Now you’ll have to have been living under a rock to not be aware that Five Guys now have a home in the UK. I remember first hearing about them back in 2013 when I was in Canada and my cousins mentioned the burger chain. But I didn’t think much of it until I started seeing them popping up around the UK. As usual, the North was left behind a little and we only got our own Five Guys a few months ago at Intu-Metro Centre, which has had a huge addition of loads of amazing new restaurants such as Thaikhun, and Barburrito, into a newly re-furbished food hall.
My first ever trip to Five Guys was with Laura and Rachel for a quick bite before a summer event at the Metro Centre, and luckily Laura had been before so was able to give us some words of wisdom. Her biggest piece of advice was that the fries portions were very generous and my god she was right. On my first visit, I opted for a cheeseburger with mustard, mayo, lettuce and pickles with a small portion of salted fries.
With the first bite of my burger, I finally understood the hype. It was moist, it was tasty and the ability to customise your toppings to make your perfect burger is a really attractive selling point. I’ve got to admit after my burger I was pretty full and we ended up sharing my fries between the three of us – but I would happily have eaten them all myself if I wasn’t already so full. I really enjoyed the fact they were, home-style, I believe that is what you call it, where the potato skins are left on – which results in a really lovely flavour. A quite note, Five Guys, do cook their fries in peanut oil so if you have a nut allergy you’re going to have to stay well clear of them – sorry guys.
Since my initial visit, I have since been back to the Metro Centre restaurant (and also the one in Newcastle) so as you can tell I’m a big fan. Each time I’ve gone I’ve ended up with a different order, which to me is the best thing about Five Guys. With the choice of toppings, drinks and even fries, you’re able to have a good variety of flavours from what is quite a small menu. I know a number of people have commented on the price of the food, especially given the takeaway style ordering system. But for me, this is restaurant quality food, with generous portions and loads of choice, so well worth the money, plus I enjoy the whole picking up of your order and choosing your own drink. It makes it fun!
Have you tried Five Guys yet? I’d love to know what you think!