In recent years London, and the rest of the UK, has gone burger crazy. Burger bars have popped up left right and centre, and American phenomenon Shake Shack* has even opened up two branches on our fair shores. Probably the only person in London who hadn’t yet been to experience their amazingly renown burgers I headed down to their flagship restaurant in Covent Garden to try their 100% Aberdeen Angus beef cheeseburgers for myself (as well as their mushroom burger, hot dog, fries, drinks and multiple desserts…..!)
Shake Shack Covent Garden is situated within the Market Hall pavilion which I absolutely love, as not only is the architecture incredibly picturesque, but you also get to soak up Covent Garden’s famous fun and energetic atmosphere and the people watching opportunities are endless. Shake Shack is effectively a fast food restaurant, whereby you order and pay for your food which is then freshly made to order and collected up at the counter before picking a table at the ample designated seating area or taking your food to go. We grabbed a table in the Shake Shack outside section, wanting to enjoy the surrounds whilst we ate, though there is also an inside seating area too which offers a bit more shelter from the chilly British weather.
After pouring over the menu for ages and oohing and aahing at each option we finally decided to take the advice of Gordy, the really lovely manager, and ordered the ShackBurger, Shack Stack, Shack-cago Dog, Fries with cheese sauce on the side, and a Sprite and Original Shack-made Lemonade to wash it all down. This little piggie went to Shake Shack!
The double ShackBurger was one of the nicest burgers I’ve ever had – really tender meat, packed with delicious melting cheese and proper salad – none of those wilted ratty bits of lettuce here – and topped with the signature ShackSauce.
Even better than the ShackBurger for me though was the Shack Stack, which I will be eternally thankful to Gordy for suggesting as I don’t think I would have ordered it otherwise. It was absolutely amazing! Bringing together the ShackBurger and the ‘ShroomBurger, the Shack Stack comprises of a classic cheeseburger, lettuce, tomato and a crisp fried portobello mushroom filled with melted cheese, which of course was finished off with the ShackSauce. Often when I’ve had a portobello mushroom burger I’ve been a bit disappointed with little flavour and an off putting texture. Not this time friends! The crisp bread crumb coating perfectly complemented the juicy burger patty and the flavours all worked together so so well. Oh em actual gee! Thank you burger gods! I will definitely order this again and beg you to run to Shake Shack right now to experience it for yourself. YUM! And as one patty is mushroom based, it totally makes it a healthy, right?!
Another menu choice I wouldn’t necessarily have made without Gordy’s encouragement was the Shack-cago Dog. Being more of a burger fan I would usually have glided over the Flat Top Dogs section of the menu. However my good friend Gluttony got the better of me and we devoured the hot dog too! An authentic German all-beef sausage, piled high with Rick’s Picks Shack relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery salt and mustard, it wasn’t the easiest thing to eat, but we powered through, obvs. It was super tasty and the crisp vegetables added a really nice dimension of texture with the soft bun and juicy meat.
I’d heard so much praise for Shake Shack’s crinkle cut fries, so couldn’t wait to give these a go and as expected they were really nice and not too greasy like you often find. Due to choosing three main courses (oink oink) we’d decided to share one portion – definitely the right decision, it was a generous size – and also go for regular rather than the Cheese Fries. Desperate to have a Regina George moment however we did order some cheese sauce to dip the chips into, which was really rich and a cheese lovers dream!
Now you’d think that we’d just eaten so much we’d be about to go POP and would never have enough room for a dessert. And you’d be right… Until Gordy explained what a Concrete was…! Like any good burger joint, Shake Shack offers a mean line of milkshakes. Unlike other burger restaurants, Shake Shack makes it’s shakes out of frozen custard, which has egg yolk added to make it super smooth and creamy. Each month Shake Shack offers a different range of speciality custards, and whilst we were there they were serving a Smores flavour. Ever since working at an American Summer Camp, I’ve been obsessed with anything Smores flavoured and my Shake Shack cup did not disappoint, The chocolate frozen custard was swirled with marshmallow sauce and topped with delicious sweet cracker crumbs which was such a nice end to my meal, and wasn’t too sweet or heavy.
Tony decided to go hard before going home, and chose to finish his dinner off with the Union Shack Concrete – denser chocolate flavoured custard, blended at a high speed with St JOHN Bakery chocolate hazelnut brownie, fudge sauce, chocolate chunks and sea salt. Woah nelly it was a game changer! I’m not sure any other ice cream style dessert will ever top it! I’m actually quite nervous to go anywhere near Covent Garden in future as I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to resist buying one of these! The double size portion was served in the same size container as our drinks – so is pretty big – but the relaxed dining style at Shake Shack means you can take it away with you as you roll home!
I was so impressed by Shake Shack and will definitely be returning soon. It’s a great place to grab a burger at any time, but is particularly well placed in Covent Garden where many people who pass through want to eat delicious, high quality and well made burgers without the time pressures of a regular sit down restaurant. The menu is so diverse, there really is something for everyone – and even the pickiest of pickers can create their own combinations of practically every section of the menu. Just promise me, next time you go you’ll try the Shack Stack and a Union Shack Concrete – LIFE CHANGING!
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*Thanks so much to Shake Shack for inviting us down to try out their amazing menu on the house. All thoughts are honest and my own. For more information please see my Disclaimer Page.