To continue our burger quest, we went to try out Shake Shack together.
Starting off as a humble little food cart in New York, Shake Shack has since spread across different countries and has been in London since 2013. Despite Shake Shack having humble beginnings, the burgers are certainly not humble!
We visited their second store in London, located inside Stratford’s Westfield shopping centre. It was a busy Saturday afternoon and most of the tables inside were taken up. But it’s not as busy as their flagship store in Covent Garden.
Shake Shack has a number of different burgers and hotdogs to choose from. Of course there’s also an extensive list of shakes you can try out too! You make your order at the till, the staff take your name and hands you a buzzer. So you can go and find a seat to get comfortable first and your buzzer will vibrate to tell you when your order is ready.
Kitty first tried out Shake Shack in New York, and was over the moon when they decided to open in London. She’s been so many times, she pretty much knows the menu off by heart! For Robert, this was his first time, so the ordering was left to Kitty.
Here’s what we ate:
SmokeShack (£7.50) – cheeseburger in a soft brioche bun with British free range Wiltshire cured smoked bacon, chopped cherry peppers and Shack sauce. This is pretty much a bacon cheeseburger with some fire. The smoky bacon is definitely the star of the burger. But what really brings it to life are the chopped cherry peppers – you might not think much of them, until you taste the heat from them in the back of your throat! With each bite you have all the different flavours coming at you – the salty, smoky bacon and the sweet, fiery peppers. Then binding everything together is the special Shack sauce, being titled after the store’s name, you know it’s going to be their secretly blended burger sauce.
Shack Stack (£8.75) – cheeseburger and the ‘Shroom burger, topped with lettuce, tomato and Shack sauce. The ‘Shroom burger is a crispy deep fried portobello mushroom filled with melted cheese – which is actually the vegetarian option on the menu. We salute whoever thought to combine these two burgers, to create this epic one! When you bite into it, you get the combination of soft and crispy textures, and the cheese from inside the portobello mushroom just oozes out! This is definitely one worth trying.
Cheese Crinkle Cut Fries (£4.00) – you can’t go for a burger and and not have fries! These fries from Shake Shack are simple yet so yummy. Being crinkle cut means there’s more frying surface so they are super crispy. Don’t forget to try out their cheese sauce either – you can ask for it on the side so you can dunk your fries in. Otherwise your fries may become soggy if you don’t eat them quick enough.
Fair Shake (£5.25) – to top of our meal, we had one of Shake Shack’s milkshakes – of course! All the shakes start off with rich and creamy ice-cream that is spun fresh daily in each store. There’s all the usual shake flavours to choose from. We opted for the Fair Shake – which is made with responsibly sourced beans. This velvety shake had a rich coffee taste running through it – like drinking a creamy cold frap!
So overall we’re giving Shake Shack 3.5 yums. Every time that Kitty visits Shake Shack, they never disappoint her and this time was no different. For Robert’s first time, he was also impressed. Of course, we can’t hide the fact that the food here is pretty expensive. But see it as a posh version of the popular fast food chain – the taste is the same at each and every store and for all the Shack Fans out there, it’s a taste that you’ll connect with and won’t forget.