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mcdonalds london

We checked out a number of new items as well as old favorites during a recent trip to London. The Big Tasty is our first stop, and here it is head-to-head with the classic must-try-in-every-country Big Mac:

mcdonalds london

mcdonalds london

While they look similar, the Big Tasty was a big disappointment. Very very dry and boring. The only thing true to the name was the Big part, as it appears to use the Quarter Pounder patty.

mcdonalds london

Blah. The spread looks like Special Sauce, but it was some sort of spicy mayo. It didn't help.

Moving on, they are big on chicken in London, with numerous wraps, sandwiches and salads all made with some variation on the fried chicken breast. Here, we check out the Chicken Legend - which comes in three varieties, BBQ Sauce, Cool Mayo and Hot & Spicy Mayo:

chicken legend

chicken legend

chicken legend

chicken legend

I tried the Hot & Spicy Mayo. As you can see above, it comes on an extra-wide bun and the fried chicken breast is huge. If I didn't know better, I'd say I was at a Burger King. The lettuce is the funky leafy kind, not my cup of tea. The mayo was flavorful. And no, I don't think it was the same mayo that was on the Big Tasty, which implies that McDonald's is racking up the types of mayo it's tracking for all these specialty sandwiches. Overall, the sandwich was decent. A bit dry but it did have the satisfying crunch one expects from a fried chicken sandwich.

london quarter pounder

london quarter pounder

We'll wrap up this review with an old favorite: The Quarter Pounder with Cheese. Just like in the States, this burger is meaty and delicious. It has just the right balance of toppings to make every bite remind you of the comforts of home - McDonald's home that is.

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