We have some of the big companies to thank for pulling in major food brands. Breadtalk did a fine job with Ding Tai Feng and Carls Junior, and while I'm still waiting for someone to revive A&W or bring in the insane Fatburger, Kopitiam has made Wendy's landed on our shores!
The first branch opened with much fanfare at Lau Pat Sat, I was there on a friday noon and managed to just beat the lunch crowd. Queues were snaking with only two counters and indoor seating capacity was rather limited, the whole area is only about all that you see with a narrow corridor on the other end.
French Fries, Baked Potato with Broccoli and Cheese
Out of habit, I popped some fries into my mouth first and was stunned, unpleasantly. It was lukewarm with harden coating and dry, coarse fillings. Honestly, I couldn't remember when was the last time I had lousy fries but well, here it was.
The other side dish was so much better with a hot fluffy whole potato poured over with thick cheese sauce and pieces of broccoli (They could be more generous with the broccoli though). Makes a real filling snack on its own!
Fish Fillet ($6.25 with drink and fries), 1/2 Pound Double with Cheese ($7.85 likewise)
Girlfriend thought that the fish fillet was alright with juicy fillet and soft toasted bun, decorated simply with lettuce and tartar sauce.
My 1/2 pound was well, a total disappointment, and it all boiled down to its uninspiring beef patties. Dry, tough and almost tasteless, it became quite frustrating to chew on after sometime. Come on, I'm sure Wendy's didn't rule in America with this kind of patties! Where's all the juiciness you rant about in the posters?
Maybe it wasn't a good idea to come in at non-peak timings (an hour before 12 noon) after all, my theory is that the slow turnover left the fries hanging stale for quite sometime, same goes for the pre-cooked patties. Peak hours will probably prompt fresh batches of the items. A quick check on the US website shows that Singapore has trimmed down the menu quite abit too.
Honestly, the burger experience was so bad that I stubbornly went for CJ the following night, just to feel a good fast food burger again. Give Wendy's another shot? Well.. I don't see one coming any soon!