To celebrate the end of a difficult couple of days last week James and I went to Five Guys for the first time. In case you missed the memo on this one, burgers are awesome, and approximately fifty million independant and chain burger restaurants have opened in London in the past couple of years, which is brilliant news!
I am definitely not a fan of queueing for my food (always get too hungry for that!) so a rainy Tuesday at exactly 12pm was the perfect time to visit Five Guys on the corner of Long Acre - go on a weekend and you will probably be queueing around the shop and down the street.
The deal is you pick one of four basic burgers then add as many toppings as you want - I went with a cheeseburger, plus mayo, gherkins and ketchup, and a little portion of chips, which was actually huge! Being a US import they have definitely not sized down for a UK market at all!
The burger was epic - exactly the greasy gorgeous American style I was expecting. I literally scoffed it down. The chips on the other hand were a bit so-so - I think I was expecting 'fries' but they were more like regular UK chips to be honest, very potato-y while I was after something that tasted of salt and preservatives! The drinks machine is now legendary - they have over 100 flavours of fizzy drink (I had cloudy lemonade, James was boring and had a coke). If you aren't a fizzy drink fan though, there is not much else to choose from - beer or water only.
I did love it though, and would definitely go back for the burger alone. This time with a shared portion of chips and twice as many toppings though!