Nottingham’s newest fast food restaurant Jollibee has landed slap bang in the city centre – and is gearing up for a flood of jolly customers on opening day. Jollibee openings around the rest of the UK have attracted lengthy queues before the doors have opened and the team behind the Nottingham restaurant suspect it will be a similar story here. The popular fried chicken brand – famed for its Chickenjoy – started in the Philippines, where there’s a branch on nearly every street corner and a cult following. 무료성인야동
The colourful, quirky restaurant – opening tomorrow (Thursday, December 16) at 10am – can be found in one of the city’s busiest locations, opposite Victoria Centre on the corner of Upper Parliament Street and Clumber Street. Spread over two floors, there’s room for 140 to eat in, with a mix of seating for individuals, couples and big groups of families and friends.
Or for anyone in a hurry there’s a brand new feature for the UK stores – a window opening out into Clumber Street for takeaways. On to the food, Chickenjoy, Jolly Spaghetti, and Yumburgers are described as a “joyous mashup of Western comfort food served with a tropical twist.” Spokeswoman Natasha Kaursland said: “There’s more than 1,000 in the Philippines – it’s part of their national heritage and there’s over 1,500 around the world.”
Nottingham is the brand’s ninth UK restaurant – the other eight opened earlier on during the pandemic, including one in Leicester. “It’s been really well received and the stores are doing incredibly well. We are expecting a big queue,” said Natasha. “There is often someone here in the middle of the night. People who have not been home for several years to the Philippines like to be first in line. It’s amazing to see how much love there is for the brand.”Chickenjoy at Jollibee
It’s not just the Filipino community Jollibee is out to attract, it hopes to appeal to all chicken lovers. Jollibee is best known for Chickenjoy, its juicy chicken with a crispy coating and a secret marinade, which comes in two or three pieces or a bucket with six, eight or 12 pieces – and just in time for Christmas, a new spicy Chickenjoy launched this week. Jolly Spaghetti is sweeter than Italian pasta, and is a medley of spaghetti noodles, ground meat, sliced hot dogs, and a sauce made from banana ketchup.
Also on the menu are Jolly Hot Dogs and Yumburgers, a cheeseburger with Jollibee’s special dressing, plus loaded fries, rice bowls and chicken wraps. There’s an array of chicken burgers, amongst them a tropical take with pineapple, bacon, and Asian ginger chilli sauce. Leonor Craig, of Carlton, who is originally from the Philippines, was so excited to try Jollibee she turned up a day too soon. She said: “I have lived in Nottingham for 38 years but I’ve tried Jollibee back home and it’s delicious. The chicken is crunchy and the spaghetti is nice.”
Despite obvious comparisons to a certain other finger lickin’ chain, Jollibee isn’t trying to be KFC but is staying true to its Filipino roots – and talking of messy fingers, it comes with a sink in the actual restaurant for diners to wash their hands. The chain was founded in 1978 by Tony Tan Caktiong in the Philippines. The son of Chinese immigrants, he built up his business from humble ice cream store beginnings, then later on expanded his offering to a selection of hot food. Each restaurant features a ‘heritage wall’ charting the company’s evolution. Famously, the late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain referred to Jollibee as the “wackiest, jolliest place on earth” in his hit CNN food and travel documentary show, Parts Unknown.