Despite opening in 2013, I am yet to try out Five Guys for reasons I just do not know. But if this burger proves to live up to expectations (I hear Barack Obama is a fan), then I will have to make up for lost time. Five guys is stylised as an upmarket fast food restaurant, where you can customise your burger to your liking, adding sides, fries and drinks as you so wish. According to their website, there are over 250,000 ways to order a burger, but somehow I’m not sure I believe this.
Little Bacon Cheeseburger - If you read my last post on Dirty Bones, I began this paragraph stating word of mouth played a big part in my need to try it out. This time around, it’s no different. Many of my friends from the Reading area have hyped up Five Guys, so let’s test it out. I will say why I opted for the LBC later, but this burger was beautiful. I kept it fairly simple, as I wanted to see how the LBC is without being disguised with other toppings. It was flavoursome and the right level of juiciness, and the cheese and bacon worked well (although more bacon wouldn’t have gone amiss). The bun was a typical seeded bun, borderline greasy but it worked well. There is nothing worse than a dry burger/ bun combo. Next time I will be going full size and trying out more toppings.
And this is why I went for a LBC. I opted for small fries, as many had informed me you get an enormous portion, and they weren’t lying. There were chips in the pot, chips in the bag, chips under my burger, it was chip madness, but my word they were tasty chips. The right balance between fat and skinny, and the perfect level of saltiness. Other than chips, the only extra you can get for your burger is a bottomless drink (if you don’t fill up at least once, you’re a fool). Having found out they had Powerade, I was hooked. This was going to be a satisfying meal.
You can’t fault the politeness of the staff. From placing your order at the counter, to hearing the bellowing voice of your order number (thinking ‘Yes my food, freshly cooked is ready’), the Five Guys staff seem a happy bunch. I don’t really want to mark them down but with little contact time, it’s incomparable to table service. I even had to refill my drink myself, what is this madness?!
Located in the corner of the Oracle shopping centre, it’s open plan, and you’re welcomed to a view of people shopping (whilst they in turn watch you eat). The style is 60’s American diner, scattered with red and white tiles, with a constant red and white theme throughout. It felt like I was eating in an indoor courtyard as opposed to a restaurant, but I suppose the point of Five Guys was classy takeaway so it’s got a chilled out vibe. It’d work well as a quick pit stop whilst out shopping.
Sadly this is the one thing that really lets Five Guys down in my opinion. You can pay under £5 for a takeaway burger meal in a paper bag and feel content, but here you’re going to be paying closer to £15 for what is regarded a takeaway. Don’t get me wrong, it’s one of the nicest burgers I’ve ever had, but I’m not sure the price is justified. That won’t stop me from getting another Five Guys, but I might save it for pay day when I’m feeling too smug for McDonalds.
ALL THE BURGER YOU COULD NEED.