Five Guys is a well-known American institution up there with In-N-Out Burger, Whataburger and Shake-Shack (who incidentally have also opened a store in London recently) and their new London store is just a stones throw away from my new office. With an influx of burger joints in the capital it’s easy to see why these American chains have decided to set up shop. Five Guys have stuck to the limited selection of foods they offer in the States – you can have a burger or a hotdog with either plain or cajun spiced fries AND you can have as many toppings as you like for no extra charge.
I decided to pop in to see what all the fuss was about one day last week after work. It’s worth noting that a standard Five Guys burger comes with two patties and if you’ve a smaller appetite then you should probably go for the Little Burger instead. I settled on a Little Cheeseburger with lettuce, grilled onions and mushrooms with a side of the cajun spiced fries and a drink which came to a total of £10.75 – not exactly cheap for fast food. Nor was it exactly fast despite the incredible amount of teamwork going on (each member seems to be responsible for a specific part of your burger so one deals with the hot toppings another with the cold while someone else grills the burger, adds the cheese and yet another wraps that bad boy up while the fries guy loads up the containers and a server pulls all the right goodies into brown paper bags ready to be served *phew*)… several orders above mine were called and when it went into the nineties (I was order 83) I had to ask if my order had been missed. The server took my receipt and a fresh order was put in, I’m not entirely sure what happened but I know that order number 84 was also missing. But these things can and do happen so I shrugged it off and toddled off to find a seat where I could unwrap my goodies.
First off I want to mention the immense Coca-Cola Freestyle machines which have over 100 different Coca-Cola branded drinks loaded into them from Powerade to Minute Maid to all the regular Coca-Cola brands we all love such as Sprite and Fanta. They have a couple of these at Burger King in Leicester Square but the difference with Five Guys is that drinks are unlimited – you pay £2.50 for the cup and can fill it as many times as you like on that visit! Great for people who require a lot of liquids or on hot days like it’s been recently to keep you hydrated. I tried a couple but I’ll be honest and say that I don’t actually remember which so sorry about that, bad blogger that I am!
I’d asked for a small cajun fries and I’m not certain if it was because of the issue with my order but the container was overflowing into my brown bag of deliciousness – the cajun spice fries were really, really good but perhaps a little too spicy for me!
The burger itself was OK, I mean way better than a standard McDonalds cheeseburger but not quite the gourmet treat I was expecting for the price. The bun was just the right consistency and softness and the toppings were all great so I’m not exactly sure what was lacking but it was definately missing something. Nice for a treat but probably a little on the expensive side for a takeaway joint in my opinion!
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