The Love Shake – “Nothing but burgers and milkshakes – I like!”
Having noticed this new joint pop up fairly recently near the corner of Kingsland Road and Old Street, fellow burger detective Mayor McCheese and I decided to go and investigate. Upon walking through the door of The Love Shake, the first thing that hit us is that this joint could easily be in Brooklyn. It’s got the lo-fi, hipster vibe down to a tee – but without any fronty attitude, which is always a bonus.
1. Presentation – The presentation is fairly simple and compared to other wonderful burgers reviewed on this site, it doesn’t really compete. But, it’s not bad and I can imagine that before burger making became an art form, this is probably what you’d be served at a diner in the US of A back in the day.
2. Structure – Good structure here, if a little thin in the hand. Due to the price of the burger, this is your standard bap – but it works.
3. Components – This is basically a cheap, fast food burger. It isn't, nor does it claim to be, gourmet or organic, but it does include all the necessaries to keep it in the competition. Equipped with shredded iceberg lettuce, gherkins, a juicy wedge of tomato and a slice of American cheese, this covers all the essentials.
4. Taste – Unfortunately, as much as I wanted it to be better, the burger was a bit overdone and for that reason it brought down the eating experience slightly. Not sure if mine was a one-off or if this is the way they always come, but it could have done with a minute or two less on the grill. A special mention must be made of the accompanying milkshake though – a real treat and if this was a milkshake blog it would score very highly.
5. The whole experience – Really enjoyable. Sure, the burger was a bit overdone and it’s not a gourmet food experience, but this is cheap, cool and a great option for a quick bite in Shoreditch. It also has free Internet access and computers to use, they sell alcohol, AND it's open till 2am on the weekend. With a great selection of funk, jazz and soul blasting out the stereo, The Love Shake has got a good vibe that isn’t that easy to find in London.
1. 2/5 – nothing special but not necessarily bad
2. 3/5 – it’s a standard burger bap – but it works
3. 3/5 – covers all the essentials
5. 5/5 – a winner, yes it’s cheap and it’s not going to win any gastro medals, but compared to the other local options in a similar price bracket this is miles ahead
Total = 15/25 (3 STARS)
The Love Shake
5 Kingsland Road
Dear readers, you may have noticed that the quality of image has been a little under par in this post. Apologies. You'll be happy to know that since his visit to The Love Shake, Cheeseblogger has invested in a new photographic device, complete with flash – to ensure subsequent posts will have much clearer food photos!