Retro Fittings & Sassy Sweets:
Doughbox Diner, Enmore

Visited on the 2nd of May 2014.

You know those crazy moments when you wander into your closet, find Narnia and go exploring for two months neglecting your food blog? No? Well this is awkward…

Okay, let’s be honest for a moment.

I don’t possess the wit required to conjure up a good excuse and warrant my sudden disappearance. But to be fair, none of you called the police expressing your concern! I’ll call us even :).

Long story short, within my absence I…
– Graduated
– Turned 22
– Got a logo created
– Did my first professional food shoot with my blog partner Anthony
– Obtained photoshop (goodbye primal default Nikon editing software!)

Now that I’ve got that out of the way, back to the writing!

Doughbox diner had been on my hit list for months (almost as long as mad spuds cafe)! After a lovely dinner at Lucio’s pizzeria, I headed over to Doughbox Diner with a few of my friends. The décor and menu was influenced by the concept of a vintage 1950’s style American diner. They serve classic desserts such as the humble banana split and also offered a signature hand held crepe cone!

DSC_1648Ouitside Doughbox Diner

DSC_1585Retro pictures on the wall

DSC_1644One of the funky seating booths inside

 DSC_1588Old Fashioned Banana Split: Chocolate, vanilla & strawberry ice cream nestled in a split banana and topped with hot fudge sauce, whipped cream & a cherry on top ($11)

Since I was a child, banana splits were imbedded in cartoons and hence my current soft spot for them. I loved the presentation of the banana split (especially with the cherry on top!). As for flavour, the banana split didn’t surpass my expectations but just hit the mark. It’s what you would expect it to be; I wouldn’t advise hoping for it to be a (super) banana split with a cape and all =p.

DSC_1616Peggy Sue: Strawberry summer & french vanilla ice cream, decorated with fresh strawberries, whipped cream, strawberry syrup, hot fudge sauce & nuts ($11)

This was essentially a strawberry sundae and my friends and I preferred this over the flavours of the banana split. I won’t pretentiously talk about a sundae, I think we all know what it is :).

DSC_1593Double Swiss Chocolate Thickshake: served with whipped and a cherry on top ($8)

As far as thickshakes & milkshakes go, the presentation was great but I have to be honest and say the flavour was average. Although the texture was fine, I feel as if the ice cream let the shake down.

DSC_1642Big Dough Box: Pepperoni, ham, chicken, bacon, sujuk, onion, feta, olives, garlic, cheese ($13)

Note: I moved the crepe onto the plate to take a photo (yes, it’s still a bad photo I know).

Feeling a little peckish and reluctant to leave the venue without trying their signature led us ordering a savoury crepe to finish off the night. As it turned out, their savoury crepe was pretty tasty! The crepe was a little sweet which paired well with the cured meats and cheeses. Given, it was a little greasy (I wouldn’t expect anything less from any dish with bacon, pepperoni and two cheeses), but overall the crepe was good!

Ambiance: As mentioned earlier, doughbox’s concept is that of a 1950’s diner so think neon lights, retro décor and booths! The noise levels were moderate during my visit and the venue itself wasn’t too big so I found Doughbox cosy. I wouldn’t recommend in a group with more than 6 people.

Service: The service was quite good and friendly. The only downside was that it tended to be a little slow at times.

Final Thoughts: My visit to doughbox diner was good enough to satiate my sugar cravings but unfortunately didn’t leave me with a desire to return in haste. I feel that this place has a lot of potential but I wasn’t the overly fond of the ice-cream used in the desserts & thick shake. That being said, the savoury crepe was good and the 1950’s theme gave the venue a really nice charm.

Doughbox isn’t a venue I’ll be raving about, but it’s worth experiencing if this place has been on your bucket list.

Doughbox Diner
137 Enmore Road
Enmore NSW 2042

Website: http://doughboxdiner.com.au/

Phone: (02) 9565 1995

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