I can’t believe I’d never tried Shake Shack before last weekend. We’d always heard amazing reviews from others, one person even told me that it was preferred to burger joints in the States including In and Out Burger – I mean an American chain in the UK that does better burgers than in the USA?
Hungry and craving a treat as it was Saturday, we decided we’d travel into Central instead of being lazy and letting the rain keep us indoors – shocking for me, as I’m a sucker for saying in the dry. Well, Deliveroo is always a good option when it’s horrible outside.
Covent Garden was pretty busy, as expected being a tourist hot spot, but as we got to Shake Shack the guy looking after seating customers told us how it all works, letting us know that once we’d ordered it would only take approx. 10 minutes for the order to be ready! Yes, only 10mins!
For all you Shake Shack virgins like I was, here’s how to master the Shake Shack way of burgerness – You have to go inside to order and you’re given a buzzer which will flash when your order is ready. Whilst you’re waiting for your order to be ready, you go outside to the seating area and wait to be seated, which doesn’t take long at all…I think we were only waiting 2 minutes. You then wait at your table for your buzzer to flash at you like crazy before going to the collection window where you’re passed a tray holding your order – Easy Peasy! Condiments including hot sauce, mustard, mayo and ketchup as well as napkins and plastic knives are on the way into the seating area so don’t forget these.
I chose a Shackmeister Burger (beef patty, shackmeister sauce and crispy shallots) and peanut butter shake, whilst Alex went for the cheeseburger with bacon and lettuce, and a caramel milkshake.
The wait was just as we were told, not long at all, so we were soon indulging in the most incredible burgers.
Juicy and tender, moist with melted cheese and the softest buns, the burgers went so well with crispy bacon or the crispy shallots. I dipped in American mustard, a must have with burgers for me, whilst Alex totally disagrees, enjoying his stack of heaven with ketchup.
The shakes were just as good. I definitely preferred my peanut butter shake, although Alex thought it was a little bit sickly. Both were really tasty, quite thick, really creamy and just the right size. Pretty filling though so bare this in mind.
We didn’t get any fries, although the burgers were that good we might have popped back to the tills to get another to share…how naughty were we? Just to good to resist.
I think this has to be the best burger I’ve had so far, nothing else quite compares.
We’ll be going back for more that’s for sure. Don’t know what I’ll choose next but I definitely want to try one of their concretes (a frozen custard with mix-ins which you eat with a spoon), I’ve already spotted the Concrete Jungle on the menu, which has marshmallow sauce, just my type of dessert!
Have you been? What would you recommend I go for?