So many questions when you hear a name such as Five Lads. Instantly, I thought of the famous Five Guys, a burger franchise founded by five brothers. Five Lads, however, is much different. I have no idea what the name represents but inside it’s a peri-peri takeaway, with a small dining area.
If it’s your first time at this place, you may be confused. When we walked in, there was no greeting from the cashier or anybody. Just an awkward walk. We were wondering whether we should sit at a table and get given a menu or stand and wait to be seated. We chose to stand and the staff must’ve acknowledged us since we were the only few people there and they had looked at us walking in. Instead of greeting us and showing us how things work at Five Lads, staff chose to browse their phone and expected us to know how they operate.
To spare the embarrassment, we went ahead and sat on a table. I then got up and asked for a menu. The lad, on the phone, pointed at a takeaway menu and said “there”, without even looking up. The atmosphere for of Five Lads felt gloomy and dead. He might have been a zombie. Who knows?
I took the takeaway menu to the table and after deciding what to eat, went to the counter to give my order.
Our Order Summary
The prices are decent, pretty low for peri-peri. It reminded me a lot of Pepe’s, a Peri-Peri franchise.
- Single Platter: Whole Peri Peri Chicken (Extra Hot), Steak Chips, Coleslaw and two drinks £11.99
- Five Lads Burger – A gourmet beef burger with chicken £5.49
Five Lads Peri Peri Chicken vs Nando’s Chicken
Nando’s is the benchmark to hit or beat when it comes to peri flavoured chicken. Personally, I believe Nando’s has the best standards when it comes to quality chicken with succulent and juicy taste.
We didn’t have to wait long for our order to arrive. Matter fact, it was only a 10-minute wait. The chicken was served extra-hot, as ordered. It was nice but needed more heat. However, it didn’t beat Franzos Peri Peri, in Ilford (Cheap and delicious). We also thought the chicken was smaller than what you get at Nando’s.
Five Lads flavours were just about hitting the benchmark. It didn’t surprise me or make me say wow in anyway. Nevertheless, for £11.99 the single platter is a bargain deal for two to share.
The Five Lads Burger
The sole reason I got this burger was the name. I wanted to know what Five Lads were about. So I chose the dish with the name of the place. Upon serving the burger looked great. A gourmet looking beef patty, peri chicken fillet, between a soft bun.
I took a bite and instantly thought it was missing something. I couldn’t put a finger on what was missing. Perhaps a unique sauce to say it belongs to Five Lads? It was dry. The patty tasted much like a shish kebab. Only thicker. The peri chicken fillet was rather small too. Overall the burger didn’t satisfy our taste buds and the dry beef patty made it harder to finish.
To make this burger better, the beef patty should perhaps have a ‘secret’ sauce to make it explode in your mouth.
If you’re in the area of Leyton, looking for a quick halal bite, want some peri flavours, give Five Lads a go. Avoid the beef patties and stick to the chicken.
– Fully halal menu confirmed with certificates
– No alcohol served on the premises
Location: 308 High Rd Leyton, London E10 5PW
Last modified: 4th May 2019