Although the Clerkenwell/Farringdon area has plenty of renowned restaurants, when you’re hung over, there’s nothing better than good ol’ greasy, American food. We found ourselves on the doorstep of Tinseltown and just couldn’t help ourselves.
The interior was decorated with bright green booths and looked like a tacky, run-down bowling alley that had been converted into an American diner. Not the best first impressions…
The menu is big and at first glance, can be a lot to take in. Nursing our hangovers, we chose our dishes which changed numerous times, especially as the service was slow.
My friend ordered a burger untraditional to what we’re both used to; the Bollywood chicken burger (chicken fillet marinated in tandoori).
The burger, when it arrived, was small, uninspiring and looked empty, or maybe I’m just used to burgers towering over the rest of my food. For some odd reason, they also felt the need to poke a stick through the centre to hold it together.
The onion rings on the other hand, were incredibly more-ish. The rings had a golden crispy batter that still had a good amount of onion inside and were well seasoned without a hint of grease.
Trying to be healthy in January and eating at an American diner certainly don’t mix. Nevertheless we ordered the side salad which arrived drenched in dressing, ruining the taste and texture. It was completely unappetizing and as a regular fan of salads, it was an insult to vegetables. Most of the salad was left untouched.
The Mexican vegetables dish on the other hand, was much more appetizing, however I can’t imagine that these were entirely healthy either.
To balance out the ‘healthy’ salad, I probably chose the most unhealthy item on the menu; Texan BBQ Zilla Stack topped with halal beef ‘bacon’, which intrigued me enough to throw any healthy eating out the window.
At first taste, the chicken melted in my mouth and was exactly what my body was craving. The ‘bacon’ was surprisingly good and although it didn’t taste anything like bacon, had a slight smoky flavour. Unfortunately, the dish was drenched in BBQ sauce and after a few bites, the sweetness was too much and overpowered both the chicken and ‘bacon’.
Overall, Tinseltown gave us what we wanted, a cure for our thumping heads. If it wasn’t for this minor detail however, I doubt I’d return. If you’re a big of TGI Friday’s, you’ll find that Tinseltown is a cheaper alternative and isn’t that much different.
– Tinseltown, Farringdon