Venturing up North for a dreadful afternoon of football, I stumbled across Fat Hippo. First impressions were similar to that of Dirty Bones; a small door with a big adventure inside. Neon signs, wooden décor and a wonderful, inviting smell of burger juice, this niche looking place looked right up my alley.
Texas - A double 4oz patty, topped with streaky bacon, cheese, onion rings and BBQ sauce, the Texas was bloody delicious. It was juicy and succulent, with a lightly toasted brioche bun, served up on a metal school-like tray. The onion rings had to come out though as they were humongous but they worked well as a side. A real nice burger which made being up North that extra bit sweet.
With lightly salted medium fries complimenting the meal wonderfully, there was perhaps no need to get any extras. The Mac n’ Cheese Balls though sounded delicious. I’m a sucker for mac and cheese. In a lightly fried crumbled coating, they were melt in your mouth. Literally. Topped off with a South West Orchards cider, it was a cracking meal and I’d highly recommend the Fat Hippo branch to anyone who dare venture up North.
Despite being a busy Sunday afternoon, the waitress set up a table in a back room for our party (there were 6 of us) which was ideal, and meant we didn’t have to wait for a table. The staff in general were friendly and attentive, even when they did forget to bring out the cheese balls.
This place just oozed class, yet portrayed a casual, youthful appearance at the same time. Red neon lights and wooden furniture. Bricked walls and low lighting. It felt like you were eating in an underground cavern, which in effect is exactly what was happening. It was so niche and cool. Being sat on a long table in the back room was also ideal.
Now I’m not saying this place is expensive by any means, but considering the location (up North), you might have been forgiven for thinking the prices would be a little cheap than down south. £9.50 for a burger, £4 for the cheese balls and £5 for a cider still makes for a well-priced meal (and you certainly get what you pay for). All in all, I’d definitely recommend Fat Hippo. Top stuff.
‘This will be the best burger you ever have; this will be your 10/10’. I’ve heard that before, but I had to check out Patty and Bun with claims like this from peers. With five London locations, Patty and Bun is slowly growing into one of the most sought after burger joints. I went to the James Street location, just off Oxford Road, knowing it was near to Regent’s Park.
‘ARI GOLD’ Cheeseburger – So it wasn’t quite 10/10 but my word, this burger was succulent juiciness at its best. A medium-rare beef patty, inside a brioche bun with all the normal insides, including a smoking patty and bun mayo, this burger was almost melt in your mouth. The only reason I knocked half a point off was due to the messiness of this burger, thanks to the juices spilling over the packaging. This was a cracking burger.
Although P&B’s range of sides are fairly limited, the chips with garlic chicken mayo and chicken skin salt were divine. The mayo just added to the flavour of the already medium cut, crispy yet soft chips, served in an overflowing pot. I also got a can of Coke, which was fresh but a cider would have been even better. Paying £1.75 for a can is also a bit much, but London.
Although the restaurant was busy (including the outside as London was having a surprisingly sunny afternoon), we didn’t have to wait long for a table. It got cleaned up fairly sharpish, and the service was fairly swift too. Maybe a little too rushed? The James Street crew were a happy bunch, bouncing around, taking orders and cleaning up. No real complaints here.
Another burger joint with a DIY feel to the interior, decked with chip board and handmade art on the walls, with wooden furniture, the interior was fairly basic. It had that hip feel to it though, with a laid back vibe, nothing too spectacular but clean and nice.
£7.50 for a burger. In London. What. A. Bargain. And this isn’t just any old burger, this is one of the nicest burgers I’ve had. The chips were £3.70, and the Coke was, as I said earlier, £1.75 so for a meal, £12.95 is a steal. There was no compulsory service charge either. I’d highly recommend patty and bun, even just for the burger if you fancy a quick bite to eat for lunch. Top class.
ALL THE BURGER YOU COULD NEED.