So I tried fried bread recently at The Diner, and I realised that I’ve apparently been missing out my life. The aforementioned restaurant is located in Kits, just a short distance away from UBC. They area simple, homey shop with quite a large menu consisting of British comfort food. I had their One-Piece Fish & Chips (with Haddock) and Traditional British Breakfast.
One-Piece Fish & Chips, Haddock ($12.80):
The fish was fairly generous in size and was coated in a wonderful layer of crispy batter. I haven’t had haddock many times before; the meat I guess was kind of like cod and was quite tender and juicy. I don’t think the quality of the fish was as good as a place like Fish Counter, but it was still good and not fishy. I absolutely loved the fries, which were also very crispy on the outside, while being tender and starchy on the interior.
Traditional British Breakfast ($9.95):
This came with bacon, eggs, sausage, baked beans, fried tomatoes, hashbrowns, fried bread, and toast. This was the first time that I’ve ever had fried bread and I have to say, I’ve been missing out. The bread was wonderfully crispy and absolutely soaked in oil/grease in the most wonderful, delicious way. It’s certainly not going to be for everyone, but I absolutely loved it. The bacon was tasty and the sausages were juicy with a nice bit of spice. I also enjoyed the beans, which were tender and had a nice bit of sweetness. I did find the eggs to be underseasoned and also a bit undercooked (which was my fault for not specifying how I wanted my eggs to be – I actually like my eggs overmedium/overhard). The hashbrowns were pretty disappointing for me; they were mushy and not crispy, and also underseasoned/flavourless bland.
I absolutely loved the fried bread the Diner; I seriously wish I could eat it every day. The rest of the food was pretty tasty as well, and the prices are reasonable. The service was quite friendly. This is definitely a place that’s worth checking out.