"My boyfriend says you can't eat it if you completely unwrap the foil," said my companion. Her boyfriend was right. I released my huge burger from it's wrapping and it was so full of incredible toppings the whole event immediately became messy and sauce covered. I cared not. The most melt-in-your-mouth flavoursome burger mince cooked to sheer perfection; not crispy, not bleeding - just right.
And then comes the toppings, which if you choose "All the Way", includes the freshest, crunchiest lettuce and tomato slice, some lightly fried onions which have a gorgeous sweetness, earthy mushrooms and of course, the big burger three; tomato sauce, mustard and gherkins. You can add other things such as jalepenos or other sauces, which are all free - but when the meat tastes that good it's arguable that anything extra than "All the Way" is unnecessary. To be honest, even the patty, plain, would be totally satisfactory because it is just of such excellent quality for a take away burger.
And then, of course, encased in a deliciously soft, bouncy bun.
The whole burger is so perfect it looks like a caricature of itself.
The fries, too, are perfectly soft in the middle with a delightful but subtle crunch on the outside.
To top it all off, you can buy a beer. I mean, a beer, with a burger - seems SO obvious and yet none of the other major burger chains do it. Certainly not in England, anyway.
I mean, it sounds like I'm gushing about this place, and there is a good reason for that; I am.
I've searched long and hard for an appropriate word to describe this meal and the most honest and true word I can think of is; real. The food is real. Yes it's fried, yes it's "fast", but I have never experienced a take away burger to this size, taste and quality before. Unbelievable. Bravo, Five Guys.
Forewarning; currently there are only THREE Five Guys currently in the UK; Reading, Convent Garden and Islington. Order online if you live local and then go pick up.