 times).

As a side note, Main st. Deli at Langham Hotel (Tsim Sha Tsui) is another place that does a real good milkshake.

The All American breakfast comes with eggs, sausages, bacon, tomatoes, potatoes, toast and a blueberry pancake. Also pictured is the bottomless brew coffee.

The All-American Breakfast (HK$118)

The All-American Breakfast is usually my go-to order as it has everything you could possibly want for brunch. Eggs, sausage, bacon, tomatoes, potatoes, toast and even a pancake! They also serve waffles here and one time I was craving it so badly, as you do when eating greasy food, I asked them to swap my pancake for waffles. I had to pay HK$30 extra though, so in retrospect, to say it was a rip-off trade would be an understatement.

The bottomless coffee (HK$30) *must order*

To be honest, everything here is pretty good, but the coffee is really damn good. It’s very strong and tasty. The bottomless offer is only for brunch until 2:30pm on weekends though. And it’s probably the second most significant reason I love eating here.

All American breakfast with fried egg and waffles instead of pancakes (+HK$30)

Sausage scramble (HK$98)

A wide variety on their menus

I’m kind of boring and always order the same thing but they actually have a very extensive brunch menu including breakfast burrito, scrambled eggs, burgers, pancakes, waffles. See their full menu on their website here.

The Diner also serves a variety of other items on their a la carte menu – you may have seen their epic “skirt burger”. However, they don’t serve their a la carte items during brunch hours (i.e. until 2:30pm on weekends). Anyway, although the skirt burger makes a great instagram post, the taste of the patty is only so-so. I definitely prefer their brunch times!

For when you need a big breakfast and great coffee

All in all, it’s simply a pretty fuss-free brunch spot with a good array of food options, great coffee and real milkshake. They don’t take reservations, but I never had to wait more than 5-10 minutes for a table during Saturday brunch times. I thought the prices were quite reasonable too.

The Diner is located on 4-8 Arbuthnot Road, Central. Brunch is served until 2:30pm on weekends. Expect to spend around HK$150 per person (excluding milkshake). 

Check out more brunch posts here.

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