The landscaper and I visited the Dinerama, pre-field day party, over the last bank holiday weekend. In a quirky Shoreditch venue that was once a bullion truck yard, the big bouncy basslines, bars and food vendors seem to be stretched across two buildings, two levels and a roof garden. You can now see my tenuous link? Yep, this fabulous venue, is full of people, plants and promise; a permanent pop-up from the Street Feast team, who bought us Giant Robot, Hawker House and Model Market.
Everything is carefully selected with no detail left unconsidered. On the first floor you are greeted with rows of plants in pots, trembling ever so slightly to the music. Living plants add class to any establishment. Living plants say the establishment care enough to keep these plants alive, real plants say, the establishment care about you too. Perhaps it is no surprise then that the wall of plants decorates the classiest corner of any venue – the dedicated Winerama wine bar – and that's not the only dedicated bar. The German Sex Dungeon is a dedicated craft can and whisky shot bar. I’ve no time for drinking Neck Oil and other tiny craft cans with big prices for an ok beer, (but its got an illustration on it so you know, art, art is cool, drinking this beer is cool) but I’ve got plenty of time for Whisky and the fine selection on offer. They also have the House of Bamboo cocktail bar, FunkenPumper (vodka shots to pump up your jam) but if that's all too specific, they have a great big bar downstairs which serves three mojitos for a tenner. No fuss, no messing, just a pint of minty heaven.
The food selection is supposed to be the main sell and with more and more fussy eaters, aspirational / vegans, gluten intolerant and flexitarians, Dinerama offer food for the a diverse squad. The website allows you to pre-filter your options if you do have dietary needs or preferences which is perfect for me as I’m pro eat-to-feel-good and often find myself outnumbered, attending restaurants where the focal food is something I struggle to get excited about. Speaking of food to get excited about, Dinerama, one of Street Feasts four venues has a selection that wont disappoint. Roll up there to try any of the following: Yumplings (fresh and tasty dumplings), the BBQ Lab (sticky chicken wings and dip), Duck N Roll burgers (yep you got it) - Personally I can’t stand a brioche bun as I am convinced it is a money making hipster trick to sell us burgers in sugary bread that doesn't turn bad as quickly as a beloved fresh and floury bap. Plus it is a cake burger. Meat cake if you will. Bleurgh. Farang Tai Street BBQ (super tasty noodles, vegan friendly), Swedish BBQ, cocktail lounges, Yum Buns, legendary Pizza (had a slice – literally oh so good) and the mighty Prawnerama which is where I went to on Sunday. Pulled in by the crabby fries which were super tasty and plenty of them which, I ordered oddly (I can be odd – leave me alone) with a burger slider, which is basically a three bite burger but it was great value, tasty as hell and had the Landscaper salivating. Three bites isn’t really enough to share though. Poor guy. He had the BBQ chicken, which he tells me was delicious, juicy and super tasty, but he made the error of trying to go to the bar for two drinks and buy food at the same time. You do have to think these things through when you are essentially your own waiter. I was clever enough to send the landscaper to the bar so I had my hands free.
As an east-central venue with just £3 entrance, it serves up everything you want from Shoreditch on a Friday or Saturday night . With such a fine selection of food and booze, spacious, industrial design, friendly door people and tunes so good that even the security bob their heads all night, it's a place you can trust to have thought of everything, food, booze, décor and DJs – (legend Erol Alkan was playing that Sunday), you know that you can arrive in the Dinerama and the night will sort itself out.