Monday, July 4, 2016

McDonald’s Returns @ Marine Cove

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McDonald’s @ Marine Cove is open!

First opened in 1982, McDonald’s in East Coast Park held many fond memories for its customers like myself. I remembered the iconic McDonald’s to be the very first place I asked Kless out for a date. We were suppose to book a BBQ pit in East Coast Park but when we reached ECP, we realized the office was closed and that was how we took a long slow walk along the beach and finally ended up in McDonald’s for our first date meal and chat.

After 30 years of service and memories, McDonald’s @ East Coast Park was closed in 1982 for redevelopment of the Marine Cove area. 4 years have past and now McDonald’s is again back! Bigger and better!

When the invitation came for a media preview of the new place, I knew instantly I will not want to miss this special place. And we did the same thing again, almost 24 years ago.

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We crossed from Marine Parade underground to East Coast Park, and took a leisure 10mins walk to Marine Cove, just the two of us, like the old times.

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It’s hard to miss the huge logo even from afar.

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And when I say it’s bigger, I really mean much more space catered to families and anyone who wishes to hang around. The outside sitting space is well cooled by the ceiling fans and as we waited outside for the event, I didn’t feel a bit warm or hot.

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The re-opening of McDonald’s Marine Cove marks a milestone in McDonald’s evolution in Singapore. It will feature a salad and dessert bar, McDonald’s Signature Collection of premium burgers, soups and new sandwiches, along with family-friendly amenities such as wireless charging stations, an area to park prams, and a shadow wall for children.

For those who still remembers the old layout before the close in 1982, you will remember there was a Regent Bowl just right beside the McDonald’s outlet. It is exactly the same building, refurbished to house the row of new eateries including McDonald’s.

From this picture, you are able to see the slanted ceiling that used to be the ceiling for the Bowling Centre.

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The new McDonald’s restaurant spans 8.439 square feet, serve customers over six counters, including one McCafe counter and a Dessert kiosk, and seven self-ordering kiosks.

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One special feature at McDonald’s Marine Cove is the Google Cardboard viewers. It allow customers to experience virtual reality in a simple and fun way, bringing them on a 360 degree virtual tour so that they can experience the unique offerings that are exclusive to the store.

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Catering to the growing need for “power”, there are ample wireless charging stations located around the restaurant so that our mobile devices can be sufficiently charged all the time.

For Android users, just place your phone on the aircharge disc and your phone will auto charge (as shown on the right). For all other users, just pull out the cable disc and you will still be able to charge your phone too.

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So what can you expect in the new McDonald’s Marine Cove?

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The Salad Bar offers three different salad choices: Asian, Caesar and Classic Green. The Classic Green is available for $3.90, while the Asian and Caesar are available for $5.50 each. Customers have the freedom to further customize their salad, choosing from a range of add-ons, priced from $0.60 to $1.20 each.

Asian Salad (on the left)
Mixed salad greens tossed with cherry tomatoes, spiral pasta, corn kernels, and red apple slices topped with roasted sesame dressing.

Caesar Salad (on the right)
Iceberg and romaine lettuce topped with chicken fajita strips, shaved parmesan, chicken bacon bits, garlic croutons, and a drizzle of Caesar dressing.

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New range of soups will be available at the restaurant.

Mushroom Soup & Broccoli Soup, both are available for $4.50 each. I will vote for my favorite Broccoli!

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There are also a wide range of sandwiches for you. All ranging between $5.50 to $6.70 each.

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One of the main highlight for us was the Signature Collection of Premium Burgers. These will be exclusively available at McDonald’s Marine Cove.

Classic Cheese ($8.95 A la Carte)
The Classic Cheese burger features a deliciously seared Angus beef patty sandwiched between delicate slices of creamy cheese. Complementing the patty are juicy slices of tomatoes, sweet grilled onions and crispy smoky chicken bacon.

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Spicy Tortilla ($8.95 A la Carte)
Featuring a delectable Angus beef patty with a slice of melted cheese, the savory combination is enhance by creamy guacamole, crunchy tortilla chips, whole leaf lettuce, and sweet and juicy slices of tomatoes and onions. The burger is then topped with a fiery spicy sauce.

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Spicy Chicken with Apple Slaw ($6.95 A la Carte)
A crunchy and juicy chicken thigh meat is topped with peppery rocket and creamy black pepper sauce. This blazing combination is contrasted with a tinge of sweetness from the apple slaw.

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Our couple choice for the day.
Her – Spicy Chicken with Apple Slaw
Me – Spicy Tortilla

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Of course we didn’t end our meal without the sweet treats from the McCafe counter.

Affogato / Summer Delight / Belgian Liege Waffle with Avocado, Gula Melaka Syrup & Sundae

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Though we stay in the North, I am sure we will be back to this place very often.

McDonald’s Marine Cove
Opening hours:

From Sunday to Thursday and on Public Holidays, the restaurant will open from 6am to 12mn.
On Fridays, Saturdays, and eves of Public Holidays, the restaurant will be open 24 hours.

Marine Cove, 1000 East Coast Park Parkway, Singapore 449876

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