Its not often you look forward to a Monday, but today was different. I had the opportunity to dine with my fellow ‘Best Halal Burger in the World” Group members at the specially arranged Pre Launch Event @FatBurgerUK.
After making a mad dash from my base in Stoke Newington I finally arrived at 7.30pm. Hoping that one of the 150 free burgers had my name written on it!
As I walked through the door, I was greeted to a chorus of ‘Welcome to FatBurger’ from the workers behind the counter. Damn… there goes my cover….
I immediately recognised some group members! But would they recognise me!!
‘You must be HaloodieFoodie!’ and my evening really took off.
We were seated quickly and a waitress came and explained the menu for the evening. As this was a pre launch event, FatBurger were only offering single patty burgers.
Our burgers arrived in due course cut in half and wrapped in Fatburger branded Greaseproof paper. As the burger patties are small (2.5oz, I guess) it’s very difficult to cook medium or medium rare. However, the patties were still moist. You could tell the quality of the meat was of a reasonable standard, no grizzly bits of cartilage or sinew. The seasoning was ok and the special sauce inside the burger had a slightly sweet taste which was offset by the sour gherkin. The bun was pillowy soft, akin to the Fillet of Fish bun in McD’s.
For a fast food burger, It was head and shoulders above other ‘Non Gourmet’ burger joints. Although, I would prefer a double or even a triple patty burger to really satisfy my carnivorous side.
The star of the show were the Buffalo wings. I had Red Hot Ranch wings and the Lemon pepper. These reminded me of the offer in Sticky Wings in Whitechapel. Hot, spicy with a sour kick! #nom. My only complaint is the size of the wing were also tiny.
I found the chicken tenders really succulent, but quite salty for my liking. The accompanying Ranch sauce complimented the salty chicken well.
Overall, I really enjoyed my experience tonight. Both on a food and more importantly on a personal level. It’s fascinating to meet people who are as passionate about halal food, especially the food bloggers I met!
Finally, I would like to thank @fatburgerUK for making this possible via the efforts of Hussein Pirbhai and Sameer Chatoo. I hope and pray that this is the first of many events from the best halal burger group.