When you find yourself in Newcastle and in need of food its fair to say that you can be a little spoilt for choice. On my last visit however, there was only one place I had in mind; The Fat Hippo Underground.

Having visited the newest restaurant to the Fat Hippo in Durham earlier in the year, I knew I wanted to return and as soon as I knew I'd be eating in Newcastle, the burgers were calling my name again!

The Fat Hippo Underground, as the name suggests is underground, through a small neon lit doorway only a few steps away from the monument. Once inside, I was pleasantly surprised how much space there was, you really do forget you're underground. The decor is rustic and industrial style with exposed brick walls, more neon signs, hanging lamp lighting and big chunky wooden bench style tables with metal seating.

Although we visited on a very busy Thursday evening, we were quickly seated and our order was taken, so quickly in fact that I didn't manage to take a snap of the menu before it was whisked away!
As it was so hot inside, I opted for a candy floss slush without the alcohol (always designated driver) and Robbie just went with a coke.
The slush wasn't as sweet as I had expected, I'm not entirely sure how I would describe what I thought it would be but it was mainly grapefruit flavoured which was still nice, just different I guess!
Before long the food arrived and I managed to snap a few photos before we dived in.
Robbie ordered the Gastro burger; a double 4oz patty topped with parma ham, rocket and pesto mayo with a side order of Dirty Fries (skinny fries topped with bacon pieces and Fat Hippo sauce).
I finally got around to trying the PB&J burger ; a double 4oz patty topped with chunky peanut butter, cheese and homemade bacon jam with a side order of triple fried hand cut chips.

We ended up having to swap chips as Robbie didn't like the sauce on his fries, but I really loved it as it is quite tangy with a tiny bit of spice. He loved his burger though, and ate every scrap!
I didn't quite manage to eat all of mine, but I really loved every bite that I managed. I think I would even go as far as saying it was the best burger I have eaten in a very long time... The peanut butter tasted delicious with the burger and the bacon jam added a slight sweetness to every mouthful. I would without doubt choose this burger again!

I was so sad that we didn't have time for dessert, I'll definitely be back sooner rather than later though and I'm adamant I will try the cookie dough pie!
If you're looking for somewhere chilled out, with good drinks and even better food, this is the place for you.

Have you visited the Fat Hippo recently? Which burger is your favourite?
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