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On the 20th of October, Philippines favourite and most loved fast food “Jollibee,” finally (And I have to re-iterate this too!…FINALLY!) opened their doors to the UK at 8am where Thousands of customers became a part of this iconic history. Filipinos from all over the UK and not to mention… from Europe, such as Germany, France, Ireland, Spain to name a few. Earl’s Court in London is where Jollibee calls their First UK store “Home!” and no doubt about that, since Earl’s Court is home to the Filipino community where you can find Filipino restaurants, supermarkets, hairdressers, money transfers and many more.
I was very lucky to visit Jollibee during their opening day and the experience was definitely worth it! I woke up at 4am and made my way to Earl’s Court at 5am. I wanted to make sure I get there as soon as I can in the hopes of being one of the First 200 customers to receive a Jollibee stuff toy and a Free Chicken meal (Small things like these means a lot to me! and this is a matter of principle and the excitement of coming to Jollibee UK). Unfortunately, when I got there at 5:30 am, the queue was already building up and unfortunately, I was not one of the First 200 customers. But I was still within the 200 plus customer (I can’t remember exactly but it was a close call for me!).
It took me around 5 and 1/2 Hours until I managed to get in to the restaurant. It may seem forever, but my fellow Filipinos in the queue made it feel like minutes as I felt their excitement and of course, being the Filipino we are, had that fun and happy spirit and spent the time chatting with each other. During this time, I took every opportunity of vlogging and interviewing some of the customers waiting in the queue. You can check my Vlog here:
When it was my turn to make my way in to the “Emerald City” that is… Jollibee… I felt so at home and made me feel that I am back in the Philippines. We were welcomed by the lovely Jollibee staff which makes you feel the genuine Filipino hospitality. At this point, I definitely thought I was back in Cebu.
Finally! It was my turn to hand my order slip (As one of the staff took our orders outside of the queue), and was greeted with a friendly and Filipino greeting “Good Morning Sir, Welcome to Jollibee!” I ordered a handful, such as Chickenjoy, a Jolly Spaghetti, Regular Yum with Cheese (Cheeseburger), 1 Piece Burgersteak, Large Fries and a Chicken burger. At this point, I made sure I had my cash ready as they only accept cash at the moment with a maximum spend of £50 per person. It didn’t took long until I had my order ready.
When I managed to sit down, I started by enjoying the Chickenjoy as this is their best-selling food. It did taste just the same as the Philippines, except the gravy tasted a bit stronger. I was told that this is a mushroom gravy which explains why it smells strong. Then, I tried the Regular yum with Cheese which also tastes like back in the Philippines. I was very excited with the Jolly Spaghetti, as the Filipino style spaghetti’s are sweet. The taste however, was not the same as back in the Philippines. It was less sweeter, but still tastes good! You can check the Second part of my vlog on my Jollibee UK experience here:
Overall, I really had a great time at Jollibee UK! Having Jollibee in the UK makes you feel like being back home in the Philippines, which is more than just queuing for a Chicken meal! Most Filipinos grew up enjoying Jollibee and especially, during their childhood days when a visit to Jollibee was an exciting treat and a reason to bond with families, friends and loved ones. Will I be going back to Jollibee?… Absolutely!
Thank you, Jollibee! for bringing the taste of the Philippines to the UK! 🙂
Are you a fan of Jollibee? Or have you visited any Jollibee stores? I’d love to know your thoughts.
- Jollibee is located in Earl’s Court, London. The nearest Tube station is Earl’s Court station.
- Please note! Jollibee only accepts cash payments and a maximum of £50 spend per person.
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