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.
ALL THE BURGER YOU COULD NEED.