Believe it or not, until yesterday I had never had a Five Guys burger. I know, I know. I hang my head in shame. It’s been a long time coming, but I finally tried it.
I headed over there on Friday lunchtime, still mildly hungover from 2 nights on the wine and sufficiently tired from a night of salsa dancing the night before. Comfort food was my objective for this lunch and I wasn’t disappointed.
I headed in just after 12 and although the tables were fairly busy, there wasn’t much of a queue. I decided to go all out and have a bacon cheese burger. With a seemingly endless choice of toppings I just went with my instincts – mayo, lettuce, pickles, barbecue sauce, onions and mushrooms. I also decided to get a side of cajun fries and a coke.
Now normally I wouldn’t get excited by a coke, but this is Five Guys, and as well as myriad burger toppings, you can also get a whole load of different flavoured cokes. After much deliberation, I went for the Cherry Vanilla, which may or may not put me into a diabetic coma this afternoon. We’ll see.
I waited around 10 minutes for my food, which wasn’t bad considering everything is prepared fresh at Five Guys. The open kitchen is quite novel too, I found myself captivated by the line cooks working like a well oiled machine behind the counters. Some of them even smiled and said hi.
Once I had my feast I grabbed a seat by the window so I could people watch.
I unpacked my silver parcel of goodness and was suitably impressed with its contents, a huge stack of burger in a lightly toasted sesame seed bun.
In my opinion, not enough burgers have sesame seed buns anymore, so I was really pleased that this one did. There’s something about that little taste of nutty sesame that really makes a burger for me.
The burger itself was juicy and flavoursome. Despite being cooked well done it was still succulent and not dry at all. The bacon was also a highlight, real bacon cooked until really crispy giving the burger a satisfying meaty crunch. The toppings were just in the right proportions, enough to give each bite a bit of everything, but not so much that they were falling out. All in all, this was a great burger. If the Big Mac had a well-to-do cousin that lived in a funky New York loft, the Five Guys burger would be it. Fancy gourmet it was not, but exceptionally good fast food it definitely was.
It was also gigantic, and in hindsight, I really didn’t need any fries with it, but that said they were good too, skin on, crispy and seasoned with a spicy cajun seasoning.
At £14 for a burger, fries & drink it was an eye wateringly expensive lunch, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
It isn’t the kind of place you’d want to make regular trips to, but as a Friday treat, it did the trick for me.