Now WE can have our Whoppers too!May 7, 2010 | 7,128 views
Updated 13th May 2010 – Burger King is opened for business. Launching ceremony to be on 23rd May 2010.
Crowded on a Saturday afternoon – Burger King @ De Garden of Ipoh
Yeah, Burger King is FINALLY opening their maiden outlet here in Ipoh. Or Perak for that matter. Timely, for this particular fast food franchise has been one of my personal favourite ever since I sank my teeth into a Whopper back in those days at their outlet in KLCC. I had a hard time forgetting the delicious “whopper” of a beef burger (pun intended), served with crispy fries (almost on par with McD’s and miles better than KFC’s) and refillable soft drinks, albeit the combo sets were (and still are) priced slightly higher than the average fast food outlet.
Notice that back then, Carl’s JR, Wendy’s, Cristang, Nambawan, Daily Grind etc were NOT on our shores yet. Okay, maybe Wendy’s (the old one) was, but I have no recollection whatsoever on the burgers they served. Especially us poor souls in Ipoh, with only McDonald’s, KFC, Grandy’s (fond memories?) and A&W (which had since vanished into thin air ...) to satisfy our cravings.
De Garden of Ipoh currently houses only a few eateries, and plans to develop the place into THE most chic and happening hotspot in Ipoh are going well, save for some trivial (okay, some not so negligible) spanner in the works.
One being the dire needs for extra parking spaces around the area. They probably did not foresee this as a problem initially, but come festivities (the recent Chinese New Year was a really good example) or public holidays, and the headaches come in waves. And no, it’s not so much coz of the booze.
Grandy’s was a HUGE hit in Ipoh back in those days …. I remember licking my fingers NOT after holding the fried chicken, but instead the buttery, sweet and addictive Cinnamon Rolls (or rather, Sinnamon Rolls, according to them)
“Yum cha” outlets (places for a drink and endless chatters) like Pappa Rich and T.O.S Coffee Bistro have slowly become the ultimate haunts for friends and family members seeking for a respite from the heat (both air-conditioned outlets, and offering al fresco seating area, the latter even putting up a giant projector screen for football matches on the telly) and a cool place to hangout come night time. Want some booze, and even Hoegaarden beer? There’s Oval de Garden (This link will take you to simonso’s blog) on the 1st floor, when you wanna get a little tipsy ……
Thankfully Burger King opens at the former Courts, facing Jusco Kinta City. (Courts have since relocated to the Ipoh Garden roundabout, where Hoi Seng Restaurant is) And they offer Drive-Thru services as well, so you don’t have to pull your hair out if you can’t find an empty parking lot.
** Other F&B Outlets @ De Garden – Ayam Penyet – AP, and a new fresh frozen yoghurt (desserts) chain-outlet named Tutti Frutti (more on that soon). And Wong Kok Char Chan Teng (a chain of restaurants in Klang Valley serving Hong Kong-style cuisine) is rumoured confirmed (just saw the banner tonight) to be opening soon, in June 2010 at De Garden as well.