I had read previous reviews from people staying in our hotel about how they had practically lived in the Malibu Diner during their visit, so I was expecting good things. I wasn’t disappointed and we ended up going three times ourselves during our stay, twice for breakfast and once for a really late dinner (hurray for 24 hour diners!). On our first visit we had chicken salad and the scrambled eggs with bacon, potatoes and toast (a hangover-curing breakfast if ever there was one). Everything was great – the potatoes in particular were a real treat and the bacon was perfectly crispy. On our second visit we had waffles with fresh fruit salad, a smoked salmon omelette with those yummy potatoes again and a toasted bagel with cream cheese and grape jelly. Again everything was delicious and even though the portions were huge again I managed most of mine because it was too good not to eat. We left stuffed and satisfied. The third time we went it was around midnight and all the other restaurants in the area were closed. We had a pastrami sandwich with fries and cauliflower with chicken noodle soup and the turkey and stuffing with a baked potato, carrots, peas and split pea soup. These meals reminded us both of comforting, homecooked food like your parents would make, but with maybe twice as much on the plates! Previous experience taught me to leave half my soup if I had any hope of making a dent in my main but I still only managed around half of that too! The chicken noodle soup was pretty good. The split pea soup was really good – very thick! The pastrami sandwich was delicious. The fries were nice and the cauliflower was perfectly cooked. The turkey was a little dry but the yummy apple stuffing and gravy made up for that. The baked potato skin could have been crispier but it was fluffy and soft inside. The vegetables were a little dried out, but then what can you expect when you rock up at midnight demanding a full meal? Every time we went in, no matter what time or how busy they were, the service was amazing – everything was dished up really quickly and there were constant offers of more water, tea or coffee (free). It really had a nice, neighbourhood feel to it and by the end of our trip we felt quite at home there. We never had enough room to actually try them but the desserts always looked delicious – maybe next time!
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