Restaurant innabun

McDonalds probably gave their restaurants a makeover ages ago, but as I hardly ever walk past my nearest one, I utterly missed their redesign until today.

Put bluntly, it looks like a cross between a Costa Coffee and a Japanese noodle bar. But at least it looks like somewhere you’d want to eat.

To me, the old McDonalds felt like a school canteen, and therein lay the problem. A school canteen that serves burgers, chips and assorted unhealthy variations was brilliant. It was the safest rebellion you could possibly have, but rebellion all the same. Teachers, who favoured the salad bar at school, said McDonalds was bad. And that was all we needed to know.

But once the school canteen’s left behind, McDonalds seems a lot less appealing. Drab decor, dirty tables and everybody looking incredibly harassed and rushed. At least Pizza Hut was a bit more colourful.

The golden arches have been trying to rebrand desperately in the last few years, but nobody wants to eat salad in a school canteen. We’ve all got memories of Mr. Jones forcing you to stay behind and wipe the tables because you’d left the lettuce with your lasagne.

The healthier options may have been given a distinctly lukewarm reception, but at least the place no looks like somewhere a) you’d expect to serve salad and b) eat in without sitting on ketchup stains. Shame that wild horses still would entice me to bite into their food. Still, full marks for effort. Maybe when I’m a tad tipsy one night, I may stumble in and order a fillet o’fish in the belief I’ve just wandered into a sushi bar.


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