New York City’s iconic burger stand officially opened its Chengdu store end of July 2022.
Apart from the better-than-your-average-fast-food Burgers, Shakes, Flat-Top Dogs and a very tasty veggie ‘Shroom Burger, they have tried to give the Chengdu menu a little Sichuan flavour – with local brewery Wild West providing craft beers. Try the China White, it’s got a subtle lick of Sichuan Pepper, it’s delicious.
The Chengdu store’s local specials are a panda themed shake “BE PANDASTIC!” and well as two types of ice cream, “Give Me the Tea” and “Feeling So BASHI”… But where’s the mala burger at Shake Shack? Or the hot-pot-dog? Give the people what they want!
They do have one savoury local dish, which they have collaborated with Ma Wangzi, a restaurant that recently was awarded a Star when Michelin landed in the city earlier this year. They’re using Ma Wangzi’s “Secret chilli noodles sauce” with their crinkle-cut fries and Chicken Bites™. Skip these, and go straight to the burgers.
Despite the heartbreak they didn’t go hard on local flavour – everything we tried at the pre-opening was delicious. The ‘Shroom burger is definitely one of, if not the best veggie burger in the city, and the Barbecue Burger packs a nice bit of heat. There’s only so many burgers 2 people can eat in one sitting, but we’ll be back for the Dark Meat Chicken Burger, and a shake.
Jinjang District, Chengdu Taikoo Li
8 Central Shamao St., 1F No. 1302&2322b
Daily, 10am – 10pm