As we’ve made it our mission to try as many new restaurants as possible in London we thought it was about time we paid Shake Shack a visit…
[*Dramatic music and movie voiceover*] It was Thursday lunchtime, the sun was shining and our bellies were empty. As we were shown to our table outside we began to take in what was quite a unique atmosphere… the hussle and bussle of the market, punters enjoy their food and a queue slowing building with anticipation in the eyes of all that stood there – all signs pointed to good times ahead!
The good news for us is we had brand ambassador Eric in towe so he took care of the ordering and we ended up with a feast. First we had the Shake Shack Burger which was absolutely divine – the meat (100% all-natural Angus beef) melted in your mouth, Juicy but grease-free, topped with locally sourced lettuce, tomato and cheese and delivered in a very special bun that is made from potatoes! Next up was the Flat-top dogs, we had the Shack-cago Dog and Dogmeister which both delivered on the taste scale in a big way. The Shack-cago has the special Rick’s Picks Shack relish with [deep breath] onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery salt and mustard! An amazing combo that has to be tried to be believed. Then the Dogmeister – this epic dog is topped with Shack cheddar and American cheese sauce and crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots, bam #winning. With each of these we also enjoyed crinkle cut fries covered with a special blend of cheddar and American cheese sauce. Warning: They’re highly addictive (especially with mustard). The final addition to this fine main course was Shake Shack’s very own draught beer, ShackMeister Ale, made just for exclusively by Brooklyn Brewery. It has a deep golden color, bright citrus aroma, slight bitterness and bready malt flavour. The result? The perfect food/drink combo.
Did we stop there? Nope. Dessert time… how many, well… we went for 4 different concretes! What you’ve not heard of the concretes?!? YOU ARE MISSING OUT. Dense frozen custard ice cream blended at high speed with mix-ins. You can make your own, or choose from a selection of signature concretes (the crazy-great combinations are specific to each Shack). We then found out they actually a Custard Calendar which highlights special guest flavours each day! We tried Strawberry Cheesecake, Salted Pretzel Caramel (our favourite – it was an insane flavour combo!), Peanut Butter and Marshmallow sauce & Hazelnut brown butter streusel but the list goes on – check out all the combinations here and the custard calendar here. And on top of all this (yes we kept going) we enjoyed one of Shake Shack’s famous floats… One large scoop of chocolate ice cream with Meantime Chocolate Porter poured on top. We’d liken it to what a chocolate Guinness drink would be!
In summary it’s fair to say that top quality fast food-style hamburgers have finally arrived in London. Shake Shack have taken what is great about American burgers and delivered it in an affordable and yet top quality way. From the staff, to the restaurant, to the food itself everything ticks the 5 out of 5 box.
They have 21 restaurants in the US, a couple in the Middle East, one in Turkey and now (thank goodness) this one, in Covent Garden and put simply it’s awesome so go forth and check out Shake Shack in Covent Garden, 24 Market Building, The Piazza, London.