We’ve decided to go on a journey to see where in London we can get the best burgers. Our first stop – Five Guys!
Five Guys opened their first store in London’s Covent Garden in July 2013 – this was the first store outside North America. Since then it’s expanded to over 40 stores in the UK alone!
There was no doubt that we’d choose their flagship Covent Garden store for our Yummy Jubbly experience. Both of us have had Five Guys before, but at different locations. We didn’t have high hopes as both of our experiences hadn’t been that great before. But we went with an open mind to see what has made Five Guys so popular.
Upon entering, a friendly lady welcomes you into the store and directs you to the ordering line. No matter which Five Guys you go to, there’s always a queue. This flagship store was no different, particularly as it’s on the corner of the Long Acre crossroad facing Chinatown. And the closest tube station is Leicester Square Station.
The great thing about Five Guys is that you can tailor your burger exactly how you want it. You can choose your basic burger, then add as many toppings as you’d like to it – for free! The burger patties themselves are hand shaped, so there’s an extra texture to it’s imperfect shape. To keep things simple, there’s only fries for sides. Which is a good thing, since it doesn’t distract you from the main event – the burger!
The standard Five Guys burger is double patty, but there is a “little” option which is a single patty.
Robert chose the hamburger and added pickles, grilled onions, jalapenos, tomatoes and ketchup for his toppings. Sadly the burger was a bit dry and Robert had to keep on adding ketchup to make it more enjoyable. Although slightly overcooked for our liking, the patties were grilled very nicely and the charred taste added another dimension to the burger.
Kitty opted for the bacon and cheese burger with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, grilled onions and ketchup as her toppings. This wasn’t overcooked or dry as the hamburger Robert had. The super crispy bacon in this made it so so good! The American cheese slices bonded everything together and kept it all moist. A very good choice!
For the drinks, you can go for the soft drink option and choose from over 100 different types from the very cool vending machine. Or you can mix your own milkshake flavour! We opted for the peanut butter and salted caramel – quite creamy, but after a few slurps the flavour has pretty much gone.
This time round, we both really liked Five Guys. But we’re only giving it 3.5 yums. The burger is too tightly wrapped in the foil, so by the time you get a table and open it up, the burger bun has become all soggy and the whole burger has pretty much lost it’s shape. As much as you can customise the burger, without all those toppings, the burgers are quite average. However, we can’t fault the service or the free monkey nuts. It probably did make a difference coming to the flagship store. So we’ll definitely be coming back to this one!