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Five Guys opened today in Shanghai! Here's what you need to know

Cue hyped-up burgers with all the toppings, some famous fries and the queues to match

Photograph: courtesy Five Guys
And so Shanghai's collection of Western fast-food chains keeps growing. In 2019 it was Shake Shack, last year it was fried-chicken joint Popeyes. Before that, Taco Bell, White Castle, The Habit Burger Grill and so on. Today (Monday 26), the city adds another to the mix with China’s first outpost of Five Guys, the no-frills US diner slinging Americana-style burgers with all the toppings, fries and milkshakes.

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Photograph: Rupert Hohwieler

What to expect? Shanghai’s offering more or less mirrors what you’ll find overseas, from the red leather seats to the signature burgers with patties handmade onsite. They tip towards the premium side of the fast food scale and there’s four options – the hamburger (60RMB), cheeseburger (70RMB), bacon (75RMB) and bacon cheese (85RMB). You can also get them in ‘little sizes’ which means one patty instead of the regular two. The real show starts though with the customisable toppings, where you can run wild among combos involving grilled mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeños and too many sauces to list.

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Photograph: Rupert Hohwieler

Burgers aside, there are a bunch of beef hotdogs (35-60RMB) and sandwiches like the BLT (55RMB) stacked with seriously crispy bacon and a vegetarian sarnie (35RMB) that comes with grilled onions, mushrooms, green peppers, lettuce and tomato. Five Guys is known for its fries and no order is complete without them – hand-cut, blanched and then fried in peanut oil, they're fresh, crispy and made even better with cajun seasoning. Go for a small as you’ll get an excess floating at the bottom of the bag that can easily be passed off as another portion. Wash them down with free soft drink refills (25RMB) or beer (Budweiser, Corona or Tsingtao, 25-30RMB).

The only thing missing from a true Five Guys experience (so far) are the milkshakes. These are still a couple of months away but, when they do finally arrive, bank on the classic flavours like Oreo, malted milk and banana (all 45RMB) with the option to chuck in bacon – because after braving the hype and what comes with it, why not treat yourself to some extra grease?

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Photograph: courtesy Five Guys

Just as the food remains faithful to Five Guys tradition, it looks like the queues will too. Lines this morning snaked out the door and will likely be the MO for opening period, but with plans for another location sometime this year and more in the future those should simmer after the opening buzz quiets down.

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Five Guys

Shanghai's sole location of one of America's most popular burger chains

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939 Huaihai Zhong Lu

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