During the CNY period, my dad was enthusiastic enough to queue for the $10 Special Preview ticket of Universal Studios. Operating for 5pm to 9pm, we spent a good 4 hours exploring the theme park!
While the rides were not ready for operations yet, the sight of ongoing trial runs did make you want to come back for them!
Soveniurs shops, most snack counters and restaurants were already operational, and the best part? All eateries were offering a special preview combos in exchange for your ticket stud!
Loui’s NY Pizza Parlor
We spent our first two studs in a italian-themed eatery with cafeteria-styled serving. A preview combo consisted of a pasta or pizza, desserts or soup, and a soft drink. Looking at the ala carte menu, the items would definitely cost you more if not for the promotion!
Hawaiian Pizza, Beef Lasagne
The photo angle probably didn't show, but the pizza slice was really huge! Topped with chunky pineapples and ham slices, I liked the thin base with crispy edges. And since customer turnover was high, we got one that was pipping hot with melting cheese!
Served on a tomato base, the lasagne was not a wow but still pleasently tasty. You couldn't really go wrong with freshly-made stuffs!
Minestrone Soup, Walnut Chocolate Cake
I'm not a fan of minestrone soup, so this just served as a by-the-way thing for me. Walnut chocolate cake had the outsourced feel with flavoured cream and sponge. Should have went for the cheesecake instead!
Mel's Drive In
The other two studs was spent in a American diner completed with vintage cars and retro music players. The preview combo here consists of a fish or beef burger, a choice of sides and more soft drinks!
Thick-cut Fries, Cookies and Cream Dessert
Somehow I forgot to take photos of the burgers, which wasn't really a loss anyway. Nothing fanciful except its a tad bigger than your usual fast food burgers. Fries was thick-cut, salted, and most importantly, hot! I can't remember the exact name for the dessert, but it was really just cookies and cream with thin layers of cake sponge. Worked for me!
With more than a dozen restaurants serving up Pita Wraps, Japanese Dons, Dim Sum etc and even more snack stands everywhere, Universal Studios does have its fair share of interesting bites. Are you booking tickets yet?