Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Shake Shack @ Dubai Mall

With Shake Shack now preparing to venture into Southeast Asian markets like Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia, it's interesting to investigate how Danny Meyer's illustrious American burger brand is faring with international partners in a far-flung foreign destination like the United Arab Emirates. The verdict: If Shake Shack Kuala Lumpur turns out to be anything like Shake Shack Dubai, Malaysia's burger enthusiasts will be in for a treat.

Shake Shack's venue in the world's largest mall feels sleek & upmarket, bolstered by an exuberant crew that keeps things running with an impressively polished briskness. Place your order at the counter & you'll be able to collect your food within five to seven minutes.

These are the epitome of everything we hope to taste when we sink our teeth into a well-made burger. The choices might not seem incredibly extensive, but each burger is distinctive enough & every one is worth sampling: the basic ShackBurger (a cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato & the famed ShackSauce), ShackMeister (a cheeseburger with crispy marinated shallots & ShackSauce), Shroom Burger (a vegetarian burger with fried portobello mushroom filled with melted muenster & cheddar cheeses) & our personal favourite, the SmokeShack (a cheeseburger topped with hickory-smoked veal bacon, spicy chopped cherry peppers & ShackSauce), built with 100 percent Angus beef, no hormones, no antibiotics.

Our top tip would be to order a double patty for the most fulfilling meat-to-bun proportion, especially when the patties are this delicious - nicely seasoned but not over-salted, consistently cooked to deliver a crusty char at first bite, followed by a juicy-savoury chew, served fresh & hot, paired expertly with the toppings to produce flavours that are resonant, not overbearing.

Flat-top hot dogs are also available, split & griddled crisp, with options like the Shack-cago Hot Dog (Vienna all-beef hot dog with Rick's Pick's Shack relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery salt & mustard), but they don't stand out as much as the mighty burgers. Dubai's prices are predictably expensive; a basic single-patty ShackBurger is AED26 (RM30).

Love the crinkle-cut fries, which have a dense, 'real' potato taste & texture - we could have eaten them all day, especially the one topped with cheese & cherry peppers. Dessert lovers will be intrigued by the Concretes - frozen custard ice cream with a mousse-like texture, spun fresh daily at the Shack, made with real sugar, not corn syrup, & milk from dairy farmers who pledge not to use artificial growth hormones - with richly flavoured varieties that include Vanilla Toffee Twirl, Red Velvet & Strawberry Banana Trifle. Plenty of shake options are available too, from peanut butter to caramel, as well as a Fair Shake, which showcases certified organic Arabica Fair Trade coffee, to complement the burgers. We eagerly anticipate Shake Shack in KL.

Shake Shack, Dubai Mall. Shake Shack Malaysia possible by sometime next year in KL

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24 comments:

  1. Love that backdrop with the divers diving down. Was that a fountain, the water cascading down from above? Looking at the people at that place, I would not expect it to be in Dubai except for the first few shots. Shake in a paper cup? I prefer mine in a glass. I wonder how Malaysians would pronounce the name when they start an outlet here... :P

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    1. Suituapui: oh yeah, it was a fountain ... a two-storey fountain :D sheik shack? heheh ...

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  2. We've got a few shacks here....Fuel Shack, Steak Shack, Laksa Shack, Crab Shack...kekeke! :D :D but not Shake Shack!! ;D

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    1. Contact.ewew: it's time for this shack to come to KL! :D

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  3. This looks like a fast food lover's delight. :)

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    1. Linda: quality fast food :D

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  4. Wow.. such a huge restaurant for a Shack eh? Looks like it's going to be a real hit when it arrives in KL!

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    1. Iamthewitch: if they can lower their prices and maintain their quality, they'll be a smash here! :)

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  5. Had Shake Shack burgers in New York - overhyped and overrated IMHO. Prefer our own KGB burgers !

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    1. BBW: KGB is definitely good too! hope you'll like Shack Shack in Malaysia if they make it here :)

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  6. Oh I do recall walking past here.

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    1. The Yum List: i wouldn't be able to resist popping inside :D

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  7. They should have one in the airport, or now they do?
    I remember I always go to McD, :P

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    1. CK: oh ya, heheh, everyone was eating mcdonald's at the departure hall while waiting for the flight :D

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  8. Wonder how the myburgerlab boys feel about Shake Shack opening in KL.

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    1. Resident: i hope they'll welcome shake shack, if it happens as planned :)

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  9. Shake Shack is so goooood! I had mine in Dubai too. First time was in dubai mall and my second and third were in dubai airport. for me, I love the not so thick patty so I can enjoy the burger. It is still juicy. I hope they open one in KL. I'm currently studying in New York, so there is only a non halal patty at Shake Shack here. That's why I enjoyed having it in Dubai.

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    1. Sarah: glad to hear you enjoyed your dubai encounters with shake shack ... i'm crossing my fingers that the KL branch becomes a reality too :)

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  10. Any news of when they're going to open up here, Sean? I'm craving for their burgers and fries.

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    1. Shameem: it would be next year at the earliest, and it would most likely be after the Singapore branch opens. i'll be lining up if/when they open here too :)

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  11. I eagerly anticipate Shake Shack in KL too!

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    1. Rebecca: let's keep our fingers and toes crossed! :D

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  12. OMG, can't wait for Shake Shack to come to Malaysia asap! Im missing their burgers so much after having them in London!

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    1. Evie: we'll have to wait until next year at the earliest, but in the worst-case scenario, they should be able to open in singapore first :)

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