Marine Cove Mcdonalds: To Go or Not

You might have heard the news – The McDonalds at ECP is finally back and thats definitely good news to the East-Siders, especially so when the McDonalds here have their very own exclusive menu! Sure, its out of the way unless you’re going to the park for some cycling but when McDonalds have their very own Salad Bar and Desserts Bar, it definitely sounds interesting enough to visit, or is it?

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The Marine Cove McDonalds opened its doors last Saturday and its really quite a big place. Just like the old McDonalds, its got both indoors and outdoors seats. Sadly though, they’ve done away with their skate-through or bike-through counter which existed some time back, a long long time ago.

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In place, they’ve got loads of self-ordering machines which I couldn’t figure if its for the better or worst but if you’re ordering their exclusive menu, and it says OOS on the screen, you might want to check with the counter cause there just might be some discrepancies. (HINTS*)

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The entire indoors area was nicely lit, spacious and really comfortable. They’ve got the whole McDonalds’ menu here with 3 exclusive burgers – the Spicy Chicken with Apple Slaw, the Spicy Tortilla with Angus Beef ($8.95) and the Classic Cheese with Angus Beef ($8.95). I chose the Spicy Chicken cause Im not a beef eater and it was interesting to taste apples with chicken HAHA.

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Honestly, the Spicy Chicken with Apple Slaw ($6.95 ALC) smelled weird, probably cause of the apples. I actually expected the apple slaw to be some apple pie filling kind of sauce but it really meant like actual slices of apples inside, like huge slices of apples. HAHA. Its mayo-based and with the apples, its kinda a strong mix of sour and sweet.

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The spicy chicken was the good kind of spicy (probably the same chickens as the McSpicy ones) but the explosion of spiciness, sourness and sweetness in your mouth with crunchy apples and a whole lot of mayonnaise just felt slightly off. The melted cheese was heavenly though, but I ended up picking the apple slices out and eating them separately cause they tasted better that way. Oh and the buns were great- soft and fluffy. I was okay with the sauce but I guess its not the kind that EVERYONE will enjoy. Unless, you’re okay with creamy mayo, if not you can give this a miss.

Over here, you’ll find McDonalds’ very first Salad Bar in Singapore. Though it isn’t a new concept in Asia but it does look really classy. I love the glass panels, just makes everything looks so appetising.

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They’ve got quite an extensive menu and some exclusives here too. Do note that you can order some food from the main counter thats from the Salad Bar so there’s no need to double queue though you’ll still have to collect them from their respective collection points. There are some items that overlaps the menus so you might just wanna go to the Salad Bar to get your stuff like the mushroom soup instead of getting stuck in the main queue, like if thats the only item you wanna get.

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At Marine Cove McDonald’s Salad Bar, you’re allowed to “customise” your own salad. There’s 3 salads that you can choose from – The Caesar Salad ($5.50), The Asian Salad ($5.50) and the Classic Green Salad ($3.90). The Classic Green Salad is the customisable one that comes with just Iceberg and Romaine Lettuce, Corn and Cherry Tomato. Dressing choices includes the Roasted Sesame, Caesar and the Soy Sesame dressing. After choosing your dressing, you’re allowed to choose several Additional Toppings at $0.60 per serve or the Premium Toppings at $1.20 per serve.

Additional Toppings: Corn, Garlic Croutons, Cherry Tomatoes, Chicken Bacon Bits, Apple Splices, Spiral Pasta, Shaved Parmesan

Premium Toppings: Potato Medley, Chicken Fajita Strips, Sliced Avocado.

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I decided to just go for the ready made ones, The Asian Salad and The Caesar Salad, cause they already looked good enough!

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The Caesar Salad consisted of Iceberg and Romaine Lettuce, Chicken Fajita Strip, Shaved Parmesan, Chicken Bacon Bits, Garlic Croutons and a Caesar Dressing. Though it looks really simple, but it was pretty delicious. The dressing wasn’t too thick or milky and the Chicken Fajita Strips were really flavourful (Wouldn’t mind topping up more of these). The cheese and bacon bits enhanced the flavour of the salad well. I wasn’t expecting much from a salad bar in a fast food joint you know, but they’re yumzzz.

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The Asian Salad consists of the Salad Mix, Cherry Tomatoes, Spiral Pasta, Corn, Apple Slices and comes with the Roasted Sesame Dressing. Okay, the apples tasted so much nicer in a salad than in a burger… I’ve always enjoyed the sesame dressing from Macs’ Grilled Chicken Salad and spiral pastas in salads are pretty safe so I’ve really got nothing bad to say. Would be great if hard-boiled eggs were available as top ups and then it’d be so perfect!

Oh right, the mushroom soup and broccoli soup are available here at the Salad Bar too and you’re allowed to add spiral pasta ($0.60) in them. Cool huh?

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Well, if you’re not a salad kind of person, fear not cause there’s loads of sandwiches here for you to choose from. Over here, you can choose Add Ons for your sandwiches as well. You can select the Garlic Croutons, White Cheddar Cheese, Nacho Cheese, Spinach, Wild Rocket and Mushrooms at $0.60 per serving and Chicken Mayo, Egg Mayo, Chicken Fajita Strips and Chicken Ham at $1.20 per serving.

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There’s two sandwiches on the extended McCafe Menu featured here – The Cheesy Mushroom, Tomato and Onion on Ciabatta ($5.50) and The Chicken Ham, White Cheddar Cheese, Egg and Wild Rocket Sandwich ($5.90). Only managed to try the latter. Although a little burnt, but the thick ham slices saved it. The bread was crunchy but too dry to my liking. Taste wise, it doesn’t differ much from our regular egg muffins, which isn’t really considered bad right? But isn’t exactly that delish either.

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No meal’s complete without desserts and McDonald’s knows this well enough. Other than the usual fare of muffins and cakes, McDonald’s introducing every one to their very own kind of Belgian Waffle desserts!

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If you’re a fan of avocadoes then you wouldn’t mind trying McDonald’s new Belgian Waffle with Avocado, Gula Melaka Syrup and Sundae. Its priced at $6.50 and comes with our childhood favourite, the long-lived vanilla sundae, drizzled with a touch of Singapore’s flavours, the Gula Melaka Syrup. I was surprised how the syrup goes well with the avocadoes. However, the icecream’s a tad too sweet especially with all the syrup on it. The waffles’ taste and texture leans more towards a donut and a sticky bread, not the fluffy kind, so you might get sick of it real fast if you’ve got no one to share this with.

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Another waffles that you might wanna try out would be the Belgian Waffles with Mixed Berries and Sundae, priced also at $6.50. I’d much prefer this, though its not as special, just cause I don’t eat avocadoes. Anyway, I love mixed berries cause they’re like just the right amount of sweet and sour. I would much prefer this to strawberry sundaes! However, for someone who’s drinking 30% sugar level milk teas, this is still too sweet to finish and yeps, waffles’ too firm and thick. Though so, its still nice to have some reasonably priced ice cream waffles after a hot day or for late night suppers. Thank you Macs!

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And lastly, one of my favourites, the Affogato ($4). Classy name it has but its actually just Vanilla Sundae drowned in an Espresso. Its really nice though to have this in Singapore, like finally, since the McDonalds in other countries have been serving this “adult’s kind of ice-cream” N years ago. Enjoy every mouth of this chilled sweet sundae with the slight bitterness of fragrant coffee. Missing it already!

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By now, you might be wondering what’s the purpose of a Desserts Bar when the Salad Bar sells, well, everything. The Desserts Bar does have its own exclusives too and that includes customisations. Over here, you can choose your base desserts, the Summer Delight – Sundae with Chocolate Drizzle with Cornflakes and Mixed Berries in a Waffle Basket ($5.50), Adventure in a Cone – Vanilla Ice-cream with Coconut Shavings and Strawberry Sauce in a Chocolate Cone ($3.50), a Strawberry Sundae ($1.50) or the McFlurry ($2.50). Next, customise your dessert by choosing from a total of 17 toppings, with the four premium toppings being the Chunky Purple Potato Sauce, Coconut Flakes, Mixed Berries, Reese’s Sticks. I wonder how the potato sauce taste like but sadly, wasn’t able to get any cause they closes at 11pm daily!

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Other than the wide range of food choices, the McDonalds at Marine Cove have a wireless charging station where you can charge your devices and enjoy your meal at the same time. Furthermore, they’ve got a shadow wall which you’re not gonna be able to resist dancing ridiculously at for at least, erm, five seconds. HAH.

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I didn’t get to try the Gula Melaka Swiss Roll cause its sold out real fast. Let me know if its worth going down again to try. And just in case you didn’t know, the Marine Cove McDonalds isn’t opened 24 hours daily.

Marine Cove McDonalds Operation Hours
Sun to Thurs and Public Holidays: 6am-12mn
Fri to Sat and Eve of PHs: 24 Hours

Oh right and if you’re here for Macs, don’t forget to visit the 3500 square feet playground which consist of some pretty tough obstacle course.. or maybe Im just getting too old to climb around cause the kids seemed to be running along the tunnels fearlessly.

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Its okay if you hate climbing but you should really sweat out before eating those calories at Macs and they’ve got these machines here to help you do it – the NEOS Machines.

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Yeps, these machines work pretty much like a free arcade game. You can select either a one player or two player game and choose from the 8 kinds of games available. According to the game you select, lights will flash on the machine and you’re supposed to tap them to get them ceased.

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Challenge your friends and see who’s the faster one by choosing the 2P mode and take one color (either red or green) each . By the time you complete 8 rounds of chasing and tapping the lights, as fast as you can, you’ll probably end up drenched in sweat. BEST EXERCISE MACHINE EVER. AND ITS FREE. HOLLA.

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VERDICT: ITS HARDLY GONNA BE WORTH YOUR HUGE EFFORT OF TRAVELLING DOWN FROM THE WEST TO THE EAST JUST FOR THE FOOD.. BUT IF YOU’RE IN THE EAST, THEN FIND A WEEKEND TO VISIT. IF NOT FOR THE MACS, AT LEAST HAVE SOME FUN AT THE FREE EXERCISE ARCADE MACHINE. AND BY THEN YOU’LL BE DYING FOR SOME ICE-CREAM ALREADY.

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Oh and of course I’ve tried the Salted Egg Chicken Burger and OMG ITS TERRIBLE! Gonna go for Apple Slaw over Salted Egg ANYTIME though Apple Slaw isn’t that fantastic either. But how can salted egg ever taste custardy, sweet and milky and eew. -.- Still loving my spicy nuggets and twister fries! Banana pie tasted fine, like goreng pisang. Wished they’d consider bringing the Pink Choco pie from Thai Macs over SOON…. As for the Gula Melaka Mcflurry, it actually tasted pretty nice, to my surprise. A little too sweet towards the end but I love the cake bites.. Its like eating pieces of kueh lapis. WEES.

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