I’ve been hearing rumors of a McDonalds opening here in Islamabad/Rawalpindi for more than 3 years now. Every once in a while, people would get really excited about it and were very sure that this time it was real and everytime, it ended with a no show. It was so weird that when they went to visit Lahore, my friends often brought back a couple of Big Macs or McArabias as a gift. Seems the long wait is finally over for Isb/Rwp dwellers.
Passing by Chaklala this morning, I saw the M sign and Ronald ready to go up next to a building in Jinnah Park (just off the main road that the airport sits on). The opening was confirmed by an ad in the newspaper which stated tomorrow (11th August) as the launch date.
Why such a fuss over a fast food restaurant? Maybe because we in Islamabad (and even Pindi) have little choice when it comes to good food, both fast and slow. Even the big named chains such as KFC suck so much in quality that they’re on my “highly avoidable” list. Lunch is usually worth skipping but it could change with more such speedy foods arriving.
McDonalds was something I despised while in Singapore. The only thing good about it were the fries and the drinks (for some strange reason). Japan was worse since the meat wasn’t Halal, though I often relied on a few large fries with a couple of milkshakes for lunch until it was found out that the fries included beef extract and that they weren’t actually vegeratian.
The big M is one last hope for some decent fries in this area. Hope it meets expectations (and also that it makes its move into Islamabad soon).