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HipChips: Crisps ‘n’ Dips for the 21st Century

SEEN needed no second bidding to go and try HipChips on Old Compton Street. I went when it was very quiet, but I bet there’s queues out the door on a Friday night…

Perfect for sharing, I had a lovely mix of salted and cinnamon sugared crisps in the HipChips trademark box with six dips: Baba Ganoush – hearty and filling; Veggie Ceviche – (my hands-down favourite), which was sweet and spicy; Beetroot & Lemongrass Marmalade – the lemongrass heightening the earthy taste of the beetroot; Jalapeno, Coriander & Lime – another favourite, which was heartily spicy, and for desserts: Cheesecake and Vegan Chocolate, neither of which I could actually finish, due to being too full, but you can be sure I took them home.

The potatoes are a mixture of five heritage and vintage varieties, cooked in such a way that they don’t feel like they’re fattening (possibly their danger!) The potatoes also vary in colour; from the red of Highland Burgundy 1936 to the Salad Blue 1940, it turns crisps into a gourmet experience and it’s not often you can say that. In the interest of research and reportage, your reviewer munched and dipped through her meal as though there was no tomorrow. But even I had to admit defeat in the end. No matter, the lovely staff stickered my box so I could take it home.

The brainchild of top chef Scott Davis (of Providores, Mirabelle and Fifty St James), HipChips sees boldness in his flavour combinations and use of international ingredients; in this reviewer’s opinion, providing an excellent counterpoint to the very British salted crisps.

The interior of HipChips is plain and simple with a sort of stained-glass window mural at the back dedicated to all things potato. It’s such a fun idea; suitable for anyone who’s staggered through Soho late at night with a howling attack of the munchies. You know who you are…

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