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Asian fast food restaurant Jollibee is coming to London and it might become your new favourite place to eat

Here’s what’s on the menu

Sarah Young
Thursday 18 October 2018 13:43 BST
Anthony Bourdain tries Jollibee in Manila, Philippines

Jollibee, Asia’s biggest fast food chain, is opening its first ever UK branch in London this weekend.

The restaurant, which will open on 20 October, will be located in a former Wagamama outlet in Earl’s Court and is set to be only the second Jollibee branch in Europe after one launched in Milan earlier this year.

The chain first started as an ice cream parlour in Manila in 1975. Today, it serves up a fusion of US and Asian-inspired dishes including fried chicken with spaghetti covered in a red sauce and loaded with slices of hotdog and ground beef.

Other things you can expect to see on the menu include Jollibee’s trademark Chicken Joy fried chicken, which comes with mushroom gravy and rice, as well as sides of mashed potato and fries.

Prices of meals have not yet been revealed but it is expected that they will be in line with those in US branches where chicken with rice costs $5.89 (£4.43) and chicken with spaghetti is $6.29 (£4.73).

While the menu might sound a little eclectic, foodies should find comfort in the fact that late TV chef Anthony Bourdain gave it a thumbs up.

During a trip to Manila to film scenes for his CNN series Parts Unknown, Bourdain described Jollibee as “the jolliest place on earth.”

The outspoken chef tucked in to the chain’s spaghetti with hotdogs and said that the dish was “deranged yet strangely alluring.”

A brand which has a devoted following in the Philippines, Jollibee boasts 1,200 stores worldwide and it is expected to launch a further 25 in Britain and 50 across Europe over the next five years.

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