So it seems London has been taken by storm by two ‘fast food’ burger joints. Shake Shack (left) in Covent Garden and Five Guys (right) in Angel & in Covent Garden. It’s an American burger battle in London!
What happens when these two are pitted against each other? Which will emerge victorious? May the odds be ever in their favour (just watched Catching Fire. Loved it!)
SO! Let’s get to it.
Fries. Known here in the UK as chips, they each had quite different ones. Shake Shack has perfectly uniform, crunchy, crinkly fries, while Five Guys has a cajun-flavoured skin on kind. I liked them both! I have to admit though, couldn’t finish my Five Guys one and I got a small portion! Very generous.. Definitely didn’t leave hungry.
I didn’t try any of the drinks at Five Guys as I don’t really like fizzy drinks (unless they have a shot of rum), but I did catch a glimpse and they have all sorts of flavoured Fantas! It’s like being in America all over again! We did have a peanut butter shake at Shake Shack, and it was seriously underwhelming. Honestly, it lacked some serious taste and texture. For a place with shake in it, I was expecting something a bit better. Maybe next time I’ll go for the famous frozen custard instead.
With the burger itself I’m going to have to go with Five Guys! I loved the option to choose as many toppings as I wanted for no extra cost (hello onions & bbq!), and the bacon was deliciously crispy. At Shake Shack I had to try both burgers (for research purposes, of course). The ShackBurger was ok, but the SmokeShack was definitely better. Naturally, it had bacon. Detecting a trend here.. hmm. I did like the shack sauce as well. Always love it when a place has their own sauce.
Neither of them can compare to a proper, gourmet burger, but when looking for a burger-fix it’ll be great! My choice? Five Guys. Overall, I feel they completely nailed the quick-burger stint while having a yummier taste. I liked that it came all wrapped up in a foil, almost like unwrapping a greasy present! A perfect hangover cure for sure.
Have you ever been to either? Which one do you think wins?
*However, for the £8 it costs, I would much rather something a bit more… gourmet.