Sunday, 1 September 2013

The Sunday Post #4: Burger Wars!

My husband and I are quite the burger fiends. When we went to London in the beginning of August, we had already planned where to eat weeks in advanced! We wanted to know what all the buzz around these recently opened American joints was all about. This was not a skinny weekend, I'll tell you that much!

We first hit up Shake Shack. This is a New York City native burger place, most famous for their crinkle fries doused in cheese sauce. It opened in London's Covent Garden in July 2013 and a month later it was still going strong! We went on a Saturday and the line was massive! Luckily they have pretty fast service, so we only had to wait 10-15 minutes.

They give you this "shaker" after you order, so you can sit down and wait. When your order is ready, it lights up and starts shaking, I thought that was a nice touch! Again, not a lot of waiting at all, which was good!

Here it is! We both had the Smoke Shack (cheeseburger topped with bacon, chopped cherry peppers and Shake Sauce). As you can see, this is not the biggest burger in the world. It was actually refreshing to see an "appropriate" sized burger for once! The size wasn't the problem here, the taste was. The meat was bland as can be and the peppers didn't really pack any punch at all. It was an ok burger, nothing to get excited about, if I'm honest! However... The fries! Oh my God, the fries! They are THE crunchiest fries on the planet and the cheese sauce is heavenly! As good as they are, they unfortunately didn't make up for the burger. For desert I had one of their Concretes, the Unioin Shack, chocolateliest thing ever! Very good as well. 

We left slightly disappointed with Shake Shack. We were expecting a higher quality burger, which we didn't get. Also, they are getting rid of the crinkle fries (whyyyy??) in favour of fresh cut fries. We'll se how that goes!

Five Guys is allegedly President Obama's favourite burger joint! Their freshly cut french fries are fried in pure peanut oil, one of their trade marks! They also opened in London in July 2013, just 300m away from Shake Shack, in Covent Garden. And just like Shake Shack, there was still a line! I think we accidentally skipped the line by going in through the other entrance (oops, sorry everyone!). haha

They offer many options of topping for your burger, which I thought was great as I love being able to customize mine. Their "regular" is actually a double burger, so don't be put off when you see "mini" on their menu, that is just a regular one! Firstly, their fries were unbelievable! No cheese sauce here, just plain french fries with some salt. They kept the skin on the potatoes, which I think makes all the difference! Their portion size also wins over Shake Shack's. Do you see the brown bag at the back? The bottom of that bag was fiull of french fries! Amazing, glorious french fries! I had a cheeseburger topped with bacon and caramelized onions and each bite was better than the last. This is the best burger I've ever had, I've never tried anything as delicious and packed with flavour as this burger! 

They also have this space age technology drinks machine, which let's you mix your drinks to get any flavour you want! Vanilla Sprite? Got it! Cherry Fanta? No problem! You can spot my husband getting our drinks in the picture, the long haired guy! hehe

I guess the winner is pretty obvious. If you only have time to visit one of these, go to Five Guys and thank me later!


  1. I LOVE Shake Shack!! The cheesey fries are unreal!

  2. Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog, really appreciate it! :)

    Great post sweetie! :)


  3. I've been to Shake Shack and love their mushroom burgers and cheese fries! My friend had the same as you and she wasn't much a fan of it either x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

  4. Crinkle cut chips?! Why does no-one make these anymore? I need some now, they had optimum grease absorbing abilities! And WHY would they get rid of them?! I was so excited! :(

    Em x

  5. UHHH THESE LOOK SO GOOD. I didn't even think places that sold over the top burgers existed in England which is pretty stupid, I mean why wouldn't they!?

  6. I love both burger places so much! I'm lucky I live in DC where they have Shake Shack too! Great post!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  7. Thanks Fe! I'm going definitely to Five Guys! Hope see you soon! ;)

  8. oh my, those fries look super tasty! and their shape is so funny, they look like cartoon food.. adorable!
    i'm a vegetarian so i can't say much about burgers, i'm far from being a meat expert, but it sounds like you had a lovely time and that's great :)

    from isabela at | bloglovin

  9. Ha! I loved your description of the 'shaker'. We have those at nearly every restaurant here in the States. Yes--Shake Shack and Five Guys are pretty big here. All I know is that you're making my mouth water....

    xo Lillian from

  10. Really nice Pics!!!


  11. I'm in complete agreement and I will be posting a very similar post soon! I was so disappointed with Shake Shack especially as I'd had to queue for nearly half hour to get in!! Five Guys was great although Patty & Bun still reigns supreme for me!


  12. the mixing drinks thing sounds awesome!

    from helen at thelovecatsinc

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  13. Such lovely photos and sounds like a fantastic time. Thanks for your visit, following you too. Happy September Doll!

  14. Had no idea these were in the UK!!! Need a trip to London immediately.


  15. I have to admit I actually love Shake Shack! I was hooked when I went there in New York so was super excited when they opened a restaurant in Covent Garden. I don't eat beef so can't comment on the burgers but I love their chips! Am yet to try Five Guys in London but it's next on my list.

    Ex | Rare Ribbon

  16. a lot of my friend's love five guys! i have never ate there, but i bet it was great!

    lindsey louise



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