I encountered him once, I encounter him again once more for the ultimate showdown…
40 years ago, my dad went to a branch of this place on the day it first opened in High Street Kensington, London. He thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was pretty ghastly.
LOCATION: McDonalds, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
THE PLACE: The kitchen as in all the other outlets is open plan, and looks like a factory. Behind the long counters, cheery staff wearing paper hats ask you what you want. The atmosphere was alright, but the air had an oily clamminess to it, and it reeked of oil – we could smell it even as we approached the building. The walls were painted in green and the dining area was very clean.
SERVICE: Although they looked identical in their uniforms and hats, they were very happy. Perhaps that’s why they call them Happy Meals. The food came in t-minus 15 seconds (not joking), which is really creepy.
WHAT I HAD:
I had a Big Mac, which was more like a tiny Mac. It was as flat as a pancake, and did not look particularly appetising. It was as if someone had run over it. The beef was as flat as a piece of cardboard, looked like a piece of cardboard, and tasted like a piece of cardboard, if not a shoe insole (not that I know how that would taste, I’m just imagining a shoe insole tastes like that). It was a complete disappointment: the big mac on the ads was the far-off cousin of the so called “big mac” in my little box. But what made the burger ‘relatively’ tasty was the bun – which had a sweet flavour – and the (creamy?) relish. The little strands of defrosted lettuce had no taste at all and the pickle just tasted of sweet/sour vinegar with a crunchy texture. The combination of these components of the Big Mac and the cardboard texture of the beef made it just about edible (and yes, I do sound like a food snob). Overall, it was a disaster.
Now we get to the fries…
I can sum them up in one word: average. Although they had a fairly good taste, they left a bitter aftertaste because they were cooked in old oil. I don’t know why people brag about how McDonald’s fries are the best because even defrosted McCains sold from my local corner shop are better.
My mum had a veggie burger. She said it was tasteless. I tried it. It was tasteless. She scored it a 1/10.
CONCLUSION TO THIS VERY CRITICAL REVIEW: The thing that haunted me the most about going here was how high the callory count was for my flat, unappetising, unfilling little thing on my plate called a Big Mac. Look at the photo below on the detail on my meal:
One thing that was very creepy was that there were no ingredients listed on my Big Mac box. I asked the staff for the ingredients and they too didn’t know or had them anywhere. I have no idea why 65M people go to McDonalds every day because the quality and taste of the food is below mediocre. And don’t start pulling out that argument that it is really cheap and most people can’t afford healthy food because YOU KNOW WHAT? a big mac costs £2.29 and you can buy a healthy, filling and tasty wrap at PretAManger for £2.50!
RATING: 2/10. “I’m lovin’ it”, more like “I’m hatin’ it”