Over a year ago, Sean and I visited Five Guys in the Oracle shopping centre in Reading, and like usual, we wrote about our trip. Sean said: “I was pleasantly surprised by how good the Five Guys burger tasted.”
Fast forward 12 months to when we were invited to visit a Five Guys restaurant by the brand’s PR agency. When they reached out to us, we decided to head back to the Oracle to find out whether the quality and experience had changed at all.
When we arrived, we both went to the counter to order our food, and our server was (yet again) highly enthusiastic and helpful, not to mention patient as I contemplated the menu options.
Order in and drinks handed over (a Brooklyn lager for Sean, and a chocolate and peanut butter milkshake for me), we grabbed a table. This time we were happy to find more seats available; we managed to avoid the busiest lunch time by heading there a little later.
I headed back to the counter area to wait for our order to be called; they use a number system which is printed on your receipt, that way there’s no issue of someone else claiming your meal as their own!
A few minutes later, and our order (97) was called out. With the brown bag of goodies in hand, I brought everything back to the table to share with my Beers and Burgers husband.
Sandwich 1 was a double patty bacon cheeseburger with mayo, lettuce, ketchup, and mushrooms. Sandwich 2 was also a double patty bacon cheeseburger with lettuce, grilled onions, ketchup, mustard and BBQ sauce. We also ordered a large portion of cajun fries to share between us.
The milkshake is probably rich and calorific enough to be called a meal in its own right. Before visiting, the flavour combination of chocolate and peanut butter was given to me as a recommendation. I can confirm that it was very delicious, but there was a little bit too much for me alongside the food!
Speaking of which, here is my burger in all its glory:
This burger was an easy eat, which means that it was flippin’ good for a fast food chain of sorts. Moist burger patties, a soft (but not squidgy) bun, incredibly moreish bacon, and the flavour combination of the other fillings made it simple for me to polish off in no time.
The fries were more of a challenge, but only because there were so many of them. Note to self: large means large at Five Guys. A medium fries would have been plenty for us both to share. The spicy flavours were beautiful though, and really sets Five Guys apart from its fast food competitors.
Sean fared a little better with his share of the fries as he didn’t have a milkshake with his lunch. He also ate his entire burger as he thinks they’re a “good fast food burger that you can customise”.
If you are visiting a Five Guys, you should keep in mind that the prices will be higher than other popular burger fast food chains, and are priced closer to places like Gourmet Burger Kitchen. Our bill came to over £30 for the two of us.*
Five Guys Reading can be found at Upper Level, The Oracle Shopping Centre, Reading RG1 2AG. This review took place on 24/07/16 and the cost of our meal was covered by Halpern PR.
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