Wednesday, 9 July 2014

STAX DINER (Soft launch)

Having a week off work in London during the summer is one of our favorite things - You get to walk around in the blazing sunshine and do all the touristy things that seem so much effort at other times of the year.  It was on one of our little day trips out when we saw on twitter that Stax Diner were having their soft launch (50% off all food).... we were not going to miss out on this.After a couple more hours strolling round and visiting The Museum of London (which is very good and free) we had worked up quite an appetite.

We arrived at Stax ready for food, although yet again we were a little early as it did not open until 6pm, even so there was quite a queue building up.  We were seated quickly and drinks orders were taken pretty instantly, 1 Dalmatian (Oreo cookies and baileys) and 1 Drunken Brown Cow (coca cola, rum, chocolate and vanilla ice cream float).  As we waited for our drinks our food order was taken.  For possibly the first time ever I did not have a beef burger instead plumping for "The Chickadee"  (Buttermilk marinated fried chicken breast on Balthazar brioche with lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayo) while Sarah chose (much to my annoyance as I couldn't try it) " The Stax Po' Boy" (Cajun spiced popcorn shrimp on brioche with spicy comeback sauce, tomato and lettuce).  We decided to share a side off Battered pickles.  Once we ordered we then sat and waited and waited and waited for our drinks.... which in the end came after our food despite a number of enquiries as to where they were.

When the food arrived we weren't disappointed overall, however the chips did not look like they were homemade and actually didn't taste like it either - for us they were underdone.  As for the rest of the food, I really enjoyed my chicken burger; the batter was well seasoned and had a nice crunch to it.  Sarah was a little underwhelmed with her Po' Boy due to its lack of flavour and soggy coating.  We both really enjoyed the battered pickles.... it would seem that (for us at least) battering and frying vegetables is the way forward.

Overall the service was mediocre as was the food aside from a few hidden gems.  Having said this, it was their soft launch and throughout the week it was clear that they had had some teething problems.  We would like to go back in the future to sample some of their other dishes once they are settled as we have heard on the grapevine that their chicken and waffles is excellent.

Have you been? How did you rate it?

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