Chips and dips are getting the hipster treatment
It's easy to bitch about the hipsterification of stuff. I know because I do it all the time. When some new upscale burger place pops up where they offer only medium rare moose burgers and all the drinks are served in a child's party hat it is easy to sneer. It comes naturally to me to bemoan the passing of the humble chip van, but really it's disingenuous.
Sometimes things are made fancier because the original version is in many ways quite shit. And then we seize upon the new upmarket version with reckless abandon all the while bewailing the passing of a simpler time. Burger vans are a good example. Ditto coffee. Until the 1990s it was almost impossible to get anything other than instant brew in the UK, especially if you were outside your own home (where you might have a cafetiere if you were a professional chef or had European relatives). But then some hipsters from Seattle expanded their vastly superior and more expensive coffee experience to the UK and here we all are decades later still slurping lattes, because the fancy version is much better than the shit version.
So I'm not going to turn my nose up at Hip Chips on Old Compton Street in Soho. They've taken something fairly shit (crisps) and elevated them to the point where you could genuinely offer them to someone on a date. While the proposal of sharing a bag of prawn cocktail before the theatre is more than likely to yield poor dating outcomes, a quick trip to Hip Chips' small tiled shop for a custom box of hand cooked thick cut crisps made from only British potatoes, accompanied by a selection of fresh dips (fondue, humous, guac, all made on site) and a cheeky cocktail is likely to go down pretty well. Some things just need upgrading.
Top tips for hip chip dipping success
- Go for the hot cheese fondue. It is excellently gooey and fresh. Like you get in French mountain villages, not your local cineworld.
- As well as salted chips, Hip Chips offer a cinnamon and brown sugar variety, accompanied by a selection of sweet dips (caramel, white chocolate etc). So you could do that after the Theatre.