REVIEW: Mirage2, Chislehurst High St
Nestling between the estate agents, the shi-shi boutiques and the nu-coffee shops is a rare gem in Chislehurst.
This is Mirage2, an unlikely sight on the High Street. While it doesn’t look much from the outside if you step inside you’ll step back into a diner straight from the late 80s.
On the walls of this spotlessly clean eatery are framed photos of Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise and Michael Douglas; there’s UB40, Queen and Prince on the jukebox; and the licensed bar area is decorated with neon signs. On the menu are burgers, omelettes and, of course, prawn cocktail, alongside the curiously titled Salad of the Mafia.
If this diner was in a fashionable part of north London, Mirage2 would be retro and ironic, probably run by a man sporting carefully-fashioned facial hair and a vintage shirt.
But Mirage2 is in suburban Chislehurst and what makes this place special is that it is the genuine article.
Opened 11 years ago by Ali, the head chef who is assisted by his wife Havva, Mirage2 has developed a cult following – with its own appreciation society on Facebook. It has achieved this because it’s nothing more than an honest little diner.
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