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Filipino fast food chain Jollibee opening in Toronto

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Filipino fast food chain Jollibee opening in Toronto

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[QUOTE]For anyone familiar with the cuisine of the Philippines, this is big news: Jollibee, a Manila-based fast food chain that's widely seen as the country's answer to McDonalds, is planning to open a restaurant in Toronto. The company, which already has about 30 stores in the U.S., has chosen Toronto for their first Canadian store, with their CFO saying they hope to be open here within the year.[/QUOTE]

I have a feeling ilovejaneandfinch is gonna love this. :cheesygri

The Aloha burger on Joillibee's menu might give Fresh Burger a run for their money too :-0
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I hope they open it in a Filipino area and not in the centre of downtown.
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What are they known for?

What's are some must-try items on the menu?
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DJ_Peanuts22 wrote: What are they known for?

What's are some must-try items on the menu?
If they offer "Mix-ins" here, Dairy Queen might have some new competition.

"made with real Hershey's Kisses" is one of their choices:

[IMG]http://outoftownblog.com/wp-content/upl ... ix-ins.jpg[/IMG]




Breakfast looks good with their "Pancake sandwich".

[IMG]http://www.jollibee.com.ph/wp-content/u ... aero-2.jpg[/IMG]

I think they're also going after Wendy's with their "Cheesy bacon Mushroom Champ" burger. I wonder how it'll compare...

[IMG]http://www.jollibee.com.ph/wp-content/u ... slider.jpg[/IMG]
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Now it's probably a matter of time until Lotteria comes here lol
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It's all about their fried chicken, Chicken Joy!

It's the only local fast food franchise to outsell McDonald's in any country that has a McDonald's in the world. Legit!
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kaioshinkidd wrote: It's all about their fried chicken, Chicken Joy!

It's the only local fast food franchise to outsell McDonald's in any country that has a McDonald's in the world. Legit!
Not the only one actually, Lotteria also outsells McDonalds in South Korea.

But of course it's not like Lotteria isn't special either... Its basically just a mcdonalds jr that also sells chicken and has mostly gimmicky burgers.

I've heard of Jolibees and will definitely try their fried chicken which they seem to be known for the most
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I failed to state locally founded anyway, so your comment is still true. Lotteria does outsell McDonald's in South Korea, but it was founded in Japan.

Either way, also worth a try, never seen it when I went to Japan, been there 4 times in the last 2 years.
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The burgers are good when I had them in NYC, not so much when I was in the Philippines. They have good combos like chicken and spaghetti lol. I think it would do well if it opened up around Bathurst/Wilson area but not downtown.
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TSDH wrote: From http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2015/03 ... n_toronto/



I have a feeling ilovejaneandfinch is gonna love this. :cheesygri

The Aloha burger on Joillibee's menu might give Fresh Burger a run for their money too :-0
do they freshly grind their meat on site?
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JAGpilot wrote: I hope they open it in a Filipino area and not in the centre of downtown.
Is there such an area? I find that Filipinos are scattered all over Toronto.

Meh, I don’t see what the big deal is. It’s a fast food place that serves NA style fast food. I can see it getting a lot of business due to the high population of Filipinos in GTA, but is this anything special? I doubt it. It’s like opening a Manchu Wok in China.
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joeyjoejoe wrote: Is there such an area? I find that Filipinos are scattered all over Toronto.

Meh, I don’t see what the big deal is. It’s a fast food place that serves NA style fast food. I can see it getting a lot of business due to the high population of Filipinos in GTA, but is this anything special? I doubt it. It’s like opening a Manchu Wok in China.
My area (Bathurst and St Clair) and pretty much all of Bathurst Street going north into the Jewish area is heavily populated by Filipinos. I don't know of anywhere else with an established community that can support as many small Filipino businesses.
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Piro21 wrote: My area (Bathurst and St Clair) and pretty much all of Bathurst Street going north into the Jewish area is heavily populated by Filipinos. I don't know of anywhere else with an established community that can support as many small Filipino businesses.
Would they be bold enough to open up right next door to Harvey's? Or close by? (there's space for lease on Vaughn road, next block over...)

You know what would be really smart? Making their Pancake sandwiches available all day!! That would set them apart from places like McDonald's, which continue to refuse to offer all day breakfast.
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joeyjoejoe wrote: Is there such an area? I find that Filipinos are scattered all over Toronto.

Meh, I don’t see what the big deal is. It’s a fast food place that serves NA style fast food. I can see it getting a lot of business due to the high population of Filipinos in GTA, but is this anything special? I doubt it. It’s like opening a Manchu Wok in China.
Their burgers are meh, they are from frozen patties I'm sure. Nothing special. They have Filipino style Spaghetti and also noodles called Palabok. The Spaghetti they sell in the US is catered for North American palettes so it isn't as sweet back home. I actually don't like the North American version, but I agree it is too sweet, it just worked back home. Palabok is different from the typical Palabok you'll get at a Filipino restaurant, they have their own twist since it is fast food. It's noodles with a savoury sauce, with shrimp, egg and crushed pork rinds as toppings.

The fried chicken is the biggest story, I went to Singapore 2 years ago and by chance I was at a mall where the first Jollibee opened up in Singpapore. I didn't eat there, just was walking around but it was a 3 hour wait at 3PM in the afternoon, and they had to limit the Fried chicken to 3 pieces per person. They had to use an empty unit beside the Jollibee to accommodate the crazy long line up. People did not care waiting 3 hours for 3 pieces of chicken.

If I wasn't moving back to the Philippines in April and stayed in Toronto, I would stay away from Jollibee for at least 6 months, the line ups will be insane. When Max Chicken opened in Toronto, you couldn't get a seat initially (on weekends it's still ridiculous) and Jollibee just dwarfs Max Chicken in the Philippines.

My Fiancee who lives in Japan currently, would pay $30 in Japan (2500 yen) at a shady Filipino restaurant for a soggy 2 piece box of Jollibee Fried Chicken since someone just smuggled it with them on a plane. It costs $2.50 back home. We have eaten at $250 per person restaurants in Tokyo and have had the best Japanese fried chicken (karaage) in Tokyo, but that taste of Jollibee is still what she craves.

I could careless for the rest of their menu, it's about the Chicken, the Spaghetti (in the Philippines, North American one is gross) and the Palabok.
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kaioshinkidd wrote: I could careless for the rest of their menu, it's about the Chicken, the Spaghetti (in the Philippines, North American one is gross) and the Palabok.
Their pancake sandwich still sounds good. Their burgers deserve a chance, and it looks like they will have a good dessert choice to compete with DQ.
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So this is a copy of McDonald's. What is so special about it?
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carmaster wrote: So this is a copy of McDonald's. What is so special about it?
I wouldn't say McDonald's. More like an effort to copy Wendy's (for at least one of their burgers)
They also deserve credit for variety in their menu.
I'm anxious to learn how they'll compare to DQ...even though they might simply be on par with a McDonald's Mcflurry with their Mix-ins.
As I've already said, their smartest move here would be to offer breakfast all day (or at least the pancake sandwich)
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I don't believe they have the pancake sandwich available in the US locations. I went to the Vegas and LA Jollibee's and they don't carry them. The menu will differ in North America and maybe even in Canada since this will be their first Canadian location.

Their breakfasts consist of rice dishes, like a hot dog, beef tapa (sweet beef, almost candied), burger steak or corned beef with rice and an egg. The rice may sometimes be fried in garlic, so garlic fried rice. Also the website says its only available till 11AM.

Their American menu currently is very limited: http://jollibeeusa.com/menu.html

I doubt they will divert from it too greatly.

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