American Burger Chains Come to London: Five Guys

お次は、同じくコヴェントガーデンのロングエイカーにあるFive Guys。1986年にバージニア州で創業したFive Guysは、アメリカ国内に1000店舗、さらに1500店舗が計画中とアメリカで急成長を遂げているチェーンで、Shake Shackに比べて規模は格段に大きい。多くの都市やメディアで「ベストバーガー」の呼び声も高く、あのオバマ大統領もここのハンバーガーが好物だそうだ。

NY生まれの洗練されたShake Shackに比べ、Five Guysはいかにもアメリカのハンバーガー店や国道沿いにあるダイナーと言った趣で、赤白チェックが基調のインテリアはお世辞にもお洒落とは言えない。見た目は超アメリカンなFive Guysだが、時節柄ヘルシー志向は取り入れている。店内には冷蔵庫のみで冷凍庫は置かず、冷凍食材は使っていない。品質の高い生の牛肉を使い、油もピーナッツオイルのみ使用しているという。カロリーや脂質、糖分、塩分等、商品の栄養表示も、ウェブサイトで見ることが出来る。でも、無骨なアルミホイルに包まれて出てきたハンバーガーは脂っこく、食べるうちに手が油や肉汁でベチャベチャに。Shake Shackの小さめのバーガーに比べると(ダブルと指定しないとシングルが出てくる)、こちらの普通サイズのバーガーは巨大。女性なら「little burger」で充分お腹が膨れそう。カウンターの前においてある大きな箱に入った殻入りピーナッツは無料だそうだが、ハンバーガーにピーナッツは合わないと思うのは私だけ?

Next is Five Guys on Long Acre. Founded in Virginia in 1986, Five Guys is the fastest-growing fast food chain in the United States with 1,000 locations nationwide and over 1500 units in development, and is much bigger chain than Shake Shack. Five Guys has received many awards as “best burger” in US, and even Barack Obama is known to be the fan of their burger.

In compare to more sleek Shake Shack shop, Five Guys is more rough and represents stereotypical American burger shops or roadside diners. Inside is decorated with red-and-white checkered design and can’t be called fashionable, even compared to recently rebuilt McDonald’s.

Five Guys claims that they use only fresh roll stamped prime beef, and there are no freezers but just coolers and nothing is ever frozen. Only Peanut oil is used, and you can even check nutrition information (calories, fat, sugars, salt etc.) online! However, their burger, wrapped with bare aluminium foil, was messy and greasy, and made my hand full of oil and meat juice. In compare to petit-size Shake Shack‘s burger (served single unless you order double), their ‘normal’ burger is double the size, and women would be full with just “little burger”. Their complimentary peanuts in shells can be a good service for some (you can find in a big box in front of the counter), but I don’t think peanuts and burger would create a good harmony – at least to me.

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