Five Guys

Five Guys
51-61 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5TF
  • Opening times Mon–Wed & Sun 11am–10.30pm; Thu–Sat 11am–midnight
  • Average price £16 (lunch); £16 (evening meal)
in association with
Birra Moretti

We’ve had Curry Alley (Gibson Street of old), now something akin to Burger Boulevard as the burger chains arrive on top of each other – all seemingly a little late for Glasgow’s burger revolution. Five Guys is the most interesting, a US import that is bold, bright and brash. It’s all very red and white with a soundtrack of poppy pop music (pumped through a terribly lo-fi sound system) – with an open kitchen and counter approached via a switchback queue line that takes up a chunk of the square-footage (more seating downstairs). It’s not a place to linger but rather one to wolf down their very average burgers whose airy sesame bun becomes wafer-thin stodge around patties so slender any chance of succulence is long gone, all tasting of not very much at all – the only note of interest being the mustard picked from the various topping options. One saving grace is that the fries are very good, although not helped by the quotes plastered everywhere telling us how awesome it all is. While it may be a moderate step up from bog-standard fast-fooders, the only aspect remotely 'heavenly' are the prices – £12 for burger and fries could be much better spent (with change) at countless nearby bars and diners, all doing much better burgers in much nicer environments.

  • High point: Getting out
  • Low point: Going in