Steve and I found ourselves at Gill's Diner and yes the place was quiet but we didn't feel like after thoughts and we certainly weren't just served what was left at the bottom of the pan! The welcome was warm and we had our choice of tables. We deliberately chose a larger one so we could spread out the with newspaper and just enjoy each other's company without any communication!
We didn't have to wait too long - long enough that we knew the food was fresh and not just reheated! We split the golden pastry down the middle and immediately enjoyed the clean creamy goodness of mild cheese and spinach and the crunch of golden pastry. The salad was heavily dressed and the savoury dressing seasoned the delicate flavours of the spanakopita. Very enjoyable and not drowned in grease as can be the case or overly dry. Great proportion of pasty to filling ratios.
Steve decided to continue with the pastry theme and went with the beef and burgundy pie with chips and peas. It looked inviting and the chips were golden and rustic. I enjoyed a sneaky few dunked in the tomato relish that was supplied. The peas were good although quite soup like - peas in a pea soup almost. The pie was deemed to be good but more beef and mushroom than beef and burgundy and it looked a little dry and apparently tasted a little too. Nothing a little jug of gravy couldn't fix though!
I really liked the feel of Gill's Diner and it would be a great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It's very Melbournian and would appeal to many a friend so definitely one to remember.