Shake Shack, Tokyo


Some people might think going to Japan for a burger is like reading penthouse for the articles but let me tell you, the Japanese are fanatical about good burgers. It’s basically impossible to find a bad meal there but the burgers are especially epic.


A word to the wise though, there’s always a line even before opening time so be prepared to wait. We arrived about 10 minutes before service during the week and waited about 45 minutes, but we were on holidays so what the fuck else we got to do right?


The vegetarian option was surprisingly good, not just the usual fried mushroom most places serve, this little number was filled with cheddar and muenster cheese.

Shroom burger – crisp fried portobello mushroom filled with melted muenster and cheddar cheeses, topped with lettuce, tomato and Shake sauce

While the vegetarian burger was good and while eating meat in all likelihood makes me morally bankrupt, the double ShackBurger was amazing. Quality meat and a soft bun plus you can add bacon for another ¥200.

Double ShackBurger with bacon

The original ShakeBurger holds it’s own too and is enough to satisfy, especially when you want get deep into some cheese fries and milkshakes. One thing you’ll notice about burgers in Japan is that the vegetables they use are always super high quality, unlike the garbage you get from fast food chains here.


The crinkle cut fries are covered in some kind of synthetic liquid gold

Cheese fries

They have bunch of different ‘concretes’ which are basically frozen custard ice-creams. I wasn’t sure about this flavour before we got it because I don’t really dig on matcha, but the macaroons were the highlight.

Concrete – Vanilla custard, yuzo-miso caramel and matcha macaroon, dusted with matcha and soybean powder

Shake Shack is definitely worth the visit but there are heaps of amazing burger chains in Japan like Freshness Burger and MOS Burger so don’t worry too much if you can’t make it out there.


2 thoughts on “Shake Shack, Tokyo

  1. Love the shroom burger from Shake Shack. And lol at the description of the cheese as synthetic liquid gold. Spot on!

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