Lovie Yancey first opened Fatburger’s doors in Los Angeles in the 1950s, and it hasn’t stopped feeding Americans since. Although pricey for fast food, these burgers are nothing to kick out of bed.
Normally the chain insists on using US beef, but because of import regulations, Aussie cattle do the job here (fresh, not frozen, thank you).
Strategically placed near the American Embassy, you might wonder if you’re actually in China when you take a gander around the jukeboxy restaurant. There’s a misfit O’Briens counter hiding off to the side, which seems out of place, but it is part of the same company so can happily sell you a sandwich or a salad if you have one of those type of friends in your group.
Instead, make a beeline for the counter and choose off the shortlist where your order will be hollered back in unison by the happy kitchen crew. The star of course is the burger, and it comes dressed with lettuce and a pickle slice in three different sizes: fat (40RMB), double (60RMB) and triple (80RMB).
If you’re hungry, go for the adult version of a kiddy meal: the Fatburger meal (60RMB), which includes a side (fat or skinny fries, or crisp-battered onion rings) and a drink. Other contenders include hot wings (40RMB), which will leave you lukewarm, but the hot dog (28RMB) will give you a run for your money.
This diggity dog is a splendidly rare find in the ’Jing – and passes muster(d) with high marks. Mind you, it’s a California dog, and that means it’s got ‘stuff’ in the bun in the guise of raw chopped onions, sweet relish and ballpark yellow mustard. Man, it’s good.
And finally, the milkshakes (30RMB), can also be enjoyed.
Is it a big deal that a pricey burger chain hits the capital? To some, yes, to others it’s a place to go when you’re near Solana on the way to a flick.
It’s not exactly going to change your life, but it will fill that fast-food craving to the brim. Lillian Chou
One of Beijing's best burger restaurants!