If you drive down the Pattaya Central Road you will find a McDonald’s fast food restaurant where you can eat without ever having to leave your car. The drive through McDonalds is a common feature throughout the US, Canada and Europe and now hungry fast food fans in Thailand can enjoy the experience without moving from their car seat.
If you wish there is also a facility to park up and go eat inside the restaurant. It has seating facilities for 140 people on two floors as well as its drive through facility. There is even 20 car parking bays reserved for those who wish to eat in their cars. The idea to introduce fast food drive through facilities for McDonalds in Thailand was taken by the Chief Executive for McDonald’s in Thailand, Hector Chew, he has introduced a separate “McCafe” area for many of Thailand’s McDonald’s restaurants because he feels some diners just want to experience a coffee break rather than a full blown meal.
McDonald’s is particularly popular during its breakfast mornings in Thailand where diners can enjoy scrambled eggs, meat burger all served in a lightly toasted bun. Most diners enjoy a coffee without having to share the experience with other diners scoffing hot food and coffee bars are taking off across the western world with great popularity as indeed they are in Thailand.
The menu at the McDonald’s drive through is naturally essentially American or international in its style and among the favourite items enjoyed on the menu during breakfast is the hash browns. The delicacy is made from potato that has been diced and sometimes a bonding agent like egg is added. Then it is fried and served without looking too greasy or oil rich and has a delicious savory flavor to it.
The big difference of eating in your car is that you don’t have to break your journey or park up and leave your vehicle somewhere. It allows you to eat on the go and continue doing the other things you have in your agenda plus you can enjoy a quick meal in the privacy of family, friends or just on your own if necessary.
McDonalds now has more than 100 restaurants in Bangkok alone and the drive through facility in Pattaya is certainly the envy of other cities in Thailand. There are now over 36 drive through setups in Thailand that typically account for 30% of the sales of each restaurant with one. The food at the drive through is ordered by speaking into an intercom positioned on a pole and at window height.
In the Bangkok area the staff at Gogo florist are always keen to try and share new discoveries in their delivery area.