By A. Paul Mitchell, London Dining Review
Prince Albert’s is a post-secondary mainstay that caters to quick lunches and late-night gorging. Two generations of students have pushed their way through crowds to sit in one of the cramped booths or small tables to enjoy satisfying deep-fried and grilled diner fare.
The menu is much like the décor: it remains unchanged over the years and pleasant despite being a little tired and predictable. And you would never want it to change. University towns require a couple of non-fancy diners like this one.
Looking over perogies ($7.95), gyros ($7.79) and turkey clubhouse ($8.99), I choose the Garlic Chicken Burrito ($8.49) because the waiter says it is their best.
My tortilla-wrapped marinated chicken with tomato and lettuce arrives quickly, presented simply (almost sparsely) on a large plate with rice cooked in chicken stock. The ingredients taste fresh, the garlic not too pungent, but the flavour is somewhat bland. My meal seems more of a grilled wrap than a burrito in my eyes though. Perhaps it is just semantics, but there is not a lot of cheese or sauce.
Charming if a little rough-around-the edges, Albert’s provides good value with their predictable line-up of popular, filling dishes. Nostalgia aside, there is good reason why the place is a popular diner destination.
Prince Albert’s Diner
565 Richmond Street
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 am – 3:00 am
Rating: ***½ (3.5)