They’ve got burgers, hotdogs, fries and milkshakes – the perfect spot for a quick burger fix in the heart of Dhoby Ghaut.
There has been a lot of buzz about the famed American burger chain Five Guys setting up its first Singapore outpost in Plaza Singapura and we had our first look and bite at its much-anticipated beef burgers.
For the uninitiated, Five Guys was founded by the Murrel family in 1986 in Arlington, Virginia as a takeout burger joint. The rest is history as the brand now boasts over 1600 locations worldwide.
We got the first look and bite…
Being the lucky firsts to get the Five Guys experience, let’s just say we were nursing our food coma at the time of typing this review. Like all other outposts in the world, it’s decked out in monochrome interiors of blue and red – total Pop’s Diner of Riverdale vibes.
The moment you step in, you feel a rush of energy from the open-concept kitchen to the friendly staff and the rock music buzzing in the background.
The art of burger making
Now on to the serious stuff. We were given a little lesson on how these beefy burgers were made and boy did we learn a lot.
Customisation is the central theme on the menu and you get to choose from 15 toppings which are all free of charge. Can’t decide? Go for the “all the way” option of mayo, grilled mushrooms and onions, tomatoes, pickles and the list goes on.
The sauces go on the toasted buns first, followed by the toppings – they are stacked strategically, so you can relish in all the flavours in one bite. We suggest going for the applewood-smoked bacon and pickles which compliments the beef. Oh, and the A.1. steak sauce too!
Five Guys only uses grain-fed beef which is cooked well done with no seasoning. And no, the beef patty isn’t dry. In fact, it was juicy and dare we say, glistening when it got off the flat top griddle. We attribute it to the 80/20 blend, just the right amount of fat to make it moist. Not a huge fan of the word “moist” but we had to make an exception for this one.
We got the bacon cheeseburger ($17): Two patties with melted cheese in the middle. If you eat like a bird, they have mini versions as well as hotdogs.
For fries, you can go for the Five Guys style or cajun style ($7-$11). We went for the former. They were decent but there’s nothing to rave about. However, after hearing the arduous steps to make the perfect fry, we’ll give it to them.
Milkshakes that might actually bring the boys to the yard
Who can resist a milkshake? Not us. The Five Guys shake ($10) is what sweet dreams are made of and you can even customise this one as well with toppings like peanut butter, chocolate, salted caramel and even bacon.
All in all, Five Guys is the perfect fast-food spot if you’re looking for something a little extra. They will officially open to the public on 16 December.
Five Guys, Plaza Singapura, #01-32, Orchard Road, Singapore 238839