New burger joint at Dubai Mall, you say? We're on it. Here's what we thought of Fatburger's meaty morsels
Johnny Rockets was born a whole 34 years later, but, perhaps the more adventurous of the two, Johnny fled its nest and headed to Dubai shores in 2003. Since then, it’s opened four branches and become a firm favourite among burger lovers and families. Today, it runs more than 200 restaurants throughout the world, making Fatburger’s 91 seem rather quaint by comparison. It’s only this year that Fatburger has made its way to Dubai, and, unfortunately, it looks like it will continue to lose out to its bigger, younger brother.
For starters, the space is a hub rather than a proper sit-down restaurant, and it lies hidden between Nando’s, Zaatar W Zeit in the maze of The Dubai Mall’s lower-ground food court. We found that the ’50s diner theme had been replaced by stark, ‘food court’ furniture of beige plastic tables and brown chairs. In true fast-food fashion, the walls were swathed with images from the menu. It wasn’t exactly the ‘gourmet’ experience advertised by the PR.
Still, we would be able to put aside our aesthetic quibbles if the burger was good. As my date and I approached the counter, one thing was certain: the staff were feeling chipper. An extraordinarily smiley cashier took our order with such enthusiasm that I started to think my decision to have beef bacon and cheese in my burger was the best idea I’d ever had. Smiling from the flattery (I’m easily pleased), I was further amused when the cashier repeated our order to the kitchen staff who then cheered it back in chorus.
I was expecting a larger selection of gourmet accoutrements. The menu is pretty standard, with the sole exception that you can opt to have a fried egg top your patty. Still, when my burger came out, it was stuffed to the brim with tomato, onion, gherkins, bacon and cheese. It was messy, but glorious. My only gripe is that I wasn’t asked how I liked my meat: the patties come out well done and hence slightly small and shrivelled.
Personally, I think a proper burger should be served rare, but this wasn’t an option, and I wondered if this was due to the quality of the meat. I put these fears aside, and tore into some perfectly executed chips, their crisp shells giving way to a fluffy heaven. I was also a fan of my date’s onion rings, which were chunky, with a light, crumbly batter. A strawberry milkshake, made with ice cream and whole chunks of berry, made a delectable finish.
So, as it turns out, the older brother is still talented, but he’s not as good at selling himself as his spunky sibling. There are plans for a stand-alone Fatburger restaurant later this year on Jumeirah Beach Road, hopefully more effort will be made with the decor – and then there really could be some sibling rivalry.
The bill (for two)
1x Bottle of water Dhs5
1x Bacon cheeseburger combo Dhs43
1x Fatburger with cheese Dhs24
1x Onion rings Dhs12
Total Dhs84 Fatburger
|Location:||The Dubai Mall - Downtown Dubai - Dubai|
|Tel:||04 339 8493|
|Travel:||Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard|
|Experiences:||Takeaway available, Family friendly|
|Times:||Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight|
|Credit Cards Accepted:||No|
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Ali May 03, 2012 06:25 pm
Fatburger serves the best burgers in Dubai. I didn't have a burger as good as Fatburger. For people who complain about the portion, there is Double and Triple Fatburger and I always go for Double. The burger is so good, I can't describe how good it is! The fries are good.
Their service is the best, I always order home delivery from Mall of the Emirates and get my food within 15-20 minutes even though they informed me they'll get it within 30-45 minutes! I recommend Fatburger to all burger-lovers.
Munro Mar 11, 2012 04:59 am
next to In N Out, best burger joint ever! Went to the one Beijing WTC and will def go back!
A Jan 15, 2012 10:13 am
i started going to fatbruger 2 or 3 times a week since its my favorite on the way from where i work to where i study. i admit the burger isn't that big like people complained about but it isnt small either, its just the perfect size to enjoy without that full stomach disgust feeling you get from a XXXL burger. i prefer fat fries but skinny fries are also good. onion rings not that great. i would have one fat burger over 10 johnny rocket burgers. as for the price? i order one cheese burger+fries+soft drink (free refills) for 39 dirhams, that's 13 dirhams more than burger king which is sloppy and tastes like DEEP FRIED CARDBOARD!!! i rate decor 5 cause its simple, exactly what you want from a burger joint unlike uncomfortable and cramped JR. by the way the one in mirdif city center isnt as good as the one on jumeirah beach road
bob Oct 06, 2011 12:48 pm
very good cheesy decor but love it there ordering now
Aziz Aug 20, 2011 07:43 am
Next time I would rather prefer Johnny Rocket if I have to spend 40 on Gourmet Burger.
Otherwise Hardies is far more better than FAT, with Hardees, McDonald, Burger King Quantity is more than enough, where in FAT Burger anything you order it similar to Kids meal of one of these three franchises.
Fat Burgers is actually kids meal restaurant, and is very expensive.