May 30, 2019

The Return of Popeyes in the Philippines

It has been almost a month since Game of Thrones aired its very last episode and until now I’m grieving that I will never get excited about Monday like I used to. Call it whatever you want but I am that invested in that show like I was with band of Brothers, and I will not be sorry for being so. What do I usually do when I’m stressed or sad or feeling under the weather? I eat.

I know it’s not the best way to deal with a loss (hahaha I’m serious about this) and I might be projecting a little bit but that’s my coping mechanism. Anyhow, that morning I can’t really eat properly even if we ordered heavy breakfast at the place where we watched GOT for the last episode of the final season. I was too engulfed with what I was seeing on the screen and was cradling mixed emotions because of how the show ended.

Equally confused/happy were my two friends who are great fans of the show and the books. They agreed that we need to discuss what just happened and exchange thoughts and share feelings (which are the real good ways to deal with a loss hahaha). And of course it’ll involve food. I suggested we try the newly-opened Popeyes in Arcovia, Pasig City. After all, fried chicken and spaghetti are comforting food right?

In 1972, Popeyes was founded in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. 40 years later, it still distinguishes itself with a unique New Orleans style menu featuring crispy, fried chicken bursting with original flavours. Now, it’s one of the world’s largest quick service chains with more than 3,000 branches worldwide.

I was able to try Popeyes when I was in my late elementary up until high school (if that’s not a giveaway of my age, I don’t know what is). One time, I even got scolded for going to their EDSA Central branch with my childhood friends without my parents knowing. I can’t really remember what I would usually order but what was embedded in my brain’s gustatory cortex is the taste of the biscuit with honey. So I was ecstatic to learn that Popeyes will be opening again in the Philippines after its closure in 2007. Now they say it’ll be better.

After we watched GOT with sadness in our hearts, we trekked to Pasig from BGC to line up to Popeyes . It was just 11:00am and the line wasn’t that long unlike the past few days and probably because t was on a Monday. We got in, in less than an hour. It would have been less if it wasn’t for the oldies behind us who created a scene. I mean they should have known what they have gotten themselves into when they decided to line up. As it is usual for popular brands to have long lines during the first few weeks of opening.

The place is well lit, with orange color schemes and a lot of murals on the walls. I felt like I wasn’t in Manila when I stepped in, plus the area is quite remote and there aren’t many structures around except for the Starbucks and Lander’s. We were also able to get seats in less than 10 minutes.

The menu was comprehensive and ordering is easy just like with any other fast food restaurants. They will give you a number and announce your number via a PA system and then you’ll have to claim your orders at the counter. So these are what we ordered:

C2 Two Piece Chicken – Popeyes chicken with rice and soda

T4 Two Piece Tenders – Popeyes chicken tenders with spaghetti, 1 piece plain biscuit and soda

T3 Two Piece Tenders – Popeyes chicken tenders with regular Cajun fries and soda

Box of 3 of Plain Biscuits – Popeyes’ version of a Southern USA buttermilk bread with sachets of honey

Box of 3 of Assorted Biscuits – Popeyes’ version of a Southern USA buttermilk bread with honey, hazelnut and white chocolate drizzles

Cajun Rice - spicy and flavorful rice dish made from white rice and finely chopped chicken livers and ground beef or pork

The coating of the chicken was crispy and the meat was tender and juicy. As for the flavor, it was ok. I can’t really tell if there’s a Cajun or Creole flavor in there. The spaghetti was sweet and sour, probably catering to the Filipino palate. The Cajun fries were ok but could use some more flavoring. They weren’t   crispy as I wanted them to be. The Cajun rice though hot the bull’s eye with it smoky flavor with a little kick of spiciness. As for the biscuits, I still like it plain. The taste of their biscuit with honey was so nostalgic for me, it was the same taste that lingered for years. I love it then and I love it still.

All in all, my friends and I enjoyed our stress-eating trip to Popeyes. I’m glad that Kuya J’s Group of Restaurants are planning to open a lot of branches all  over Metro Manila which will then decongest the number of people lining up at the Arcovia branch.

Arcovia City, 9 Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave.,
Ugong, Pasig City

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
Popeyes Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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