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Shake Shack

Restaurants, Burgers Leicester Square
4 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Shake Shack

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A Leicester Square branch of the burger chain.

You just don’t expect Shake Shack to be as good as it is. A genuine burger superchain, with well over 100 outlets across the world, by rights the food at this Leicester Square branch should be generic at best. Or just yummy in an empty, sugary fast food way. Actually though, it’s completely excellent.

Let’s start with the biggest surprise. The best thing on this meaty multinational conglomerate’s menu is the veggie burger. Hell, Shake Shack might just do the best veggie burger in London. The crisp fried portobello ’Shroom Burger topped with soft muenster cheese and tucked into a lovely sweet bun, is a rich, umami slap in the face to all those bland chickpea patties vegetarians have had to suffer. And in its quality and simplicity lies the secret of Shake Shack’s success: this is a fast-food joint that actually cares about its ingredients. You can tell from the crispy marinated shallots sprinkled on the cheeseburger, the cumberland sausage in the ShackMeister Sausage hot dog and the freaking St John bakery biscuit blended into the creamy frozen custard ‘concrete’. This is a must-order, by the way, along with the crinkle-cut fries, which come served with an ace synthetic-but-scrumptious dipping cheese.

This branch looks good, too. Set in the tourist honey-trap that is Leicester Square, downstairs it’s a crowded counter-service affair, but there’s a sun-dappled space upstairs with old wooden beams and other original features. There’s also a neat buzzer system so you can nab a spot here while you wait for your food. All the efficiency of a fast-food chain but with none of the shit, then. What’s not to love?



Address: 1-2 Coventry St
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square.
Price: Lunch for two with soft drinks, no service: around £20.
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Users say (6)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3 / 5

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I really don't get what the fuss is all about... the burgers aren't great with the meat being a bit tasteless, the hot dogs are too salty and the food takes forever for what it is. Specially on this branch, you can grow old waiting for your food. Cheesy fries are to me the most satisfying dish, though they are still far from being out of this world. They have partnerships with hype sweet shops and brands for the dessert, which to me just confirms this place lives a lot out of marketing. There are better places to have a great burger just around the corner, really.


I mean do I really need to review Shake Shack I hear you say?!Don’t get me wrong I am a huge Shake Shack fan and absolutely love their stuff but I have to say this particular branch was so disappointing. The chips where oily, burger over cooked and to be honest I felt a little sick after I had eaten there and that’s never happened to me before, staff weren’t really that great either. This branch needs to up its game a little bit, sorry Shake Shack. Avoid this branch!



Overpriced, overhyped and poorly constructed. I've had shake shack in Dubai and New York and personally the New York one is by far the better one.


Its an american brand, its good but I wouldn't say its anything special. its a burger joint and a bit over priced! :D


I first ate at a shake shack in New York about six years ago before the gourmet burger revolution had properly kicked off, I remember being delighted by the juiciness and deliciousness of the burger, the sweet sweet delights of the concrete shake and how good the fries were. When I saw that Leicester Square had acquired one I anticipated the same reaction but sadly this did not happen, something seems to have been lost in translation as this chain has crossed over the water. The meal was ok but lacked the pizazz of its New York counterpart. That said, this is unlikely to count against it when the tourists and drunk folk are no doubt going to flock to it. 


Like the other restaurants in this chain, it is good ole American burgers and cheesy fries. While not my favourite "American" burger, it's up there in the top 5. The concrete shakes are the best but I find them so expensive I rarely treat myself. It's a nice addition to an area full of choices but not always the quick fix I am looking for!

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