Review: Dean’s Diner (Newtown)

s and brought it to the Sando. The serving was big, the chips were good and cheap ($3.50). We were convinced.

Another day my sister and I found ourselves hungry in Erskineville after a party and all kitchens were closed. Except for Dean’s, of course. We bought burgers and took them to the Sando to enjoy with schooners of Whale Ale. What a treat.

As I said before, the shop looks dodgy, perhaps because everything in it must have been there for several decades (except the food, I hope!). But I’m certainly not judging it fairly. Takeaway sandwich shops in my hometown are hundreds of times dodgier and there was a time when me and the band used to eat in one of those establishments once a week, usually between the sound check and the gig.

Back to Dean’s, the sign outside tells us a bit about its age: it says “milk bar”, a term not used that much these days.

Dean's Diner

The place looks pretty vintage (I’d say from the 60s) and probably the most modern piece of decoration is the AC/DC clock by the cold drinks displays.

Dean's Diner: AC/DC clock & drinks

The menu on the wall offers a wide range of burgers from which I have only tried the plain and the Greek ones. The options include:

  • McDean Burger (meat, onion & sauce) $5.50
  • Plain Burger (meat, lettuce, tomato, onion & sauce) $6.00
  • Aloha Burger (meat, pineapple, lettuce, tomato, onion & sauce) $6.50
  • Burger with the Lot (meat, bacon, egg, cheese, pineapple, beetroot, lettuce, tomato, onion & sauce) $9.00
  • Cheese Burger (meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion & sauce) $6.50
  • Deans Double Cheese Burger (meat, lettuce, tomato, onion, two slices of cheese & sauce) $7.00
  • Chicken Burger (grilled chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, onion & sauce) $7.50
  • Egg Burger (meat, egg, lettuce, tomato, onion & sauce) $6.50
  • Bacon Burger (meat, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion & sauce) $7.00
  • King St Burger (meat, bacon, egg, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion & sauce) $8.00
  • The Greek Burger (meat, haloumi, lettuce, tomato, onion, tzaziki [sic]) $8.50
  • Chicken Schnitzel Burger/Wrap (lettuce & mayo) $7.50

If you don’t feel like having a burger, you can get a wrap, roll, kebab or sandwich:

  • BLT Wrap (bacon, lettuce, tomato & mayo) $7.00
  • Souvlaki / Kebab, lamb or chicken (lettuce, tomato, onion, hummus or tzaziki [sic]) single $7.50 double $9.00
  • Bacon & Egg Roll $6.50 With a regular coffee $9.00
  • Steak Sandwich (lettuce, tomato, onion & sauce) $7.50

The vegos have a few options too:

  • Haloumi Wrap (haloumi, lettuce, tomato, onion, hummus or tzaziki [sic]) $7.50
  • Falafel Wrap (falafel, lettuce, tomato, onion, hummus or tzaziki [sic]) $7.50
  • Grilled Vegie [sic] Wrap (grilled vegies [sic], lettuce, tomato, onion, hummus or tzaziki [sic]) $6.50

With your burger you can get extra cheese for 50c, small chips for $3.50 and a can of soft drink or water for $2. You can also get an additional beef patty for $3. There are some items in the menu for which you can order extra haloumi for $1.50.

Dean's Diner: Burgers & wraps menu

Two weeks ago Alvaro and I had a Greek burger with chips there. It was tasty and big enough for feeding both of us (we had shared a salad some hours ago).

Dean's Diner: Greek burger with chips

Dean's Diner: Greek burger with chips

There is a hot display with fried stuff that honestly I don’t plan on trying: spring rolls, hash browns, potato scallops, devil chicken wings, cheese & spinach things (?!), chicken & corn rolls, cornjacks, chicken schnitzel, veggie cakes.

Dean's Diner: Fried stuff

There are salads sitting in a cold display along some rice pudding. I haven’t tried the salads and I have my reservations about eating food from a display without knowing when it has been prepared. The prices are good, though: $4 for the small, $5.50 for the medium and $7 for the large.

Dean's Diner: Salads & rice pudding

It’s not all about the burgers and the chips (and wedges), there are some seafood items on the menu, but I haven’t seen anybody ordering them and I don’t want to be the first in testing the freshness of the products.

Dean's Diner: Eat in menu

Dean’s Diner
385 King Street
Newtown NSW 2042

3 thoughts on “Review: Dean’s Diner (Newtown)

  1. I remember having food from Dean’s after a late night out at the Sando watching bands on a dodgy stage made out of milk crates and bits of wood. The good old days!

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