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American Burger Chains Come to London: Shake Shack


最初は、2004年にマンハッタンのマディソン・スクエア・パークにホットドッグの屋台として誕生したのが始まりのShake Shack。2005年には、New York magazineの「ベストハンバーガー」に選ばれた。現在、ニューヨークを中心にアメリカに20店舗、アメリカ国外にロンドン店を含む9店舗を展開する。



Two popular American burger chains, Shake Shack and Five Guys, opened their first UK venues, both in July this year and both in Covent Garden, only few minutes away with each other, coincidentally or not. We lived in US before we came to UK and miss American burgers (I can’t explain, but something is different from British counterpart), so we tried them both.

First, Shake Shack from New York, started in 2004 as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park in Manhattan. It was named “Best Burger 2005” by New York magazine. As of 2013, the chain has 20 restaurants in USA and 9 international locations including London.

London brunch is located at the heart of Covent Garden in the Market Building. There was a cue to order, but it moved quite fast. You don’t have to wait at the counter to pick up your food – you are given a small device that beep when your food is ready at pick-up counter outside. Very practical system. They have huge seating area inside the Market where you can feel al-fresco but protected by the roof, as well as smaller space on the other side, outside the building. Plenty of seats so that you don’t have to dash when you spot an empty table.

As you can imagine that the chain is from design-conscious New York, their logo and food packaging are cute, as well as the presentation of the food such as simple white grease-proof paper wrapping and silver tray. Healthy food is important for health-conscious New Yorkers, like Londoners. Their burger is made of freshly grounded 100% all-natural Angus beef cooked medium, and you can add lettuce, tomato, pickle or onion on your choice. Single size is rather small, so choose double if you are hungry. Their fries are 100% free of artificial trans fats and cooked in 100% soybean oil. Their burger with traditional soft bun is fresh and juicy, and real American. I like it.