Well another week another burger joint for me to review…I swear Belfast this is getting out of hand, stop bringing delicious new restaurants to my doorstep! (I love it really!)
This week saw the launch of Five Guys in Belfast’s upmarket shopping complex, Victoria Square. Five guys is a popular American grown burger chain that is famous the world over. The restaurant originated in Virginia in 1986 by (literally) five guys, a father and his four sons. When another son came along their father took a backseat and now all five sons are the current ‘five guys’. The first five guys opened in Arlington’s Westmont shopping centre and almost 27 years later their first non-US store opened in the UK (Covent garden, London) in 2013.
Five guys Belfast opened on Monday 7th December 2015 to massive crowds and tons of hype. Anticipation had been growing for some time once rumours began that five guys was on its way. Having been to America a number of times throughout my life, oddly I had never tried a five guys! So when I heard it was coming to Belfast I knew I had to see what all the fuss was about! Early reports, Monday evening on social media gave mixed reviews however. The main thing people seemed to be commenting on was the price, and to an extent (if you haven’t been yet) I suppose this might be justified. £8 for a cheeseburger from a glorified fast food joint seems steep, you aren’t guaranteed at seat, you have to queue up to order and your burger comes wrapped in tin foil. But now that I have been I can see it’s so much more than this. I queued on Friday night (11/12/15) at around 5.30pm, it didn’t take long to get served and staff on the door were friendly and welcoming. It was explained to me how the menu worked and how best to order. When I got to counter I decided I was hungry enough for a cheeseburger and large fries. The lady behind the counter quickly queried if I was ordering just for myself which I said I was to which she replied that a large fries would serve 4-5 people and the regular 2-3. I’m so glad she warned me! Haha. I ended up going for a cheeseburger with little fries and boy am I glad I did, I couldn’t even finish my ‘little’ fries, much to my boyfriend’s delight. He managed a regular fries, cheeseburger and my leftovers (he’s a growing boy!).
My burger was delicious. I opted for a cheeseburger with lettuce, ketchup, mustard and raw onion and it did not disappoint! One thing I noticed was the sheer number of staff behind the counter, im not sure if this is due to it being a new store or if this is a regular thing but there was at least 15! The food didn’t take long to be prepared and everything is made fresh in front of the customer which I liked. I also went for a regular drink (free refills-quids in!)
My order came to £13.75, certainly more than the equivalent in McDonald’s or Burger King but that’s just the thing, there isn’t really an equivalent. You get a lot for your money and you probably won’t want to eat for the rest of the day or night! It’s a unique experience and something new for Belfast which I welcome.
What’s my verdict on five guys? Without a doubt the best burger I have ever had, it doesn’t get much better than that now does it?!
Thanks for reading,