Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Fatburger, Dolmen Mall, Clifton

It seems to me as if there is some strange unseen connection between the human "Y" chromosome and the big, juicy burger. 

This is because whenever a new burger joint hits K-Town, its more often than not the male members of one's family, in the age-range of 15-45, who start to itch and get impatient to give it a visit! :)

Even if it means standing in a long queue for an hour! *sigh*

Well, first it was Hardees, and now, it is Fatburger.

 This queue-less entrance of Fatburger was photographed after 11 p.m at night, which is the time to visit this outlet in Dolmen Mall Clifton, if  you want to get your order straight away.

There is another entrance at the other end of the outlet, from where wives, children and other companions of the ones standing in queue, enter the outlet to claim and occupy their tables. 

The outlet is done in red and yellow themes. It is open, spacious and well-lit. 

I am not a big fan of wall graffiti, though. 

Customers can leave their handwritten feedback/comments on the walls.
Err, too much like high school for me. :-|

The men at work at peak business hours (9 p.m to 11 p.m nowadays).

 The fatburgers under construction.

Customized tissue boxes on every table. 

The menu, sans the prices. You can view it more clearly online here.
Almost everything about Fatburger reminded us of Hardees. It was literally like déjà vu!

The patchwork roof is also done up in yellow and red themes. Lots of spotlights too.

"Hand-tossed" Chocolate milkshake - Rs 190

Nowadays, refills are free.
I can almost hear the boys and men (the "Y" chromosome readers of this blog) grinning with glee at this news. :P
A drink this size otherwise costs Rs 120 separately i.e. if you're not taking it with a deal.

Onion rings and "Fat" Fries.
These were piping hot. Crunchy and crisp, with steaming, tender cores.
That being said, I will reiterate that those at Hardees were better.

The Chicken Sandwich Fatburger - with a single grilled meat patty.

The Turkeyburger. Again, with a single patty. Umm, we are not big burger eaters.
To my pleasant surprise, this burger had whole wheat buns! This is the first time in my life that I've had a turkey burger, and also the first time I've had one with whole wheat buns.
I like!

I decided to have two add-ons with my burger. Cheddar cheese and an egg.
You can see the egg under the meat patty. I thought it was a little too well-done. The egg white should be white, not brown!

 The prices are the same as Hardees. A single patty meal with fries and drink will cut you back Rs 700, whereas one with double patty will hover somewhere around Rs 900.

As we left, the outlet had become considerably empty.

The desolate entrance.
Just 2 hours ago, there was barely any room to stand under this orifice! 

Verdict: Honestly? I think the food at Hardees (as well as that offered by the lesser-known, order-in local burger businesses such as Big Thick Burgerz and Gourmet Burger Company) is much better. 

The burgers were good, yeah, but nothing out of the ordinary. But then again, I am not a big fan of burgers any way. The men in my immediate family are, though. :)

I think the milkshake was rich and deliciously creamy, and I will probably go back to have that, if ever.

As always, loud, jarring music is a big turn-off for our family. We could see the many infants and toddlers in the restaurant getting bothered by the high level of noise. In addition to the din, all the waiters at the counter (and there are quite a few) sing out in chorus every single order, as soon as its ready. Interesting touch.

But someone in the management should train them not to call women with infants "aunty"! :P