It is lastly right here – Fats Hippo has opened in Birmingham metropolis centre. The favored impartial burger chain opened in Bennetts Hill, within the unit previously occupied by Fillet of Soul which all of the sudden closed in March.
Fats Hippo focuses on burgers, loaded fries, and extra “old style, roll up your sleeves and put it in your face” meals. And it was one which I used to be undoubtedly prepared to strive.
The model already has greater than a dozen chains gaining recognition throughout the UK – with the restaurant in Birmingham changing into their twelfth location to open. So we had been able to examine them out as quickly because the doorways opened.
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Tried Archie’s and 5 Guys. So how would Fats Hippo fare? We managed to get a desk for 2 on opening weekend – and when my companion and I arrived about half an hour after they opened on Sunday and we had been the one individuals there besides for an additional couple.
However we needn’t have nervous, inside 10 minutes of being seated, an increasing number of individuals arrived for reservations, and by the point we had been leaving a bit over an hour after our lunchtime reservation, the restaurant was nearly full.
The employees had been extremely pleasant and useful, taking us to our desk and going via the menu – explaining the choices on supply and the specials of the month. Obtained the sensation that nothing was an excessive amount of, even after we tousled our order and forgot to ask for a starter, they shortly rectified all the pieces for us with no downside.
We additionally actually preferred the ambiance and the ornament. It was actually relaxed and rustic. It felt like a spot the place you would actually get pleasure from a calming afternoon/night date – or get along with buddies for a catch-up over burgers.
The menu was wonderful – and we each discovered it so tough to make a burger alternative. Beef burgers, buttermilk hen burgers, vegan burgers, loaded fries – you identify it, they’d it.
All of them sounded wonderful – they usually had probably the most unbelievable names to go together with them. Hangover III, The Final Samur-Thigh, Wild Invoice, Smelly Pete and Born Slippy.
We selected Trash Browns (£5.50) to share to start out, whereas my companion opted for the Hangover III burger (£12.90) and I had the Wild Invoice (£12.90). We had been then drawn to the milkshakes (we’re all massive youngsters at coronary heart, proper?) and ordered a Mars Assault (£4.90) and a Easy Strawberry (£4.50) .
Inside minutes our milkshakes arrived – and wow. My companion selected the Mars Assault – salted caramel, whipped cream, tender vanilla cream, chocolate sauce and Oreos. It was scrumptious, candy and creamy – similar to you’ll count on from a milkshake. The salted caramel flavors actually popped out – and the whipped cream and crushed Oreos on high had been excellent.
Nevertheless, the straightforward strawberry milkshake was the true winner right here. Described on the menu as “old fashioned”, this was the perfect strawberry milkshake I’ve ever tried. Take a step again McDonald’s, there is a new child on the town. It was actually recent – and the strawberry sweetness actually stood out. It was such a powerful taste however not overwhelming.
Subsequent was the Trash Browns. Wow. Small tater tots topped with cheese sauce and fried onions. They had been superior.
Little balls of potato goodness, very similar to a mini hash brown. The cheese sauce was skinny, however scrumptious – not too robust in style, and the fried Cajun onions actually gave it that little kick. We demolished the bottom as shortly as they got here out of the kitchen.
Then there have been the burgers. They actually didn’t disappoint. And Fats Hippo actually lives as much as the “good quaint roll up your sleeves and put it throughout your face” recreation. Get able to get soiled.
I went for the Wild Invoice – which was a double beef patty, American cheese, smoked bacon, BBQ sauce, ranch and jalapenos. I opted out of the bacon and jalapenos – and likewise upgraded to have the soiled vegan candy potato fries – (further £2.00).
It was the perfect burger I’ve ever tried. The meat was succulent and never chewy, whereas the cheese was soften in your mouth. And the mix of the 2 sauces was merely scrumptious. The bun was so tender too – nearly like melting bread in your mouth.
I upgraded my fries facet to soiled vegan fries – additionally selecting candy potato fries. They had been scrumptious. The candy potato fries had been completely cooked, whereas the Fats Hippo sauce protecting them was amazingly good. I must know the key.
My companion selected the Hangover III burger – buttermilk hen leg, American cheese, smoked bacon, lettuce, pickles, BBQ and ranch sauce. He beloved it.
The hen was succulent, there have been thick cuts of bacon and the sauce actually complimented each. He stated he is not a fan of stuffing an excessive amount of filling between two burger buns, but it surely was the proper quantity. He additionally upgraded the soiled fries (further £1.50) – with bits of bacon.
We had been so filled with all of the meals – and the employees kindly introduced us take out packing containers for our leftover soiled chips which we then loved on the home. However general the meals was a ten/10 from us.
I feel now we have discovered the perfect burgers in Birmingham. Fats Hippo will certainly depart its mark on town.
This was an impartial assessment and the meals was paid for by BirminghamLive.
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