Cuisine: Burgers and shakes
Intro: Yet another import from the US of A
Atmospherics: An acquaintance has an interesting theory. “Cyber Hub has such a great vibe that you feel you’re in a foreign country anyway. Which is why food here tastes 30% better than it does elsewhere.” There’s that, of course, but my own opinion is that despite being a mere chain, Fatburgers is way above the offerings of other burger chains anyway. Add to that the cachet of dining in Cyber Hub, and you have the perfect formula. What distinguishes Fatburger from other American chains is that they actually have three tenderloin burgers. They are the hottest sellers on the menu, the next one being the vegetarian burgers. What grabbed my attention was the casual interjection of onion rings with Amritsari masala on them, that too, in an American chain.
Table talk: The best part about this eatery with its vibrant red colour scheme is that each and every section has great offerings. In the starters, world famous wings (Rs 250/475 for 5/10) are meaty and succulent. Don’t waste the sharp blue cheese dip with the wings, but use it as a dip for the fries that are served with the burgers. Smokey Mountain Nachos (Rs 250) are a delight. In a couple of weeks, when the outlet acquires its liquor licence, they will make an excellent snack with beer. Even without a liquid accompaniment the nachos are light and flavourful with just the right amount of jalapenos and gherkin bits to give it a bite and the dollops of sour cream is a pairing made in heaven. The Tenderloin (Rs 295) is their no-frills burger. The meat is local and is grilled to your level of doneness. The patty is pleasantly chunky and neither does it fall apart nor does the bun disintegrate while you are eating it, but for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why it is called ‘Fat’ burger.
Plus and minus: I loved the fact that you can ramp up the spice level of many of the burgers by ordering spicy sauce (made in the USA) and the fact that they care for their vegetarian guests by serving soya chilli rather than the meaty version of the USA. I cringed at the Triple P (Rs 235) paneer burger.
Must try: The Zesty (v); Outlaw Spicy Crispy Chicken; Chocolate Milk Shake
Food: 3; Service: 3; Décor: 3
DLF Cyber City; 1st floor, Cyber Hub, Gurgaon
Open from 11.30 am to 12 midnight
Credit Cards accepted; alcohol licence awaited
Meal for two: Rs 1,200