American fave Five Guys opened its first UK location in London on the 4th of July, so at the weekend Jeff and I popped by for some burger goodness!
I introduced him to Five Guys when we were in the USA for Thanksgiving, so we were both OTT excited to see how these burgers compared – both in quality and portion sizes. (Back in the states my sister said: Go hungry, the regular burger has two patties! She also said we shouldn’t go if we had a peanut allergy, but neither of us do so we were cool on that.)
Once you’re done queuing outside (and expect to queue – it’s a busy place!) you’ll get inside to queue again (but only for about 5 minutes) until you get to the till to order. While you’re waiting? Peanuts to munch!
Normally I’d say this is unfair for nut allergy sufferers, but because Five Guys uses peanut oil for all their burgers and fries nut allergy sufferers should probably just not come here. Ever. No matter what. You’ve been warned. (And Five Guys does ask customers not to take peanuts out of the restaurant, which may be because they don’t want to cause allergic reactions, or because they don’t want to lose too much money on the free peanuts. I’m not sure.)
Anyway, the restaurant looks exactly like the ones in the USA, and at least for the opening they’ve got a bunch of super cheerful American staff. (Hello new homesickness cure!) And the burgers…?
They’re so good! Like a double-heaven patty on a bun. The beef is the perfect balance of juicy without falling apart, chewy without being overcooked, and seasoned without losing the great beef flavour. Oh hell yes.
Head my sister’s words on the portions though: regular burgers have two patties (hence why they cost so much) and the fries are shoveled into a cup and then another scoop into the bag. Just because. So size your order down!
Jeff and I got the bacon cheeseburgers (a regular for him, a little for me), a regular fry (we ordered a large in the USA and brought 90% of them home for my brother to eat because there were too many for us) and two regular drinks. (MAKE YOUR OWN DRINKS MACHINE! Did you know Vanilla Sprite was a thing? Yup. And it tastes like sugary deliciousness.) And boy, we were STUFFED. We couldn’t even move for about ten minutes once we finished eating.
Sadly, the burgers are too expensive for a weekday dinner for Jeff and me; because all that cost us £22.50. Looks like Five Guys is officially reserved for date nights… Good thing it’s my turn to pick the next date night venue!