Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Five Guys Is the Place to Blow the New Year Diet ; DIETING FOR NEW YEAR? LOOK AWAY NOW AS DIANNE BOURNE HAS HER LAST BLOW OUT OF 2014 TUCKING INTO A FIVE GUYS BURGER AT THE TRAFFORD CENTRE

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Five Guys Is the Place to Blow the New Year Diet ; DIETING FOR NEW YEAR? LOOK AWAY NOW AS DIANNE BOURNE HAS HER LAST BLOW OUT OF 2014 TUCKING INTO A FIVE GUYS BURGER AT THE TRAFFORD CENTRE

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WHEN it was first announced that American burger giant Five Guys was opening in Manchester, I had lots of devotees "OMG-ing" at me, telling me how it serves up "the best burger EVER" and lots of other OTT superlatives.

With shopping trips calling me to the Trafford Centre over the festive period, it seemed the perfect time to cast a critical eye over the diner at the front of The Orient food court and see if it elicited an OMG of my own.

As soon as we arrived, at the open plan entrance with red and white checked branding, we received the friendliest of welcomes from a front of house gentlemen.

He talked us through the menu, extolling the virtues of the prime fresh Irish beef and proudly telling us the chips are all made fresh "there's nothing frozen here," - hence the big piles of potato bags used as decor.

He also talked up the firm's famed drinks machine, which gives you 100 different taste options and free refills for the whole day "you can even come back after your shopping and refill, as long as you keep your cup we don't mind," he says.

He's certainly a great salesman for the firm - and that drinks machine really is a treat with a myriad of flavour options to add into your fizzy pop.

I plumped for a strawberry Sprite (Pounds 2.50) a delightful sugary pink liquid that, whilst rotting one's teeth aside, is worth a return visit in itself.

As for ordering your food, it works like pretty much every other fast food operation - you go to a till and you order what you want then wait for your order to be dispatched.

But Five Guys pride themselves on creating every burger fresh from your requirements with an extensive list of toppings that you can add for free.

The burgers come double as standard - if you're not in the mood for a pigout you can order a "little" burger instead which is a single.

I request a whole host of toppings be added to my bacon cheeseburger (Pounds 8.75) - bacon served nice and crispy; gherkins a tad on the soggy side; I barely noticed the grilled onions to be honest; but there was a decent dollop of mayo and ketchup as per my request. …

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