So for the past few months I have been low key vegetarian. Not for any ethical beliefs at this stage, but just because I noticed large improvements with my health, weight, and energy.
I had a good momentum going up until my recent trip overseas, which doubled as my first holiday in a long time. So I left the vegetarian commitment at the Australian customs and vowed to collect it back on my return.
So now that all foods were back on the table, I made a little trip to the local McDonalds in Japan to taste some unique items.
Firstly I have to note: I have always felt that McDonalds has seemed to struggle in Japan, with the extreme amount of eateries and outlets available to the consumers with faster and better flavoured foods. The McDonalds I visited in the suburban areas of Japan really had a focus of being a family restaurant, or a place for a student to plug into the free wi-fi and sit for hours. So the venues I visited had unique items such as - Floor staff (walking and talking to customers, opening doors for customers, and cleaning tables), no self-service (something that is a staple in Australia, you actually talk to place your order), and they were extremely clean (not a drop of rubbish in the entire restaurant or carpark).
The metro Maccas in the middle of Tokyo are more of the walk-in / walk-out factory line McDonalds, with no seating available because its too busy.
1. THE TERIYAKI BURGER
Tasty as always - this unique burger boasts a sticky sweet&salty Teriyaki sauce, offset by creamy mayonnaise and crips lettuce on a pork burger patty.
A similar size to a cheeseburger with a highly addictive favour combo - this delicious staple is a must have on any Japanese trip.
Now and again that release a couple of options, such as a cheese & teriyaki, or a chilli teriyaki. But it doesn’t need it. It’s perfect.
2. THE EBI FILET-O
A unique take on the Filet-O Fish, but swapping out the fish part and replacing it with the crisp square pillow of Ebi (prawns). The burger was oozing with the sweet tangy flavour of Big-Mac sauce and crips lettuce to round the crunch in every bite.
Damn it tasted good! Think tempura prawns in a soft bread roll and BigMac sauce. Take my money…
This burger was a touch bigger than the Teriyaki burger, and cost just a touch more.
3. BACON & POTATO PIESEN
This item flashed on the menu screen as I was putting in my order, so naturally it also ended up in the order. I love bacon and I love potatoes, so it was looking like a good choice.
On first glance it looked pretty good, with a crisp golden deep-fired apple pie look. On first taste it was pretty shit.
It had this gooey instant-potato thing going on, with no bacon in sight. Perhaps it was only bacon flavoured?
At only $1.50 I wasn’t really worried. I was more worried that the Chicken nuggets I ordered only had 5 nuggets in the box…. I had to confirm with my wife, but it was correct - in Japan you only get 5 nuggets in a pack.
Overall it was a delicious experience (its McDonalds, of course it tastes good), but I felt like crap afterwards. I was too excited and ordered too much. It was also quite cheap, at only $7ish dollars per a meal-deal.
I also took some snaps of a delivery menu as below. Enjoy.