Burger Monday (on a Wednesday) at Shake Shack in London

Randy Garutti, CEO of Shake Shack, Danny Meyer, founder & CEO of the Union Hospitality Group (& therefore Shack Shack) and  Daniel Young of Burger Monday and Young & Foodish

Randy Garutti, CEO of Shake Shack, Danny Meyer, founder & CEO of the Union Hospitality Group (& therefore Shake Shack) and Daniel Young of Burger Monday and Young & Foodish

I got a sneak peak of the new Shake Shack in London yesterday evening, via Daniel Young of Young and Foodish and his terrific Burger Monday. I am not a burger obsessive by any means, but I appreciate good food (natch) and when a friend brought me to the Shake Shack in Madison Square Gardens, NYC, I didn’t have very high expectations. A burger is a burger, right? Right. Well, not really.

Weekend in Williamsburg NYC

My Shake Shack burger in NYC Madison Square Gardens last year

I loved it. For the simplicity, the size of the burger, the flavour, moisture, sticky cheese slipping over the edge and the the lovely potato bun. It was a good solid burger, and I went back the next day. It became a favourite. Now, they have come to London,  the burgers are made from 100% Scottish Aberdeen Angus beef, the SmokeShack (my favourite) features British free-range Wiltshire cure smoked bacon and the concretes (frozen custard blended at high speed, a rich elegant ice cream) include Paul A Young chocolate and St John Bakery products.

I focussed on the burgers last night, there is only so much that even I can eat. My favourites were the SmokeShack with bacon, chopped cherry pepper and ShackSauce and the Shack Stack which was a combination of the ‘Shroom Burger and Cheeseburger in one. The ‘Shroom burger is a rare thing, a vegetarian burger with deep flavour and texture, but I will continue to have mine with a cheeseburger ;) Get some cheese fries on the side too, crinkle cut chips topped with a creamy cheddar cheese sauce.

We already have some great burgers in London, but this is a good addition to the scene. It opens tomorrow, the 5th of July, so check it out, and expect some long queues.

Some pics for now, and I will be back to try the rest of the menu.

Shake Shack, 24 Market Building, The Piazza, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8RD


‘Shroom Burger


Cheesy Fries


SmokeShack Burger


One of the very cheerful staff members with lots of Shack Stack Burgers


Red Velvet Concrete

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  2. The smokeshack is my favourite too. Went to Shake Shack in New York in April, it was fantastic. Good to see places moving away from the leaning tower of Pisa style of burgers


  3. Another look up for us in November, we have a week, I hope we get to them all.
    Also liking its simplicity, that said Bread Street Kitchen served me a superb burger last time I was in London, so Gordon might win the day.
    Nice pics. another great post


  4. Love the Shake Shack! Just a small correction, though. There are now ten Shake Shack locations in New York, the original being at Madison Square Park (not Madison Square Gardens as you posted). Enjoyed discovering your blog (via David Lebovitz on Facebook). Bon Appetit!


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