SODA ROCK DINER
25th October 2013
I have a secret, dirty fascination. I am a bit ashamed to admit it but, greasy, disgusting American diner food has always held a sort of magnetism for me, even as every healthy cell in my body screams NO. So when the line at Two Birds One Stone was way too long for the tiny timeframe we had, we walked 3 minutes around the corner to Soda Rock Diner without too much regret.
Soda Rock Diner has been on the corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street for 19 years. So whilst it still retains its retro vibe with the plastic booths and rock’n’roll memorabilia, it also has a distinctly dilapidated quality about it.
Our Hubcap($8.95), the basic burger, was rather miniature, and that’s not even by American standards. Taste-wise, it’s exactly what you’d expect at McDonalds; that’s to say, the flavour of the burger is held up by entirely by the copious usage of sauce, with barely any beefiness to it at all.
|Chilli Fries ($9.95)
The Chilli Fries ($9.95), on the other hand, were lovely. Thick, golden steak fries soaked up the smoky flavours of the splat of chilli con carne, and the strands of cheese on top stretched out as you pulled each chip away from the pile.
We didn’t dislike the food at Soda Rock, but it was nothing to shout about either. The chilli fries were good, but the atmosphere was rather depressing, and the entire diner just had an overall feel of being past its prime.
Rating: 11/20 – stuck in the 50s.
This rating reflects my personal experience at the time of visit.
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