Reviewed by Sabrina Fancy
When I visited HipChips, a crisps and dips café, last year I was suitably impressed. I recently made another visit, to this lovely and quirky eatery with my kids as we are big fans hand-cooked crisps and the variety of dips on offer.
These multi-coloured crisps are a result of the different variety of potatoes used, according to seasonality. The crisps are thickly sliced, crispy on the outside and chewy towards the middle and taste very fresh, unsurprising since they are handmade in the shop! They are kept under a light which prevents them from being soggy because light evaporates liquids.
So, what’s new since my last visit? Well, the place had a lot of patrons (but still we still bagged a table) with the same lovely and friendly staff!
There were some additional dips to the menu since I visited last and just like the variety of potatoes used at Hipchips are according to seasonality-so were the dips.
With Chinese New Year occurring on Friday Feb 16th I was pleasantly surprised to see 2 new dips incorporated into the menu to mark the occasion. These were Hoisin sauce and the sweet Lychee mousse and orange blossom honey. I decided to give these 2 new flavours a go.
I have to say that I was a bit sceptical at how such complex flavours, could be incorporated into HipChips concept but I needn’t have worried.
The Hoisin sauce, typically a fragrant sauce commonly used in Chinese cuisine was very flavourful and delicious! The HipChips dip tasted much better than the hoisin sauce I am accustomed to! You could really taste the various flavours such as soy sauce and the Chinese 5 spices powder and amazingly, it worked brilliantly with the chips.
The Lychee mousse and orange blossom honey was very fragrant, sweet and light. Lychees are a delicious white fruit native to China. The dip tasted light and florally and was beautifully paired with the orange blossom honey. While many typical ‘desserts’ leave me feeling a big sluggish, I find that sweet dips at HipChips are always light and delicious and go brilliantly with the cinnamon sugar sprinkled chips!
The other dips that we tried were brilliant as well. The Katsu curry is always a favourite, and of course my children loved the Campfire s’mores (chocolate with marshmallows) along with the peanut butter and jelly (the jelly had real fruit and was delicious!)
Little touches to customize the dips (i.e.: adding marshmallows to make ‘s’mores’) really make me feel that a lot of thought goes into perfecting these dips and they are perfect for adult and kids alike.
The wide range of dips, and the freshness and range of cuisines from Moroccan to China makes ensures that everyone will find a dip they enjoy!! There are so many sweet and savoury options that we had difficulty deciding!
I am pleased to note that the portion sizes remain as generous as ever and the 3 of us could not finish a box of 6 dips! But, they come beautifully packaged in a posh box which we took home for later (Perfect while indulging in Netflix!)
The prices remain very good value-especially for central London (Small £4.50, Medium £6.75 and Large £11.50)!
Overall, another great experience and one I will be repeating before the end of February in order to take advantage of the Hoisin and Lychee dips which are only currently available until the end of February – make sure you give these a go for something truly original.
For more information visit www.hipchips.com.
HipChips, 49 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 6HL | 020 7287 3114