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 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.
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.
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…
24 Market Building, The Piazza
London WC2E 8RD
[thank you to natalie for the photos x]