Don’t go for the food. Not even the potato that’s ‘cooked in a traditional potato oven’. Not even the Beef and Chicken Burger or the Skyline Mega Burger (the latter the closest thing Liverpool has to a Man Versus Food challenge: four quarter-pounders, ham, onion rings, has browns, bacon, swiss cheese and cheddar cheese). Well, maybe the latter if you’re very, very hungry.
The food, on the evidence of a late lunch there, is not what the Skyline Diner does best. Oh, it’s perfectly serviceable – sarnies and spuds and all-day breakfasts – but Lark Lane has outlets that does this stuff really well, and we couldn’t recommend the Skyline Diner over the Moon and Pea or Green Days Cafe on the Lane, or Onion on Aigburth Road for lunch.
But what those other places cannot offer is a milkshake made with Mini Eggs. Or a Topic, Or Lion Bar. Or Viscount Biscuit. We’re forced to ask whether there’s anywhere in the rest of the world that will offer a milkshake made with Toblerone, chocolate digestives or Hobnobs.
Fancy a touch of class? Monsieur, with zis Ferrero Rocher milkshake you are really spoiling us! Is this a good thing? It is not for us to say. Let it be said that we did try the fruit milkshakes – a strawberry and a banana.
Do we want syrup or fresh fruit? We want fresh fruit. But that doesn’t stop the resulting ‘shake being the sweetest thing this side of one of those pictures of a dog with its paw around a cat.
If milkshakes aren’t your thing you can choose a sundae instead. Or Belgian Waffles. Look, if you like sweet stuff you’re in luck. As for the rest? Well there are smoothies if you’re after something rather more healthy.
Who is The Skyline Diner for? We don’t know. With its flat-screen tellies and gingham table covers and cloud-painted ceiling we really don’t know. In some ways it’s a good fit for Lark Lane, especially if we finally get a Summer to speak of.
Mums of young children may enjoy the enclosed space to the side and kids may enjoy a sugar rush to send them around the bend for a good few hours. Any just maybe the unlikely ‘shakes may appeal to the part of you that loved ridiculous, filthy, slutty food.
Beyond that? Well, there has to be someone out there who’d buy a Kinder Bueno milkshake, eh?
The Skyline Diner
3 Lark Lane