When I mentioned to one of my friends (shout out to Sam) at Reading that I was heading up to Newcastle for a Masters, her first reaction was to excitedly recommend me to head to The Fat Hippo in Jesmond for lunch ASAP.
The Fat Hippo went straight to the top of my to do list however, once I got to University work, library sessions and reading started to get in the way and instead of spending my time tasting the wares of the popular restaurant, I sat inside reading up on Semiotics. Bore. However, after two months, I finally persuaded myself and one of my housemates to make a special trip to the Hippo and it wasn’t long before I returned again with more friends in tow.
The first time I visited I opted for the Italian Job, a breaded chicken burger with mozzarella, pesto and sundried tomatoes which was bloody delicious. The chicken was soft with a little bit of crisp and although I wasn’t sure whether I was a massive fan of sundried tomatos beforehand, I definitely know I am now.
My most recent visit saw me tackle an even bigger beast. The Fat Hippo’s namesake burger is a huge slab of burgerporn, so delicious that it’ll have you craving for more even when your trouser buttons have popped off. The thick beef pattie which is just the perfect amount of pink is nestled among cheese, chorizo, bacon, caramelised onions, fat hippo sauce and a mouthwatering mound of onion rings. Although I did defeat the beast, I was beaten by the accompanying fries which I had ordered with cajun seasoning, they were just one bite too far.
If you’re heading to the Fat Hippo, be prepared to queue, it’s mighty popular, however, don’t be put off as their service is fast and friendly! The Hippo also offers great value for money; both times I ate there, I didn’t need grazing for the rest of the day, so you’re practically getting a two for one deal! Perfect for the economising student in us all!
If you’re heading into Jesmond then the Fat Hippo should be on your list of places to eat and if you’re in a hurry, they have a takeaway deli which is literally around the corner! Perfect!