Dubbed the “Willy Wonkas of burger craft” this famous American burger chain is no novice when it comes to dishing up handcrafted burgers and fries. Five Guys, Metro Centre, Gateshead, may be newly open, but this eatery has a reputation that spans more than 30 years.
You don’t need a golden ticket to enter this restaurant, but you do need to get there early. Luckily, we missed the rush but by the time we left crowds were gathered around the entrance, all rushing to get their hands on its notorious grub.
Ordering couldn’t be simpler, as food-wise Five Guys only offer a hand full of options. You could say it’s more about quality not quantity, as they serve a selection of burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs, as well as a variety of fries and toppings.
We both went for the bacon cheeseburger (£8.75), however I went “all the way” while my other half only wanted his burger topped with lettuce. “All the way” in Five Guys lingo means you want all the standard toppings, which include: mayo, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup and mustard.
There are also other toppings available upon request. If you love your burgers big and beautiful, you may as well go all out as the toppings are free. For sides, we ordered a regular fries between us (£4) and two refillable drinks (£2.50).
Although there was more than 20 orders before ours, we only waited around 15 minutes for our number to be called out. Those 15 minutes felt like nothing, especially when you have more than 100 flavours of pop to choose from. In the end I decided on grape Fanta.
It took me a few attempts to try and take my first bite, as the patties and toppings were bulging out of the bun, and in the end I just dived straight in. The pattie itself was cooked perfection – it was so tender and juicy.
You could tell it was freshly prepared as the lettuce and pickles were crisp and gave a crunch when I bit into them, and the bun was incredibly soft. With every bite I got a flurry of flavours and textures.
I found the chips to be as equally impressive as the burger. Cooked in peanut oil these real skin fries aren’t greasy or salty, just light and fluffy.
There’s nothing I love more than dipping chips in sauce, but I found that these chips are so full of flavour they need no condiments to complement them. Our regular portion was more than enough to share between us, in fact we struggled to finish them all.
Normally after eating fast food I always think if it was worth the calories and Five Guys is one of those establishments where the food tastes so good you have no regrets, and I didn’t. I simply filled up my drink for the third time and took to the shops feeling incredibly content.
Have you been to Five Guys yet? What did you think of it? What pop did you decide to get from the machine?
Sarah Jayne x