Five Guys

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.

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Once I had my feast I grabbed a seat by the window so I could people watch.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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