McDonald’s First Vietnam Store

 photo 20140215_072518_zps4583d06d.jpgHo Chi Minh City has undergone such huge changes in the last 4 years we’ve been here. And I remember back in 2009, there was this rumor that McDonald’s will open it’s first Vietnam store. But that didn’t materialize until last week.

 photo 20140215_062202_zpsa37653f4.jpgWhen we first got here, there were five familiar fastfood chain brands and cafes (at least to me): Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, Jollibee, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and Gloria Jeans (Sorry unfamiliar with Lotteria then.).

 photo 20140215_062400_zpsca8fa2d7.jpgThen a couple of years ago, the Western invasion happened with Carl’s Jr., Burger King, Popeye’s, Texas Chicken, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Auntie Anne’s, and now, McDonald’s.

 photo 20140215_062447_zps8c028ee2.jpgSo today, we decided to make McDonald’s the goal of our Saturday bike ride. 😛 Our group of 15 (9 adults and 6 kids) headed to 6 BIS Dien Bien Phu in District 1 which was 9 kilometers away from District 7. We left at 5:30 AM and arrived at 6:30 AM to a still slightly empty McDonald’s.

 photo IMG_0557_zpsc5fc2b7a.jpgLast week when McDonald’s opened, there were real long queues. Adam captured it’s opening day.

 photo 20140215_062528_zpsea9cdb0a.jpgWhen we got to McDonald’s this morning, there were open cashiers but you didn’t have to wait in line too long when a roving crew would take your order via his PDA.

 photo 20140215_062618_zps6f58c7a4.jpgThe place was modernly decorated, spacious, and catered to big crowds. According to this article, this store could seat 350 persons and is actually open 24 hours.

 photo 20140215_062636_zps3ff0ad25.jpgA person who loves words like me, would find uplifting quotes, on tables, dividers, and walls a nice touch to the whole store. I dug it.

 photo 20140215_062810_zps0f696c2e.jpg

If I were still in my teens, I could totally see myself dropping by this store to find a spot to chill, catch up with friends or study. photo 20140215_062822_zps9aa9daa0.jpgThere’s a place for kids to play, a separate small meeting room, and toilets where kids can reach the sink with a changing area for babies.

 photo 20140215_062831_zps1c8fccc1.jpgI just love the furniture and the design. 😛

 photo 20140215_062846_zps89ca258a.jpgOn the food, well… you see, I’m really not a fast food person and I have to say that in the Philippines, I mostly eat at McDonald’s for their breakfast meals — which unfortunately they don’t have here. YET. So, yes, no longganisa meal (AS IF!), hash brown, nor pancakes!

 photo IMG_0560_zpsaab022ec.jpgWhen we ordered, the menu board was like, burger, burger, burger, nuggets. They’ve got Big Mac (which friends said tasted delicious except that it was smaller than what they were used to back in Manila), McPork (yup! Only in Vietnam!), McChicken (I had this and it was pretty good), Double Cheeseburger, McRoyal, Fillet O’ Fish, chicken nuggets, and more burger combos.

 photo IMG_0562_zpsfbf00765.jpgThey’ve got the Happy Meal as well with Grimace as their giveaway toy. I by the way just had to get a hot fudge sundae.

 photo 20140215_070045_zps24228207.jpgWhile our group was eating, Eric, a Filipino crew member chatted with us a bit. He’s just one among a few Pinoys here helping train the Vietnamese crew for a few months.

 photo IMG_0570_zps242cfb38.jpgEric introduced another Filipino crew member, Mons. If you don’t know it yet, the Vietnamese crew trained in the Philippines. Mons was saying that the Vietnamese trainees were very easy to train.

 photo 20140215_072304_zps0aac1716.jpgAlso a first in Vietnam is McDonald’s drive thru. 🙂

 photo 20140215_072529_zpsff9dad4c.jpgI may not be a fan of McDonald’s but sometimes, you just gotta have to have that fastfood fix. And honestly, McDonald’s (like Jollibee) feels like home. McDonald’s second store in Pham Ngu Lao will open in a couple of months and that is much closer that this Dien Bien Phu branch. The roundabout I tell you is a killer.

Now if only they’d open shop in District 7.

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5 Responses to McDonald’s First Vietnam Store

  1. Jemma Jones says:

    Wow! Shame my local McDonalds looks nothing like that…prefer the setting there!! Fab quotes too!

  2. My family here in Vietnam enjoyed the FIRST TASTE of McDONALD’s on its second day opening
    The FOOD is great..the SERVICE is amazingly commendable and the AMBIANCE is simply exciting!!! More BRANCHES please !!!

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