You know Shake Shack is coming…but do you know what you’re in for?
A decade and a half ago, Shake Shack started as a humble roadside burger stand and—without getting into too much of its history—let’s just say the years have been kind. And for anyone that’s missed the world-famous burgers from their travels abroad (or, you know, haven’t been fortunate enough to try it yet), we know you’ve heard the good news: Shake Shack is opening in BGC on May 10th.
But before we all start thanking the heavens, the question to ask is: Is it really worth all the hype?
So, our attention’s on that Shack-cago Dog, ShackBurger, ‘Shroom Burger and those damn Fries. But also, a disclaimer: This was my first Shake Shack experience and I really can’t compare it with New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai or Seoul.
With relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery salt, mustard | P250
Not much of a hotdog person here, but this was delicious. The balance of flavors you’re forced to welcome as you bite into the Shack-cago Dog isn’t overwhelming; it’s just right. The tang of the relish, pickle and mustard with the freshness of the tomato and that crispy-skinned dog is something I’d come back to for a movie snack (or just a snack in general).
With lettuce, tomato, ShackSauce | P250, P410
The classic cheeseburger is hard to distinguish between restaurants sometimes, but what sets the ShackBurger apart is really the bun that sandwiches all the inside goodies. The beef burger is almost melt-in-your-mouth and definitely flavorful, yes, but the attention to the bun—soft and not too dense—perfectly complements it.
Have you ever had to remove the bottom bun because the bread was diluting the flavors of the burger? Yeah, not happening with this one.
Portobello mushroom filled with muenster and cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, ShackSauce | P445
Out of everything that we tried that wonderful afternoon, this was my favorite—and it’s meat-free! The cheese literally oozes out when you bite into the burger and the Portobello mushrooms are fried to a literal crisp. Eating is an overall experience and it's safe to say that the ‘Shroom Burger delivers on sight, taste and feel.
Potato | P130
Fries are fries, right? Something to wash down a burger with or just reach out to when your mouth wants a little something to play with? All true, but the Crinkle-Cut Fries from Shake Shack are a can’t-miss. And while you’re ordering extras of it, make sure to go for some cheese too.
The international menu of Shake Shack is well within our fingertips—but so are some local offerings that are exclusive to the Philippine market. There’s the Ube Shake, which is as good and refreshing and filling as it sounds, and the Calamansi Limeade. There’s also a helping of Concretes (frozen custard blended with mix-ins), of which the brand partnered with Bucky’s and Wildflour.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Shake Shack opens in High Street Central, BGC on May 10th. That’s a Friday, people, and the lines are going to be long but don’t let this scare you. Get hungry and get your bellies ready. And while you’re at it, would you mind saving us a seat?
Art Alexandra Lara