It was a Tuesday night and Mr. H and I decided to have ourselves some Fatburger. Fatburger has been expanding noticeably and one recently opened in October close to Coquitlam Ikea.
It was quite a busy night, with lots of customers dining in as well as a good lineup for takeouts. It can only be described as an upscale fast-food joint, with bar seats by the window which had its own TV, and some cushy booths. After we placed our orders at the counter, we took our number, filled up our drinks and grabbed a seat. You get a choice of all your usual soft drinks under the Coca Cola family plus lemonade.
The burgers are made to order and you can see it happening through their open kitchen. We were told to expect about a 15 minutes wait which was an accurate estimate. The other thing that makes Fatburger upscale, aside from its price, is that a server came by to see if we liked the food, royal treatment by fast-food standards!
Crispy Chicken Sandwich ($8.49) – 2.5/5
“Lettuce, tomato, and mayo”
In between a sesame-sprinkled burger bun, you get your lettuce, tomato and mayo along with a decent-sized piece of crispy chicken breast. The chicken was very crispy and flavorful. In fact, I found it too heavily seasoned, but I definitely appreciated the crispiness. Since they chose to use chicken breast, the meat was a tad dry. The bun was fluffy and better than what you would get at McDonald’s.
Chili Cheese Fries ($5.99) – 1.5/5
The chili cheese fries were really salty, and I really couldn’t taste very much else as a result. I could almost hear my kidneys cry.
Large Fatburger ($6.49) – 2/5
“8oz 100% pure lean beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, relish, mustard, and mayo”
I found the meat dry and under seasoned so it really didn’t stand up to the rest of the ingredients. Also, if you ate it along with an order of chili cheese fries then you’ll just find it plain bland. The dryness comes from the 100% lean beef, the cost of being healthy I guess!
Skinny Fries ($2.99) – 2.5/5
If you’re used to fries from McDonald’s you’re gonna find these fries thick. They were fine, no complaints and no surprises, the kind of fries you would expect at a typical restaurant.
All in all, it was pricy and not really impressive. They ran out of onion rings that night but from other reviews I’ve seen, some say the onion rings are also on the bland side so that and/or the regular fries would probably work best with the Fatburgers they offer. On the other hand, chili cheese fries would pair better with the crispy chicken sandwich although you might want to limit your sodium intake for the rest of the day…or month.