Last weekend my parents and I decided to try the Sage Diner in Mount Laurel, NJ. I had driven by several times and the outside appeared nice. Once again, I judged a diner by it’s cover. My parents had specified they needed to go to a “NJ diner”. they have been to several and my dad actually took me to the first NJ diner I’ve ever been too (The Town and Country). Long story short by the outside and a brief look at the menu, I thought it would be a nice place to take them.
The outside atmosphere is nice. It’s a cobblestone building with big black windows. The inside is half booths and half tables. There is a large bakery upon first entering the restaurant. It certainly made us want to try some of their baked goods. The atmosphere is really nice and I have no complaints.
The waiter was extremely friendly and took care of us the entire meal. He was one of the most friendly and nicest waiters I’ve ever seen. It was very clear he enjoyed his job and he was friendly and polite.
The coffee was good. The mug was small but they did give unlimited refills. The whipped cream was clearly homemade so that is always a win.
Even though the coffee was small, the menu was large. The Sage Diner has everything from breakfast, to Greek food, to salads to hamburgers and seafood.
I first ordered Matzah ball soup. Before last week I had never tried Matzah ball soup before. I determined the soup wasn’t my favorite type. My dad’s French onion looked really good and it is certainly something I want to try if I go back.
I ordered the Greek salad with salmon as well as pita bread. This salad was a lot bigger than I expected (thank goodness I was hungry). It came with the typical Greek fare and the salmon had skin on it (most people know my big fish pet peeve is removing the skin). The food as a whole was great. I have no complaints and rather enjoyed my meal.
We ordered the Mousse cake. It had a cream cheese frosting, whipped cream and chocolate cream. The cake had such a strange aftertaste that we took 2-3 bites and determined that it was not good.. I don’t know what was going on but it was one of the worst pieces of cake I’ve ever had (not an exaggeration). We had split a piece and neither my mom, dad or I finished a single piece. I could have easily finished that dessert by myself if I had liked it…but it wasn’t good so no point in eating it.
For my soup, meal, coffee and dessert it was 20 dollars. The cost was really cheap for local diners.
Would I return?
Overall thoughts: B
I would return because the regular food was good. The staff was friendly and the food was inexpensive. I will probably never try their dessert again. I don’t have complaints except for the dessert. I might be back to the Sage diner but for now I’m going to look into trying other diners with better desserts first.
Questions for you:
Have you ever had a dessert with a strange aftertaste?
What is your favorite soup?
Mine is split pea.