I was asked if there was a difference between Shake Shack in Japan and the USA. I have never eaten an actual (meat) burger, flattop dog or fries from Shake Shack, so I don’t know. The only thing I’ve eaten in Shake Shack are the ‘Shroom Burgers, which is a fried portobello mushroom with muenster and cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato with ShackSauce.
I spoke to a few Americans dining at the Roppongi Shake Shack and they said the major difference in Japan, for the burger, is that the angus beef portion is larger in Japan than the U.S., which is surprising considering, Japan portions tend to be much smaller.
But what one can expect is a price difference. For one, the Angus beef is imported from Australia and the buns are imported from the U.S. So, that’s part of the reason why it’s a bit more expensive.
As for those hours of waiting to dine at Shake Shack, that was more towards the end of 2015 and 2016 when the Jingumae and Ebisu shops were the main restaurants, but since then, four more have opened up throughout Tokyo. And the places still remain packed, from what I have seen in Roppongi and Yurakucho.
But I ordered my usual…the ‘Shroom Burger with a Blood Orange Lemonade. And same, wonderful taste!
Definitely check out Shake Shack in Japan, if you are jonesing for a delicious, western-style burger/sandwich!