‘Welcome to Fatburger! How are you!!!!!!?’
Those exclamation marks are not an exaggeration. That’s the welcome I received when I walked through the doors of Fatburger in Camden Town. Not only that, he broke the third barrier.
Looking like a deer caught in the headlights (I must have this look everytime I review new food) he stepped out from the counter, stood next to me and talked me through the Fatburger menu.
He points to a helpful diagram of the ‘build your burger’ system. It looks like they pack a lot of things, like Five Guys crazy, but it turns out not that impressive. More on that later.
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It was lunch time. Hmm. Do I sit in work slumped in a food coma from a Fatburger or spicy sauce all over my face from eating chicken wings? Decisions, decisions.
That’s when I noticed the Buffalo Chicken Wrap. Work ruins all my fun.
It wasn’t anything to write home about. The spicy orange sauce did make it slightly more than average. £7 seems a lot for a fairly small wrap too.
The fries were good at least, complete with a healthy shake of Cajun seasoning.
Oreo milkshakes are everywhere it seems. Fatburger have their own spin, Cookies and Cream (£4). It’s as good as it sounds. As if an Oreo milkshake wasn’t indulgent enough, the whipped cream puts it over the top, in a good away.
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I couldn’t review Fatburger without trying their specialty, the Fatburger, so I went back to try it a couple of weeks later.
This time Fatburger were busy. The kitchen is an organised chaos which matches the upbeat music. Oddly, the cashier and kitchen staff exchange shouts back and forth of your order like a drill sergeant. Now everyone knows I’m a greedy so and so!
But staff genuinely seem happy to work there, whatever you got to do to keep morale up in the name of friendly service I guess.
Again, the Fatburger (£6) didn’t knock my socks off like the Greedy Burger at Burger Bear for example. It’s a perfectly fine burger don’t get me wrong. If you thought the patty would be the biggest you had ever seen, you’d be wrong. The Fatburger comes with lettuce, mayo, relish, tomatoes, onion, pickles and mustard. Although I only had the single – a three patty burger is available for £11. The meat is also 100% pure Halal lean beef.
I also tried the Buffalo Wings which come in a long list of sauces ranging from mild to something called Death Valley.
I of course choose Death Valley.
‘oooooohh!’ Said the cashier.
Oh oh. How hot is the Death Valley sauce?
Very it turns out.
The Death Valley sauce should come with a warning. Side affects include unblocking your nose, cause a burning sensation in your throat, numbness of the tongue and uncontrollable tears.
The first bite is managable, but after finishing the six piece wings (the smallest portion I might add (£5.50)), you might encounter some or all of these side affects.
Wings come with carrot and celery sticks and a choice of sauces (I can recommend the ranch sauce).
I can see trying the death valley wings becoming a challenge amongst mates or something, but I can’t think of another reason why you would choose Fatburger over somewhere like nearby Hache and its peanut butter burger.
Oddly it occurred to me where the happy welcome comes from. Keenan and Kel welcome to good burger home of the good burger can I take your order? Like I said, odd.