If you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating traditional Filipino food, you know that it’s comfort food at its finest.
That’s why it’s so exciting that a brand new Jollibee store has opened its doors at the corner of Yonge and Gould, just in time for the holiday season.
The chain — which started out as a modest ice cream parlour in the Philippines — is now an extremely popular fast food restaurant known for its delicious and creative dishes. The menu includes fun and familiar staples — with a jolly spin. Think spaghetti, fried chicken, burgers, and sweet-meets-crispy pie desserts.
Jollibee’s “aggressive expansion” is set to continue in 2021, with plans to have 300 stores across North America by 2024. For Toronto, that will mean new locations on Broadway, at Scarborough Town Centre, and in Toronto Centerpoint Mall.
You don’t need to travel across the world to try good fast food from the Philippines — just try these iconic Jollibee dishes when you visit the Gould location for the first time.
Fried chicken is incredibly popular right now, with so many countries having their own style and method. Jollibee’s method stands out by seasoning their chicken with a signature blend of spices, surely tasting unlike any fried chicken you’ve ever tried. Jollibee cooks their chicken to perfection, with crispy skin on the outside and juicy meat on the inside. Don’t miss out on their famous gravy either.
A Filipino birthday classic, the Jolly Spaghetti is a perfect example of the restaurant’s extremely fun culinary innovations. It’s made with a sweet-style red sauce, long al dente spaghetti, and sliced hotdogs. The entire thing is topped with lots of cheese, because of course it is. They say the longer the noodle, the longer life you will have — what a fun birthday dish!
This classic Filipino dish is another inventive use of the noodle. Jollibee takes premium bihon noodles (similar to thin rice noodles), and tops them with a tasty shrimp sauce, Chicharrón pork crackling, and egg slices. Palabok is a hearty and flavourful dish –traditionally served with lemon — and a fiesta for the tastebuds.
The Philippines has an abundance of sweet, fresh mangos, which inspired Jollibee to concoct this one-of-a-kind dessert. It combines a Western favourite — pie — with peach and the sweetest mangoes sourced directly from the Philippines. The filling is melt in your mouth delicious and the outside is perfectly flaky, making this dessert a Filipino icon.
Whether you load up on side dishes or indulge in a delicious main meal, it’s totally up to you!
For your visit to the new Gould location, social distancing is in full effect with available sanitizing stations — all you need to remember is your mask. Every staff member will be wearing one as well.
Other safety precautions include Jollibee staff undergoing regular temperature checks, monitoring the number of customers in the store, and cleaning the restaurant every hour.
Jollibee Yonge Street
Address: 334 Yonge Street, Toronto