First, take a look at Jollibee, which opens on Edinburgh’s Princes Street and offers dishes including fun spaghetti.

The only time I had heard of Jollibee before seeing its logo on 136 Princes Street a few months ago was in an episode of the late chef Anthony Bourdain’s travel and food documentary Parts Unknown.

He tried the Manila branch of a 44-year-old Filipino fast food chain and called the restaurant “the goofiest, funniest place on earth.”

Scotland now has its first branch opening on February 24 at the former Santander premises.

Jollibee interior

They have planned a day of celebration and their smiling and striped red and yellow bee mascot may even make an appearance.

In fact, during my pre-opening visit, he took a photo in front of Edinburgh Castle so they could send it back to a future team in the Philippines. Glasgow will also open its own branch on Sauchiehall Street on 25 March as part of the brand’s massive expansion that also covers the European and US markets. Worldwide it is more than 1500 stores in 17 countries.

It’s quite massive for a name that I’ve hardly heard of until now.

I visited the metropolitan branch the day before the opening. People had already tried the door and then looked disappointed when they were told it wasn’t quite there yet. Indeed, this is a fun lure inside. Vibrant colorways, especially at the bottom where there are comfy booths and prints inspired by traditional fabrics. On the largest table, there is a pine strip on top under glass, and there are also new trendy charging ports for phones.

Jollibee’s appearance

For someone who grew up at kids’ parties at the Princes Street branch of Wimpy, it’s a different story.

Although Jollibee in the Philippines is a family chain, they offer UK and European equivalents to Generation Z and younger millennials. It is located next to Nando’s and not other hamburger chains.

Their main focus is Chickenjoy and Spicy Chickenjoy, which come in a crispy crust and come in a branded bucket. Apparently everyone in the Philippines eats it with a helping of their special hot sauce. However, I prefer chicken tenders with their reddish brown crumble and Asian chili ginger sauce on the side.

The menu also has some interesting options. I recalled that in Parts Unknown, Bourdain tried a particularly intriguing pasta dish. Fun spaghetti is a combination of pasta with sweet red sauce, hot dog chunks and shredded cheese on top. This is comfort food.

Jollibee interior

“Crazy but oddly attractive,” Bourdain said on the program.

Other interesting signature options include the Jollibee Tropical Chicken Sandwich. It’s like their best-selling chicken sandwich, which has fried chicken and salad in a bun, only with pineapple on top. Along with the ubiquitous Coke and Sprite options, you can also order pineapple juice, as well as dips, including their Sriracha mayonnaise, and a bowl of chicken and rice with spicy sauce on top. Rice even comes as a side dish wrapped like a burger.

There are also many familiar fast food offerings such as french fries and the classic burger. beef cutlet with mayonnaise.

In addition, they will offer Irn-Bru only for their Scottish stores.

Stand photo

That and a bowl of hilarious spaghetti sounds like a pretty effective hangover cure.

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