The new menu is certainly something to behold too, with each of the burgers being served as a double patty, and a couple new additions to the classics inspired by the Jesmond restaurant's menu. Taking inspiration from his new venue, formerly a bank vault and characterised by its grungey feel and arched rooms, Mike has took burger porn to a new level. Unlike the rustic feel the Jesmond one has, the new Fat Hippo is a little more grown up. And a lot cooler. But not in a way that a lot of hipster places are trying to be right now. It's more effortless. Like here, take this giant burger on your plastic tray, and these triple fried handcut chips and stuff your face. No judgement.
After spending all day staring at the menu while I was at work, I still had to leave it until pretty much the last second before I ordered. Pretty much relying on the manager, Arthur, to help me pick what to have. Starting with an enamelware dish of chilli nachos and an order of buffalo chicken fingers with hot sauce, we were treated to an insight into the sheer scale of the portion. Definitely not for the faint hearted. The chicken was a fair size for a starter, but be warned, the nachos themselves pretty much constitute a full meal for two! So I was a little apprehensive about how much of my burger I'd actually make it through but I think I coped pretty well. Especially considering that I had selected the Born Slippy burger, an epic combination of rib meat, two 4 oz beef patties, chilli jam and jalapenos (and of course I added cheese to be extra greedy..). Even now, going through the pictures for this post, my mouth has been watering. What makes Mike's burgers so good is that all the food is cooked fresh. The meat is ground and blended in-house on a daily basis. And while they're definitely the ultimate in burger porn, they don't leave you feeling vile. You have everything that's good about a proper dirty burger, but served fresh in a soft brioche bun. Accompanied by their triple cooked, soft and flavoursome fries, it's definitely the sort of place you need to have a lie down after visiting. Just make sure you wear something baggy when you go.