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Shake Shack – Covent Garden, London, UK

ShackBurger - Cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce (Single £5.00)
ShackBurger – Cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce (Single £5.00)

 

Sure, dining at Michelin Starred restaurants is a treat, but sometimes you just want a good ol’ burger. Amirite? A few weeks before I went to London, I found out that Shake Shack had opened in Covent Garden. Having heard of this fabled institution from my friends travelling to New York, I was all too excited to try it out for myself. I ended up going twice in the 10 days I was in London – I think I consider that a success. Everything about this burger is perfect, so I guess I could leave it there, but let’s delve into a few more juicy details…

 

Shake Shack - Covent Garden
Shake Shack – Covent Garden

 

Shake Shack is located on the south-western end of The Piazza, easily accessible from Covent Garden Tube Station. It joins many other cool restaurants in that area, but with the long roped-off section out front anticipating the nightly (and daily!) queues, I think it’s fair to say Shake Shack is the restaurant of the moment here. While there does constantly seem to be a queue, it is fast moving. You order at the counter and then can choose from ample seating outside, the building next door or inside the piazza.

 

Sticky Toffee Concrete - Vanilla custard, chocolate toffee, paul.a.young chocolate chunks, salted caramel sauce and malt powder (Single £4.00) and the ShackBurger
Sticky Toffee Concrete – Vanilla custard, chocolate toffee, paul.a.young chocolate chunks, salted caramel sauce and malt powder (Single £4.00) and the ShackBurger

 

I needed to try out the staple burger, so went straight for the ShackBurger – Cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce (Single £5.00). For those extra-hungries out there, there is also the option to double up on most of the burgers on the menu. There’s so much I could say about this burger but let’s just leave it at – it was amazing. Every single part of it was. Please get it when you go. In my excitement while reading the menu I got confused between Custards and Shakes and didn’t even see the ‘Concretes’. I guess they’re kind of like ice creams with awesome toppings?

So I ordered a Sticky Toffee Concrete – Vanilla custard, chocolate toffee, paul.a.young chocolate chunks, salted caramel sauce and malt powder (Single £4.00) thinking it would be a shake, but I was pleasantly surprised! There are crunchy bits and chewy bits and salty bits – everything you want in a cold dessert I think! Again, for the hungries, you can get a double portion.

 

SmokeShack - Cheeseburger topped with British free range Wiltshire cure smoked bacon, chopped cherry pepper and ShackSauce (Single £6.50)
SmokeShack – Cheeseburger topped with British free range Wiltshire cure smoked bacon, chopped cherry pepper and ShackSauce (Single £6.50)

 

My friends both went for the SmokeShack – Cheeseburger topped with British free range Wiltshire cure smoked bacon, chopped cherry pepper and ShackSauce (Single £6.50). This burger is next level! The bacon and the spicy pepper add a whole extra dimension to this burger for sure. Still super amazing, but personally I prefer something a bit more traditional. Fries (£2.50) were also had – no complaints there, except for the fact I wish they came with the burger. You sort of think: “Wow! £5 for a burger! Oh and then another £2.50 for ma fries…” But hell, just be healthy and not have the fries I guess?!

On my second visit (no photos unfortunately) I also had the Black and White Shake (£4.50) which is a combination of Chocolate and Vanilla – also definitely recommend. If you don’t get a chance to go to the Shake Shack in NY, head to London instead! Already salivating to get back there…

Shake Shack
24 Market Building, The Piazza
Covent Garden
London WC2E 8RD
http://www.shakeshack.com/location/london-covent-garden/

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[thank you to natalie for the photos x]


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