Snacking gets the hipster treatment at new Soho concept cafe serving only crisps and dips. I popped along to HipChips to find out for myself what all the fuss is about!
DIP DEEP IN YOUR POCKETS
Situated on Old Compton Street in Soho, the crisp restaurant has thrown open its hipster doors to the public with their conveyor belt of heritage potato slices and fancy dips. So fancy in fact, that a pile of multicoloured crisps and two dips costs £4.50 – which is pricey in my book. A box of six dips is £11.50. With the slogan "Dip for Victory" they aim to bring you the best crisps in the world.
You pick your sweet and/or savoury dips and the chefs season your crisps accordingly – covered in sugar and cinnamon or salt respectively. And they’re pretty nice. The crisps are made from seven fancy potatoes and are seasonal, colourful and crunch.
I tried a selection of the savoury dips including the smoky cheese fondue and the jalapeno coriander and lime - both of which are phenomenal. HipChips really need to start making industrial quantities of these two dips to start selling in large tubs.
HipChips has a surprisingly elegant, understated interior. A crisp conveyor belt dominates the counter. The artisan varieties of potatoes look like mixed up bags of vegetable crisps or bright autumn leaves, depending on your outlook. This store is small though, so be mindful that you may not get a seat to enjoy your batch of spuds.
I’d say for the cheese fondue alone, it’s worth a visit.
HipChips, 49 Old Compton Street, W1D 6HL.