Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Canterbury | Elsie Mo's New York Diner

 I'd been pestering Dan for a good few months to decide on somewhere to go for his graduation, as I didn't want it to all be booked up. He was so undecided, until stumbling upon Elsie Mo's which is just off the main high street in Canterbury. Dan loves America, and we both knew that this would be the perfect place to celebrate his special day. Elsie Mo's is relatively new to Canterbury, after opening in August of last year. We were both very disappointed that it hadn't have been open whilst we were studying there, as we'd have liked to have been before. It definitely didn't disappoint!

We went quite early, as we were having another meal at 5 in the evening, so we didn't want to be eating too closely together. It wasn't busy when we first arrived, but quickly filled up. I'm pleased we arrived early though, because our lovely waitress gave us a tour of the whole place - it was huge, and we didn't even see upstairs! There were different themed areas around the restaurant which was really cool. Initially, it is very much so like a diner - with the traditional seats, and a car in there too which was cool. We sat in the section which was American Indian, and there were also superhero and diva sections which was cool. I really liked that there was the whole diner theme running throughout, but plenty of other bits to see too!

One of the really quirky bits about the place was the toilet. Yes, I'm really mentioning a restaurant toilet in a blog post! It was decorated with American newspaper cuttings, and famous American people such as Elvis and Marilyn Monroe. But, the coolest bit of all was that they sink was made of an old barrel of beer, and you basically "pulled a pint" to turn the tap on!

So basically, the interior was great! The food however, was even better. There was so much choice which is always a good thing. You could have burgers or hot dogs or something traditional to different parts of America. They served things like three bean chilli, and Gumbo which I think made the place even better. When we go back, I'll be trying something more adventurous.

What we actually chose was "The MotherClucker" - a chicken based sharing platter. It says it's for two or more, but three of us shared it, and we even left with a doggy bag because there was that much! We got beans and coleslaw with chips, alongside 4 chicken wings, 4 drumsticks, 2 BBQ chicken breasts and a huge whole beer-can chicken. It was incredible. The only thing I would recommend is that if more than two of you are sharing, I'd order a portion of chips to go with it as I could have eaten a few more of them! The chicken was SO good. The wings were quite tangy, and the beer can chicken had such a distinct flavour, yet all of it was so tender despite it's differences.

 Elsie Mo's is a great addition to Canterbury. I'm already looking forward to my next visit, it's been done so nicely. I think they also do student nights (which makes me very sad) but the cocktails look great! If only I could go back and start uni again. The whole vibe of the place was great, and we were very well looked after by some fabulous staff.

Have you been to a diner in the UK? 


  1. Wow this place looks cool! I like how good the interior looks and the beer barrel sink is an amazing idea, I'm not gonna lie I always appreciate a well decorated bathroom!

    That platter looks huge though, I definitely would have to take a doggy bag away too aha.

    I don't think I've really been to a diner. I've been to Annie's Burger Shack in Nottingham which seems like it's very much inspired by the food of America and had some great stuff there, I'll be blogging about it soon actually as it was a recent visit. I always like trying out new places :)

    Issy | MissIsGoode xox

    1. It's a fab place! Yeah bathrooms can be fab, the beer barrel sink was soo cool! I like the sound of Annie's Burger Shack - sounds right up my street, I can't wait to read that post xx

  2. Oh gosh, this food looks amazing! I'll keep it in mind if I ever go to Canterbury :)


    1. It's sooo good! I'd also really recommend Club Burrito which I posted about here: http://www.suitcaseandsandals.co.uk/2015/06/canterbury-club-burrito.html xxx

  3. Could you believe my coment didn't send through kmt. I was in Canterbury crown court with my fiancé yesterday I wish I see this post couple of days ago at least we would of got a nice munch instead of lidl buns lol. Thank you for sharing this with us darling. Visit me www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk whenever you can. Kisses, Dominica S. xXx

    1. What a shame! Thanks for stopping by, if you're in Canterbury again I'd definitely recommend this place, it is lovely xx


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