Dundrum Town Centre
So the day has finally arrived. I can’t put it off any longer. I, Rory, must dive into the land of words and write a review. I think I lasted long enough just eating the burgers.
Before I get into the meaty details of this week’s field trip, I’ll let you in on a bit about myself, as you have already met the rest of the gang. I am a life-long tea-freak with a bottomless pit of a stomach. I am burger-mad and I am probably the easiest to please of the four of us. I will always find the good in a burger – that said tho, if I don’t like a burger then someone has really fucked up. I get the big burgers, and have yet to find a burger I couldn’t finish.
Anyway enough about me. On to this week’s adventure. This week we decided (after a long debate) to head to Five Guys in Dundrum. Now we have heard a lot about this place, it has been on our to-do list since the beginning and we all made it clear that all four core members had to be in attendance. We even did one better and had a guest in the form of Amanda’s friend Deane who came along too. So off we set, and had arranged to meet at the restaurant. I was a tad late as I got lost in Dundrum’s horrible underground car park. My lateness didn’t go unnoticed as I got gentle reminders that I was last there….
First impressions of the place was it was very busy and very loud. It was set out like a fast food place, one big menu, two different sections for order & collection and a self-service fizzy drinks section that offered free refills, which Amanda loved. They also had boxes of monkey nuts around the place that were free to munch on. You could see everything being prepared and they seemed to have a very good system from order to collection, including one section which seemed to be dedicated to just bacon, which I am considering adding to my kitchen at home.
Now as far as the burgers go, I was very pleased. As was nearly everyone else. I got a bacon cheeseburger as my base and then got to choose my toppings and sauce, which was great. I got the usual rabbit food on it and added grilled onions and grilled mushrooms which were perfectly done. The meat itself was nicely cooked and had no excess grease dripping off so everything stayed together. Ryan had the bacon cheeseburger with grilled onions, pickles and ketchup; Kirsty had the cheeseburger with lettuce, pickles and tomato; Amanda had the bacon cheeseburger with ketchup and mustard; Deane had a hamburger.
As sides we got fries, two Cajun style and three normal. There was mixed opinion when it came to the fries. I liked mine but they were a bit too soft, kinda like they had been cooked a bit before and just kept hot until they were needed. I think these may have tainted the experience a tad and could be improved on.
Drinks-wise we had a good mix. Two went for fizzy drinks, which had a great selection, more than any place I’ve been before. They settled on a Vanilla Coke and a Dr. Pepper. The rest of us got milkshakes. I went for a peanut butter milkshake and it was nothing less than amazing. It was 100% my favourite part of the visit. The chocolate one however was in my opinion horrible. It just tasted of syrup and nothing else. The other was a salted caramel milkshake which I was told was lovely. It was also the first drink finished so that says a lot for it. They also give you the option to add bacon to your milkshake which we all found odd and none of us were brave enough to try.
I believe Five Guys is a place everyone should visit once. It is a place where you pick what you want, so every burger is different and is tailored to an individual. 4/5 enjoyed the burgers so if it is just a burger you want then it’s a good bet. 2/5 enjoyed the fries and 4/5 enjoyed the drinks. (I’m nearly drooling here thinking about that peanut butter milkshake). One member referred to it as a glorified McDonald’s. I personally don’t agree with this as the food quality is vastly better and I rate McDonald’s around the same quality as the crusty remains of a slurry tank on a farm. For you city folk reading this…. that’s cow poo.
The one major thing that nobody liked was the price. I paid €19.40 for a burger, regular fries and a milkshake. Now that is just a little much for me, especially when you are eating out of a bag and plastic cup.
Overall I’d give:
Fries : 4/10
Service: 7/10 (there wasn’t much staff interaction but from order to collection it was very quick and well done).
Overall Score: 6/10