When I first visited Fat Tony’s at Kosmonaut, I knew it wouldn’t be a short term thing. Not only are they staying on longer, they have extended the menu. You can expect a full poutine menu, new small plates and salads as well as new burgers and some different vegetarian offerings. I loved the menu before so I popped in to see if I liked the new items just as much.
We kicked things off with the ultimate cheese fest and a selection of the small plates on offer. The Baked Cheese arrived with sliced garlic bread, which was a lovely change to the regular toasted bread usually served with camembert. The Truffle Mac and Cheese was also good with a rich sauce that wasn’t too creamy but was VERY cheesy! It was also topped with a layer of melted cheese meaning each forkful was a cheesy mouthful of deliciousness. At £5 and £4, these small plates are ideal for enjoying over drinks with friends. To be honest, they are such a good size that they would also do if you are peckish but not in the mood for a full meal.
My friend chose one of the new vegetarian dishes and went for the Potato Burger. The burger itself was literally deep fried mashed potato, I think my friend was expecting some sort of onion or other vegetable to be in there but no. That said, she enjoyed it and said it was well seasoned. This is topped with halloumi, crispy shallots and a spicy harissa mayo for a towering feast of a burger finished off with chips and salad. At £10 for the lot, it is an actual bargain.
With my New York trip with a stop off in Philadelphia coming soon, I went for the Philly Cheesesteak from the new sandwich menu but chose, as always, to omit the mushrooms. I totally get why they would be there though as I am sure the mix of soft steak slices and creamy cheese sauce would have work well with them. It won’t just as well without and the soft poppy seed roll was the perfect home for it too. I am so used to these kind of sandwiches coming on a crusty roll but the sub style worked nicely for something slightly different.
To ensure a full cross section of the extended menu, we also tried one of the sides and couldn’t miss the Maple Bacon. It is literally that, a bowl of bacon but, oh my god, this is the most moreish thing ever. Slices of sticky and sweet yet salty bacon with a delightful chew, I am not sure I can ever visit Kosmonaut again without ordering a bowl of this. We were stuffed to the brim and left 3/4 of our mains, but we couldn’t stop picking at the bacon! In the end I had to ask one of the staff to take them away before we needed rolling out of the door.
As with the previous Fat Tony’s menu, the dishes are large and well priced. The new additions are welcomed and give a more rounded menu that is actually hard to make a choice from now. I hope Fat Tony’s are at Kosmonaut for the foreseeable future as the food works so well with the atmosphere of the place and I will be sad if that bowl of bacon disappears.
I was invited to dine as a guest of Fat Tony’s and was not asked to pay.