Diner One – Willagee (the one I wished was around when I was in uni)
Diner One in Willagee is exactly the kind of spot I wish had been open when I was still a student (and still skinny enough to enjoy unhealthy food like this regularly). It has the perfect combination of being both cheap, hearty and tasty. The place serves Taiwanese style food, including yummy fried chicken breasts, fried chicken pieces, fried octopus balls, fried squid tentacles, fried mushrooms, fried fish tofu, fried mantou buns with condensed milk… You get the (very fried) picture.
However, fried food isn’t the only thing Diner One does, as they also have a variety of braised meat dishes as well as other items on the menu.
Hubby and I visited Diner One recently and ended up ordering a Squid Tentacle Rice ($10.80) and a Braised Pork Rice ($8.80).
The squid was well-fried and well-seasoned, and each bite of the squid was crispy and tasty.
The braised pork rice was quite pleasant and hearty. Interestingly, the meat in the dish consisted of minced pork and teeny-tiny slivers of fatty pork belly bits, and was braised in the style of tau yu bak1 (soy sauce meat). The resulting porky and savoury flavour made the dish surprisingly comforting and hearty, and is a steal at $8.80.
Both dishes were served with a side of garlicky pickled vegetables, half a braised egg (also tao yu bak style) and hint of braising sauce ladled over the rice.
Serviettes, cutlery and tap water are all self-service.
Diner One is a bit of a hidden gem. You can find Diner One tucked away at the end of a row of shophouses off Weber Street in Willagee, right behind the Willagee Department of Transport office and the Charcoal Chicken place (you can’t miss that big sign visible from the corner of Leach Highway and Stock Road). You have to access it either from within Willagee itself, or via Leach Highway westbound.
The interior is cosy and simple, but the atmosphere was slightly ruined by a slightly rank aroma in the air that permeated the entire dining space. It smelt a bit like offal being cleaned and/or old grease from frying. If it wasn’t for the smell, this place would have rated much higher my estimation.
Otherwise, the staff are friendly, the food is great, and the prices are cheap. As long as the smell is dealt with, this place is a dependable destination for cheap, hearty, tasty food.
Location: 6A Webber St, Willagee, WA 6156
Tuesday to Fridays – 11:00 am to 3 pm, 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Saturdays & Sunday – 11:00 am to 8:30 pm
How to book?
Call on 0403 033 358.
Dine in and pick-up available.
1 Hokkien/Teochew for soy sauce meat. More specifically, it refers to the Teochew dish of soy sauce braised pork meat