The Pizza Delivery Experts Got Lost in Ipoh?September 17, 2010 | 17,782 views
Domino’s Pizza’s Opening take away offer – Buy One regular pizza and get a second one at only RM0.10. Valid until 31st October 2010.
Can you say “Finally”? After a good 13 years of arriving at our shores, the first Domino’s Pizza outlet in Perak opened its doors in Ipoh recently
The title notwithstanding, I am actually glad that Ipoh’s currently on a roll; experiencing rapid growth in the food & beverage department with new chain eateries launching left and right. Oh Sushi, Purple Cane Tea House and Strawberry Moment Dessert Cafe started charming their way into the hearts of the foodies in Ipoh at the beginning of the second half of this year.
And then Domino’s Pizza arrived at the scene, launching without much fanfare (if not for the readers, I wouldn’t have known) at a very strategic location in Medan Ipoh Bistari; facing the main road of Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah Utara.
I know, I know. Domino’s Pizza for real??!!! Aww … come on lah. Many of you may be wondering why on earth would I be wasting a post by writing about a fast food that has been around in the Klang Valley since the late 90′s?!
Read on to find out why, and what’s up with the “… Got Lost in Ipoh?” tag in the title of this post …….
Made Fresh. Arrives Fresh. So far … so good.
Okaylah, I am not going to go to the extend of throwing heaps of compliments and singing praises/worship verses for we all know just how predictable fast food really is.
But I want to share my experience as a true blue Ipohan. I was born and bred raised in this picturesque, limestone hills-populated and tranquil town (yes, Ipoh’s still a town deep in my heart) with a lacking urge to pick up the pace even during the rush hours.
Seafood Delight Pizza – Crabmeat, tuna chunks, onions, and green peppers.
When we were small, we only had to be contented with McDonald’s (yes, the fantastic milkshakes, Happy Meals cardboard boxes with joyful drawings of Ronald, Grimace, Hamburglar & Birdie), Kentucky Fried Chicken, A&W & the now defunct Grandy’s (delicious cinnamon rolls).
To which we were so envious when people in the Klang Valley got to enjoy their Whoppers from Burger King and subsequently chomping on their huge-a$$ Carl’s Jr’s burgers with guacamole/bacon/chili/cheese, and various gourmet burgers from various cafes/bistros.
And all we have in Ipoh? McDonald’s, KFC, and the many Ramly burger stalls. Talk about unfair development? And bear in mind that Ipoh was granted with the city status way back in 1988. More than two decades ago.
Meat Mania – Beef Pepperoni, beef sausage, ground beef, chicken potpourri sausages and olives
So can you blame me for the slightest tinge of excitement once hearing about this new Domino’s Pizza opening in Ipoh? That finally after the failed Shakey’s Pizza in Tesco Station 18 (already closed now, deservingly), we can now choose between Pizza Hut OR Domino’s when craving for pizzas being delivered to our doorsteps.
* On a side note, Michelangelo’s Pizzeria MAY start with the delivery & take away counter concept soon enough, once they’re well-staffed and expanded accordingly. *
BBQ Chicken Pizza – Shredded chicken, onions, green peppers and BBQ sauce
Fast forward to this very afternoon. I reached Domino’s in hopes of getting a table for dining in. But to no avail. The place can only accommodate a small crowd of about 20 people. Definitely a “Delivery & Take Away Expert” as I doubt they can even cope with a larger party celebrating any occasion.
So we adjourned for a Japanese feast at the new Mokuren instead. More on that in a later review.
BBQ Chicken Wings – Notice that only the upper part of the wings are used, basked in a piquant BBQ sauce.
Never one to give up, we decided to go the tried-and-tested-route. And definitely Domino’s forte; Home Delivery. So I decided to order online, from their website HERE. Barely started the registration process, and I noticed that my street address is NOT in their system. A spirit-dampener this one, as there was no way I could fake a street address or instantly registering a new one into the system.
So we ended up calling the toll free line : 1-300-888-333.
Garlic Cheese Onion Rings
Ended up picking the Incredible Meal 3 for 6 pax. At RM60/USD18.80 nett, you will get 3 regular pizzas of your choice, about 8 pieces of chicken wings, and a portion of the rather irresistible Garlic Cheese Onion Rings (Usual price : RM5.80, but Add-On offer : RM3.80).
For those who have yet to sample their pizzas, they offer highly customizable pizzas. Choose your desired toppings from a choice of 16 (you can browse from their site), then your pizza crust; Classic Hand-Tossed, NY Crust, Crunchy Thin Crust, or Cheesy Double Decker (at an extra cost).
The pizzas came piping hot, evidently freshly baked from the ovens and kept warm in the delivery bag that they use. No complaints about the pizzas, but surprisingly lighter than Pizza Hut’s, and offering a breath of fresh air as an alternative to the latter’s pizzas. Even the grandmas nodded in agreement.
69, Jalan Medan Ipoh 1A,
Medan Ipoh Bistari,
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 1-300-888-333
Website : www.dominos.com.my
GPS Coordinates : E101 7′ 0.3″ N4 37′ 10.2″
Google Map to Domino’s Pizza @ Ipoh
(No extra charges for take away or delivery)
* Wait a minute. Were you expecting the story about the “Got Lost in Ipoh” part? Hehe …. okay here goes. Somehow, being the Delivery Experts that they are, the guy got lost and had to contact me for directions. No I am not being sarcastic, for I don’t blame him as he’s not a local and he apologetically explained to me. But kind of strange to be sending out a guy into the labyrinths of Ipoh’s residential area without proper signboards. If you’re an Ipohan, you know how ‘generous’ the local government can be when it comes to sufficient signboards and directions on the roads ….”