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Advantages: Fast service; snazzy interior; yummy food; large choice; cheap.
Disadvantages: Calories; foreign staff that don't even speak standard English.
McDonalds is the worlds largest chain of fast food, serving 58 million customers daily. The American restaurant is either presented as a franchise, an affiliate or by the corporation itself. McDonald's revenues grew 27% over the three years ending in 2007 to $22.8 billion, and 9% growth in operating income to $3.9 billion. Obviously, it's a fast-food restaurant, which specialises in hamburgers, fries, milkshakes, chicken nuggets and soft drinks. However, the brand also sells wraps, salads and milk due to criticism for being 'unhealthy.'
The business started in 1940, by creators Maurice and Richard McDonald. In 1967, the infamous Ronald McDonald was created, which is a brightly coloured clown made to mascot McDonalds however the mascot was originally a chef cartoon called 'Speedee.' The famous gold, arched 'M' is also part of the restaurant's branding. The first McDonald's restaurants opened in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Panama, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Australia, France, El Salvador and Sweden, in order of openings. The firm has globalised in the last years, bringing a piece of America to every country in the world.
McDonalds restaurants are found in 119 countries, operates in 31,000 restaurants and employs 1.5 million people.
Designs of restaurants vary in different parts of the world. Recently, in Europe, McDonalds interior was completely revolutionised making it a more modern, cosy place to eat. Especially in the UK, the design is very urban and has a trendy vibe to it, furnishings include: classy bar stool; snazzy wallpaper; which is ironically taking a green, brown and pink theme despite McDonalds colour scheme primarily sticking to red and yellow; stylish wooden floors and comfy dining seats. The kitchen and cash registers aren't modernised and are still chaotic and busy, as usual. Overall, a fast food restaurant with a chic twist, especially in UK restaurants. One let down for me however, is the fact that it is always cold in there and I always need to keep a coat or fleece of some sort on, which is very off putting when trying to relax and enjoy your meal.
I'm writing this based on a recent visit to McDonalds with friends. I visited a town centre McDonalds, so as you can imagine it was very busy but after battling through herds of queues and customers, I finally reached the register. I ordered what I usually order, a McDonalds Happy Meal (yes, I'm 16 but I still love Happy Meals, ridiculous I know!) In a Happy Meal, you can order almost anything: burgers, nuggets, salads etc. With this, you also get fries and a character toy from their latest film or toy promotions, most of the time the toys are pretty poor though. So, anyway, ordering food wasn't easy. The woman at the till hardly spoke a word of English and I had to repeat myself at-least 6 times, whilst my friends waited impatiently. I think McDonalds should make sure their staff have standard English, as it is hard to order food. Like the name, 'fast food' the food came quick, I waited one minute max. Overall, I wasn't entirely impressed with staff however service was fast.
Also, inside the restaurant, it's very hygienic and clean. Every time I go in, there is always a cleaner on hand cleaning tables and surfaces. Bins are also laid out the shop to avoid litter.
We then had to wait about 10 minutes to find a seat, however that was a fault of ours because we got there late, it wasn't a fault of McDonalds as there are many seats inside. So, finally sitting down, we scrambled for a seat. Happy Meals are contained in a brightly coloured box, that is easily openable. In my Happy Meal, I ordered a cheeseburger, fries and a thick chocolate milkshake - delicious! Inside, the burger is carefully wrapped in a greaseproof paper material, and chips are contained in a small bag, there are about 30 chips inside. They aren't standard thick oven chips, they are thin, crispy salted fries that you can't seem to buy in supermarkets. The milkshake was contained in a soda cup with a straw. Therefore, food is attractively presented and is appealing to young children and of course, young adults like myself.
Anyone can enjoy a Happy Meal, they are priced at £1.99, which is great value for such a yummy treat. Larger meals are about £4-£5, but I find Happy Meals much better value but there is more choice in the meals, including sandwiches, wraps and chicken burgers. You can buy nuggets or burgers alone for just £1 also. Overall, great value food!
As I carefully unwrapped my burger, it was still hot and ready to eat. The burger comes complete with cheese, lettuce, gherkin, bun and of course, the patty. Chips appear golden, thin and crispy to eat. The milkshake tasted divine - sweet and chocolatey but not too chocolatey that it's sickly. The milkshake is however difficult to suck up the straw, so brace yourself! You also get minor brain freeze from the milkshake too, but it's only temporary. The cheese burger is savoury and the balance between the soft bun and crunchy lettuce is excellent on the palette. The cheese and patty just melt in your mouth. I thoroughly enjoyed my Happy Meal, and will repurchase every time I visit.
One of my friends brought a McChicken sandwich meal. I've sampled one of these before, and loved it! The meal contains £3.99 and you get a large drink, chicken sandwich and fries inside. Food is slightly larger than Happy Meal sized food, and tastes great also. McChicken sandwiches are made up of a golden bun, a battered chicken patty, a creamy mayo sauce and some crunchy lettuce. The burger is filling without being starchy and makes a perfect lunch.
Other drinks that McDonalds sell is Sprite, Coca Cola, Strawberry Milkshake, Chocolate Milkshake, Milk, Diet Coke and Fanta.
This delicious meal does come at a cost though. This disadvantage is of course, the calorie content. McDonalds are often criticised on the health of their meals, this includes the amount of artificial flavourings and salt going into their products. To name a few, a cheeseburger has 295 calories; BigMac's have 485; Chicken Sandwiches have 370 and milkshakes have 400 calories. This is a lot of calories but if you enjoy McDonalds as a balanced diet and in moderation, it's fine.
To combat the issue of obesity, McDonalds introduced salads. But ironically, these 'healthy' salads have as much calories as one of their burgers due to all of the dressings on-top of them.
Desserts at McDonalds are huge in variety. There's so much to choose from! McFlurrys, Sundaes, Brownies, Flapjacks and Pancakes to name a few. McFlurries are personally my favourite, they are basically a Mr Whippy style ice cream in a tub served with sprinkles and sweets on top. The ice cream is sweet and creamy, and the sweets give it that extra crunch. I enjoy McFlurries however I've heard that the brownies can be quite thick and stodgy so beware of them.
In conclusion, I love McDonalds, like many of us. It's a convenient restaurant that can be found in most town centres and shopping malls. The food always tastes great despite the calories. The restaurant layout is flash and modern, although the staff sometimes come across as quite ride and illiterate. There is a lot to choose from, including meals, desserts and drinks. Overall, a great place to eat as a treat and I'll continue to eat there, like 58 million people all over the world daily!
Remember to enjoy McDonalds as part of a balanced diet in moderation as it is quite fattening and greasy. I watched a daunting documentary of a guy who ate McDonalds for about a month, everyday, then he ended up weighing almost double his bodyweight. Scary, I know!
Well done McDonalds. 4 stars!
Summary: A quick, convenient restaurant!
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