My world is pretty much shaken to the core. I am going through a number of major life transitions and it’s not been easy.
- Getting married to my ex-boyfriend (now The Husband) after 9-years. Finally.
- Going to Dubai after much whining and pining throughout a 3-year long distance relationship. Again. Finally.
- Working on getting our government documents done so that I can join The Husband here in Dubai. So being the neurotic me, I am already thinking about leaving home sweet home: my family, my friends…practically my entire life behind.
There are times that I feel it is just too much too soon.The other night I was just so shaken that I lost my appetite. This was it. I’ve hit the wall. Until…
Before coming home from work, The Husband asked me where I wanted to eat for dinner. I must admit my tummy was growling so loud because I did not have anything decent inside me the entire day. So I took the offer graciously and then whispered: “I want to eat at the Shake Shack.” The Husband chuckled. He knew that food was a sure upper to my down trodden spirits, even if I’ve seemingly lost my appetite.
The Shake Shack is apparently one of the most popular burger shacks in New York City. Droves of people would line up under the sun for an hour just to get a burger from The Shack Shake. So the ever curious me wanted to know what the fuss was all about. Were the Shake Shack burgers THAT good? After taking a peek of the reviews here, here and here AND snooping around the Shake Shack in MOE, I thought it was worth a try. I am a sucker for anything new and popular anyway.
I ordered the Shake Stack (39 AED), a greasy tower of all-beef patty; a deep-fried panko (japanese bread crums) coated, mozarella cheese stuffed portabello mushroom; lettuce; tomatoes; and cheese inside a soft bun. The burger was not enough. Of course. So I also ordered cheese fries (22 AED?) and a single serve frozen custard (19AED) – the Marshmallow Crispy ‘Crete (just because I’m not a chocolate person). I just had to taste what a frozen custard was.
So did Shake Shack manage to shake off my misery and uplift my spirits? Yes AND no.
I loved the fact that the ‘Shroom of the Shake Stack burger was literally oozing with cheese. I was definitely not shortchanged with that. But the burger was a bit too greasy. Then again, what did I expect from a burger?!? Oiliness is the Godliness of fastfood for crying out loud.
The cheese fries, on the other hand, were too ordinary for me. It was fries with cheese sauce. So I would no come back for this. It made me miss my most beloved fries in the whole wide world. But unfortunately, those fries are thousands of miles away from me. It would have been perfect with the Shake Stack burger.
Finally, the frozen custard was basically ice cream with a cool marketing spin. Hehehe. But this is what sealed the deal for me. I wouldn’t go back for the burger, but I would go back for the “frozen custard” / ice cream. Smooth, creamy with a bit of crunch from the crispies. It had enough sugar to give me a temporary high for two straight days.
And so it did. I survived the past few days without any moping and wailing. Thanks for shaking me up Shake Shack…at least for now.
To know more about The Shake Shack Dubai’s menu, click here
Visit The Shake Shack at Mall of the Emirates, near Ski Dubai