Burger wars: Five Guys versus...Five Guys?
|Five Guys USA|
I have to admit, I'm quite partial to Five Guys, but my experience is from regular trips to the US. Over there, I get my fix from the outlet in a pretty small town about an hour outside Boston, so it doesn't quite compare to the hustle and bustle of the site on the corner of Long Acre in Covent Garden. The set up is practically the same though, with the somewhat sterile but gaudy red and white tiling, sacks of peanuts delineating the queues and the not-too-subtle critical praise staring at you from all angles.
|Five Guys USA menu|
What I like about the US burger is that it's always been juicy despite being cooked to well done on the flat grill. The meat has a nice char flavour to it, with a slight sweetness, but that might be from the combination of my toppings. The bun is grilled, but very soft and yielding. The CSI crew could probably take fingerprints from it if you happened to keel over mid bite. I tend to only order the "Little Fries" since the portion size is still massive. The Idaho potatoes are chipped with the skin on and served hot and salty meaning you have to puff and blow on each mouthful. The lot is served with a fistful of napkins because they know this is a burger that's just a little bit dirty and likes to be man-handled.
It definitely falls into the "Guilty Pleasures" camp of food.
|Five Guys London - cheeseburger and sad fries|
|Five Guys London - hamburger with sad fries|
|Five Guys London menu - can you spot the difference?|
So what should you do? Maybe try it out for the sake of curiosity, but you'd be better to trust your instincts and stick with what you know. Now that Tommi's Burger Joint has re-opened, I know where I'll be getting my burger fix.