Fat Hippo, 36 Saddler Street, Durham, DH1 3NU
Finally Fat Hippo has landed in Durham - if you're from the North East you will have heard all about the Fat Hippo from their Jesmond and Newcastle branches. Last week Tor came through to my neck of the woods for a catch up and ended up here. Tucked up Saddler Street towards the Cathedral, Fat Hippo is a welcome addition to Saddler Street which is fast becoming the street to go to in the City for food.
Unlike the other bars and restaurants which occupy Saddler Street, Fat Hippo have stayed true to the history of the building and when you go inside you're greeted with wooden beams. There's the occasional modern touch and an amazing light display downstairs, however all and all the building looks amazing. Both myself and Tor went for their milkshakes while deciding what to choose to eat off the menu. As we'd done plenty of walking around the city centre, it was only right to have a starter - I went for their Mac n Cheese Balls and Tor their Dirty Skins. As you can see from the pictures both portion sizes were massive and could have been a meal in their own right. The food came out piping hot and tasted lush.
If you are a reader of the blog or follow me on any of my social media channels you will know that I am partial to a burger and deciding what burger to choose was a bit of a struggle. In the end I went for their Fat Hippo burger which consisted of a double 4oz patty with chorizo, onion rings, bacon and their signature fat hippo sauce. In order to try and be healthy, I choose sweet potato fries, however after that starter the burger alone would have been more than enough.
As you can see by the pictures, the Fat Hippo take pride in not just how their food tastes but also how it looks. Now as much as the burgers look instagram worthy, they taste bloody amazing. I can definitely see myself coming here anytime I'm in Durham for food. Considering we went for 5pm, the restaurant was quite busy, however we are currently in Graduation season at Durham University I'm surprised we managed to get seats. If you go on the Fat Hippo website you can reserve a table - I would recommend this if you want to go between Thursday - Sunday. Are you a fan of Fat Hippo?