It's like this... If I, hubby, our two kids and nanny ate at McDonalds, we will definitely spend not more than AED 75. If we dine in at Shake Shack, just hubby and I will cost double of what we'll spend at MickeyD's for the whole fam. Is it worth it? BUT OF COURSE!
There are certain dishes which I know I can top and would be bothered to pay the second time once I already know the taste. Shake Shack concoction? No way in the world will I ever replicate and so it will never bug me to pay again and again.
Hubby and I had the pleasure of eating the best steak and wine in our lifetime. Steaks that are melt in your mouth, literally it's like foodgasm on every bite. Shack Stack of Shake Shack (say that again like five times!)... was almost as many foodgasm as the steaks we had.
We've been to this joint twice or thrice I think. The first time was out of curiosity. I enjoyed the food but was a bit taken aback by the price... so maybe that affected my overall tastes.
So I suggest you go to Shake Shack knowing you'll be paying AED 50 a burger and that if you add chips and soda, you're looking at AED 100 a head. Have that in your head so you know you're ready to pay. The next advise is... don't go there half full... go there starving! So that every bite is an explosion of flavours.
Yes you can see the more affordable Cheeseburgers or hotdogs and stuff.... Don't. Order. That. Order Shack Stack. It is a combination of Shroom Burger and Cheeseburger. Also, don't order the french fries with cheese. Order the plain one so your burger has no competition... if you ask me I love the unadulterated french fries... you can taste the quality of potatoes they used. Once you've tasted the creme de la creme, the pièce de résistance of Shack Stack,,, then on your next visit... order the others and judge for yourself how much it compares to the king of kings Shack Stack.
Shake Shack is on the upper level of Mall of the Emirates, next to the food court. Take away is alright but for the first timers... eat there! The place is not upmarket. It has tables and benches but somehow food transports you to another place.
For a Full Menu and other infos... click this link http://www.shakeshack.com/location/dubai/