Review: McDonald’s Create Your Taste

Review: McDonald’s Create Your Taste

by Robert "Bob" Kienzle
Groove Korea (

With McDonald’s introduction of the “Create Your Taste” menu, it’s now safe to take a date to Mickey D’s spend over KRW 10,000 each, and not be seen as a cheap date.  After all, you’ll be dining on McDonald’s new promise of 100% pure Angus beef!

Thirty-nine McDonald’s in Korea are now serving fancied up “Signature Burgers” with participating restaurants in locations such as Sinsa-dong, Itaewon and Sinchon.  McDonald’s is currently promoting three special burgers for KRW 7,500 each: the Golden Egg Cheeseburger, Grilled Mushroom Burger, and the Hot All Over Burger.

But why let a fast food clown make adult decisions for you?  It’s much more fun to use the kiosk menu and create your own sandwich step-by-step.  Brioche or oatmeal bun?  Or a lettuce wrap for the paleo set?  How many Angus patties would you like?  Which four veggies, eight sauces, and three cheeses will you opt to add?  Want bacon, grilled onions, fried egg, and/or grilled mushrooms?  Have it your way!  (Wait a minute…Can we print that?)  It’s easy to make a gluttonous monster burger that’ll cost 10,000-15,000 won.

The good:  McDonald’s is really going hard for quality and attention to detail.  The staff provide table service to deliver your meal.

The not-so-good:  It’s still McDonald’s. The ambiance has not changed. Given the price increase the question arises: Why choose fast food? The KRW 15,000 for a jazzed up value meal could be spent for a more legitimate, sit-down meal.  Even with Angus beef, it’s still not the ideal date atmosphere.

Ambience: 2.5 (It’s McDonald’s!)
Food: 3.5
Service: 3.5
Value: 3.5
Score: 3

Address: 56-18, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul.
Thirty-nine  locations in Korea serving Signature Burgers. Check for locations.
Phone:  070-7017-0305

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