I once again confirmed my worst suspicions that I should only visit those golden arches when I need the toilet or a cup of good coffee. (Because, bizarrely enough, a cup of ordinary McD java is surprisingly tasty….)
Anyway, back to yesterday. After an intense afternoon of play, eating cinammon buns and looking at clothes, we were on our way home from friends. And the road just happened to pass by an MFDs. The kids had their radar switched on and realized that Sir Pe and I were tired – and, therefore, less resistant.
“Can we have some chips, please?” they ask in unison.
“I’m not going to cook when we get home,” I say. “Are you?”
Sir Pe shakes his head. (As you can tell, we are Mr. and Mrs. Domesticated!)
So, we swing into the car park and enter the place hole restaurant. A very young girl is standing next to the till. You can tell she is a newbie because she still has healthy skin and glowing hair. Not the more normal spotty face and greasy hair that comes from standing over fried food all day long.
We scan the menu – doesn’t seem to be any vegetarian food… The kids decide to go with fishburgers. (When no vegetarian option is around, we can make do with fish.)
We see that the Happy Meal give-away is a book. (Now that is a stroke of marketing inspiration!)
“Two fishburgers as a Happy Meal. With apple juice and carrots and apples, please.”
“We don’t do fishburgers as a Happy Meal.”
“Er.. ok. What about beanburgers?”
“Don’t do veggie food.”
My bullshit detector is going mad. “Are you trying to tell me that only people who eat meat can have a Happy Meal?” I splutter.
“Yes,” she chirps happily.
Very sweetly, I say, “Well, I’d like to speak to your manager, please.”
The manager appears – can’t be more than 19 herself. Yes, they do fishburgers as a happy meal – and even beanburgers. But by that time, the fishburgers have been cooked and put on our trays. A third person comes along and helpfully mixes up the food in the bags so that we don’t have the right number of anything.
Meanwhile, the long queue behind us is getting restless.
So, we make do and sit down. Oh – the horror of the soft white bread – so tasteless! – and the fish thingy looks like compressed diapers covered in breadcrumbs. Most of the food remains uneaten.
- MFDs does vegetarian food, but cannot be bothered to waste space on the menu to let people know.
- The food is pretty tasteless. Better to stick with the coffee.
- One of the world’s most successful chain of restaurants obviously cannot afford to pay for a good training course for some of Sweden’s worst paid employees.
It’s not only the food that leaves a bad taste in the mouth.