Restaurant Review: Shake Shack

In case you haven't noticed, in recent months the posh burger has been having a bit of a moment. Chains like Byron and GBK have been springing up across the UK for a while now, but over the summer it was cranked up a notch with two of America's biggest gourmet burger chains - Shake Shack and Five Guys - opening branches in Covent Garden. I happen to love a good burger (and am not ashamed to admit that there are occasions when I cave to McDonald's, especially after one too many glasses of wine) so when I went to see Once the other week I treated myself to a pre-show burger at Shake Shack, mainly as the queue there was shorter (but I will blog about Five Guys soon!)

So, here's how it works. You get in the queue outside the shop, where you're handed a menu and peruse your choices (I went for the single ShackBurger and fries) and then order once you get up to the counter. Once you've ordered, you're given a snazzy hand-held buzzer and go to the counter to pick up your food. I have to say that the day I went there this was really quick - I went around 12.30 on a Saturday lunchtime, when you'd expect it to be super-busy, and yet I got served within 10 minutes! I did however then have to wait a few minutes for a seat but busied myself eating my chips whilst I waited :)

Looks good, right?

And I have to say I was really, really impressed with how it tasted too. The chips in particular were amazing - really hot and salty, just how I like them (ooh-er missus) - and I'd quite happily go back there just for them. I was a bit apprehensive about the burger as I hadn't heard many good things about it, but I was actually pleasantly surprised by it. It was properly meaty if a little thin, cooked well - juicy but not underdone - and made even better by the gooey cheese, great burger sauce and the fact it used fresh veggies. I left feeling satisfied but not overly stuffed, and much more virtuous than when I go to most high street burger places.

Overall, I've got to say that if you're in Covent Garden, Shake Shack is definitely worth a visit. It's not the cheapest - my burger and fries cost me £7.50 - but as somewhere to grab a quick meal that's a step above a lot of the chains in the area you could do far worse. Plus it has easily the nicest chips I've had in a long, long time. My only regret? That I didn't get one of their legendary frozen custard ice creams - that would have rounded things off nicely.

Have you been to Shake Shack or Five Guys? What did you think? And which burger chain is your favourite? Let me know in the comments and have a great day!

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