I had been so looking forward to Jollibee coming to the UK that I had cajoled the whole family to come with me and have some Chicken Joy and sweet spaghetti at this newly opened Filipino fast-food eatery.
So up we went.
From North London, we rode on a bus to Finchley and got the tube. After two train transfers we finally got to Earl’s Court, where Jollibee has opened. It used to be a Wagamama location.
It was easy to find Jollibee as very long queues of Filipinos from both sides can be found hindering doorways of nearby shops and restaurants/cafes.
We were gutted to find the long queues but to start with we were prepared to wait for a while.
To see how the restaurant looks more up close, I left the family to queue and have a look. There were bouncers at the door, very unusual for a fast food restaurant.
Then I heard someone whose ticket was being called.
Hang on, ticket? What ticket?!!!
I asked the bouncer “What ticket?”
He said I need a ticket to get in.
A more helpful Filipino in front the queue elaborated that only ticket holders can get in. When I asked where I can get the ticket, I was told that it was all gone as early as 8:30 in the morning.
This was dreadful.
Disappointment all around for my two grandchildren, their mother and father, my husband and most especially to me.
I did see the news that there were massive queues on the first day but did not expect that it would be the same a week post opening day.
Stacey, my daughter in law, had sent me a link that announces that Jollibee will stop the ticketing process and just serve on a first come first serve basis beginning today, 29 October.
Am I tempted to go back?
Of course I am but I will probably convince the whole family group to brave it out towards spring next year.
Hopefully, most Filipinos of London and UK have been sated with Chicken Joy by then! 🙂
Apparently, this London branch is only second in Europe. A Milan branch was opened earlier this year.