After reviewing the new vegan burger on the menu by Fat Hippo at Bonded Warehouse we were pleased to hear that they were launching more options across the North East in their restaurants. Pip and I were invited along to try out the other burgers in the Durham branch, the only restaurant from the local chain I haven’t visited.
Internally they all follow a similar style, rugged and edgy. The Durham seemed busy when we were there but plenty of tables were being turned over for other diners whilst we sat and enjoyed our food.
If you’ve read our other reviews, you’ll know that we have had some good visits to Fat Hippo. We started with the Wachos (with Truffle Mayo as the Vegan option) to share and then had some decisions to make on which burgers we were going to choose.
Last time we were amazed by the Notorious VFC but want to try something different, for the purposes of the blog 😉 Pip ordered the Shroom Raider and I opted for the Bloody Harrelson. When you have an experience like we had last time round, it’s always interesting to see if a restaurant can follow up with something as good or better.
The starter arrived quickly. The guacamole was incredible but by heck did you need a drink near you. The hot sauce for Pip was HOT, I thought it was just about right. The small pieces of chopped up VFC along with the nachos themselves were delicious. The hungry amongst us could have probably coped with this being a starter for one. Pip and I were well aware that we had to be restrained if we were going to enjoy our burgers.
You know those moments when your food arrives, you take a look at it and think to yourself, “Yeah, we’re on the right track here…”? Well it certainly happened here. I get a bee in my bonnet about ‘stacked’ burger that need a stick to keep them straight. My Bloody Harrelson was definitely one of those and I wasn’t sure how I was going to eat the blinker without getting stuff all over my face! The Shroom burger with its vegan cheese fritter was something I’d not seen before in any of the restaurants I’d visited.
Pip isn’t a huge fan of mushrooms but the cheese fritter made her want to try this. It was so filling we thought it could have been served on its own without the mushroom and was quite rich.
We’ve already established we think the VFC is good. When I took the first bite of the Bloody Harrelson my face apparently lit up. My first words were “YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS!” How the patty is made puts it on a par of the best vegan burgers we’ve had, anywhere! It’s texture is meaty, much like the VFC. The Alabama sauce did make it a bit unwieldy and the vegan brioche bun started to fall to pieces. This didn’t bother me but worth noting it isn’t an easy eat.
If you want a vegan chicken burger, get the VFC. If you fancy trying something a bit different, go for the Bloody Harrelson. The chips on both dishes were your normal Fat Hippo chips, skin left on but cooked like your Mum would have done when you were little.
After the burgers we were struggling for room so didn’t order anything else. We didn’t really need too either, the mission was successful. We have definitely found some tasty vegan burgers to share with you all. It was a nice night out to Durham, too. With the weather being warm (still) and atmosphere in the restaurant, the staff were superb and service was timely and helpful.
We can’t wait to go back.
Thanks for reading.