After months of waiting, Five Guys is finally here in Singapore! Located on the ground floor of Plaza Singapura, the flagship outlet has both indoor and outdoor seating. It’ll be open to the public on 16 December 2019, so get ready to jump on board the hype train and join the queue.
This American burger joint is famous for its hand-crafted burgers with 15 customisable toppings and hand-cut fries, and its iconic free peanuts. As a self-professed burger lover, I’ve previously tried Five Guys on a trip to London and fell in love with it. (Shake Shack, who?)
Having said that, of course, I have to get a taste of Five Guys in Singapore. For one, does the Singapore outlet follow Five Guys tradition of only using coolers and not freezers to store the patties? (The answer, I found, was yes.)
Let’s find out.
Forget about starting slow, we dove right into the popular Bacon Cheeseburger All The Way (S$17). ‘All the way’ means you get a burger with eight condiments—mayo, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, ketchup, mustard, grilled onions, and grilled mushrooms. There are 15 condiments in total, so feel free to mix and match to your heart’s desire.
This show-stopping burger comes with two patties that are between 3.5 to 3.7 ounces each (approximately 100g). The well-done patties were surprisingly juicy and full of meaty goodness despite being unseasoned.
Bacon pieces are also scattered throughout this burger, and this applewood smoked bacon really added an oomph to each mouthful.
You can also get the less sinfully indulgent Hamburger (S$13), Cheeseburger (S$15) or Bacon Burger (S$15). If you’re not that hungry, the Little Hamburger (S$11), Little Cheeseburger (S$13), Little Bacon Burger (S$13) and Little Bacon Cheeseburger (S$15) all come with only one patty (and are considerably less painful on the wallet).
What’s a burger joint without fries? At Five Guys, they don’t serve set meals—all the menu items can only be ordered a la carte—but I’d definitely recommend getting a side of fries to go along with your meal.
Choose between fries cooked in Five Guys Style or Cajun Style, in the sizes Little (S$7), Regular (S$9) or Large (S$11). A little pricey for fries, but wait until you hear the process behind it.
Five Guys uses potatoes from the Netherlands, and the staff are so well-trained that they can hand-cut a 25kg bag of potatoes in 5 minutes! They do two sessions of ‘fry calibration’ every day, tasting and testing the fries to make sure that each batch is fried to golden-brown, crispy perfection.
And yes, each fry was lip-smackingly good. Soft as mashed potato on the inside, firm and crispy on the outside—Five Guys is so strict with the fry standards that these freshly-fried fries can only be kept for five minutes before they have to re-make a new batch.
The Five Guys Style fries were pure, uncomplicated, fried potato bliss. Those done Cajun Style, on the other hand, were fried in peanut oil and sprinkled with a little spice. Frankly, I prefer the Five Guys Style ones—feel free to dip them in ketchup if potato on its own gets too bland.
Burger fans will know that burgers and milkshakes are an unbeatable combination. Surprisingly, milkshakes are a fairly new addition at Five Guys, making it onto the menu just over a year ago.
You get the simple option of a Five Guys Shake (S$10) with or without whipped cream. But the complicated part comes when you decide which mix-ins to get. Choose from 11 different mix-ins, ranging from classics like Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry, to the new kids on the block like Coffee and Salted Caramel, to the downright bizarre Bacon.
Feeling adventurous, I asked Jason Zimecki, the Vice President for Five Guys Global Brand Standards, what his go-to order is. He conspiratorially revealed a mind-boggling combination: Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel and Bacon. Apparently, it tastes like a Snickers bar.
And yes, this bizarre combination certainly delivered on his promise.
My other order was Banana, Salted Caramel and Bacon, which was a slight let-down as I felt that the banana flavour overpowered everything else, while the bacon bits imparted an out-of-place saltiness at the end.
If you’re not a burger fan (blasphemy!), Five Guys offers hot dogs and sandwiches as well.
The Bacon Cheese Dog (S$14) is one of their best-sellers, and I got it ‘all the way’ too. It is what it is: a hot dog smothered with condiments of all sorts. Some may find it a little too complicated; I concur. I like my hot dogs simple, with mustard, ketchup and pickles.
Of course, you can customise your Five Guys hot dog to have fewer condiments, but for S$14, the kiasu Singaporean in me says I’m not getting my money’s worth.
For a quick grab-and-go, the Grilled Cheese (S$8) is a good option. Mine came with mayo, tomatoes and grilled mushrooms for a wholesome bite. No cheese pull here for you Instagrammers, but it still packed plenty of flavour.
Something interesting is that Five Guys actually inverts the burger buns, sesame-sprinkled side down, to create the “bread” for the sandwich.
One more thing to note: there’s free-flow peanuts from the buckets near the counter and entrance. Just grab a paper container, and scoop all the peanuts you want and munch away.
After going through a fair portion of the menu at Five Guys Singapore, here’s my verdict.
Worth the hype? It’s a yes from me. But if you’re watching your weight, you might want to take note of the fact that these burgers pack around 800 calories. (Don’t even think about the milkshakes!)
One of the little details I loved was the classic rock music. It’s so American diner, and the greasy grub adds to that vibe. Now, who’s up for more burgers?
Expected Damage: S$8 – S$30 per pax
Our Rating: 5 / 5
68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, #01-32, Singapore 238839
68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, #01-32, Singapore 238839