Ando: I had high expectations and was bracing for an overwhelming diner experience at Jazz City Diner, but I shouldn’t have expected too much. American movies that I have been exposed to predominately depict large diners and I was let down by the actual size of this diner. With only 24 seats available in the diner, making a reservation is highly suggested. Recommended by B’s friend, we knew that we had to give this diner a go. We were lucky to grab a booth without making a booking due a reserved group’s lateness. Though we were faced with the challenge of ordering and finishing our meals within 45 minutes, it wasn’t that difficult for us as we already knew what we wanted to get from examining their menu online.
Drawing on inspirations from New Orleans, there is a novelty value is highlighted throughout their display of art deco interiors. There is also a considerable emphasis on a jazz theme from the posters of Jazz musicians, CD covers positioned on walls and the music that is played. Whilst waiting for our meals, it was captivating to dart our eyes on the uniform of the waitress, the vintage clock, retro fridge and many other intriguing diner elements. We actually forgot to bring one of our camera lens and due to the tight space it was difficult to take snaps of the interior.
The only reason why I would come back to this place would be to order the Peanut Butter Malted Milkshake ($10). The milkshake and floats are made with homemade ice cream. We also ordered Butterscotch milkshake which was overly sweet, but it was the Peanut Butter that made us reorder another glass. This drink is an explosion of goodness and the sweetness takes you on a roller-coaster ride. It tastes like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and even though you know that this drink will hurt your waistline, it is just too good to put down! We highly recommend you try this milkshake.
First dish up was the Texas Chili Burger with Texas style spicy beef chili, cheese, lettuce, mayo, pickle and relish served with sweet potato fries ($17). There was the also the option of adding guacamole, jalapeños chillies, fried tortilla chips and cumin mayonnaise for an extra $3 each. It was a great starter and the burger was juicy and immensely meaty. The spiciness of the burger also made it an enjoyable dish. The sweet potato fries had a perfect balance of sweet and salt, was crunchy on the outside and delectably soft inside.
The Fried Chicken Burger with Sweet Potato Fries ($16) was highly disappointing and a major let down! The flavour was bland and the chicken tasted of low-grade quality. Paying $16 for this burger is absolutely ridiculous!
The Chilli Fries ($10) became soggy within a short amount of time despite our lightning speed attempt at this restaurant. The seasoning was pleasant and it wasn’t too bad of a dish but it is not something that we would reorder in the future.
The Chicken Waffle ($22) was a strange tasting dish but despite this oddity it was delicious. The fried chicken was crunchy and the the waffle oozed buttery goodness. Five cubes of capsicum was positioned on the plate which was a bit peculiar. Perhaps to add colour to the dish? Though not visible, there was spinach hiding underneath the chicken. I guess you have to conceal vegetables one way or another!
238 Crown Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
(02) 9332 2903
Operating Hours: Lunch Tuesday to Saturday 12pm – 2pm; Dinner Tuesday to Saturday 6pm – 10pm; Closed Sunday and Monday.