Recently a Burger King opened in Ronda, Spain, and being a lover of fine fast food dining it was only a matter of time until I ventured in to taste their best efforts. For two weeks I’ve been walking past their front door wondering if they are as good as Burger King in Germany, the UK, or even the USA.
I remember driving from France to Andalusia and stopping at a roadside Burger King in Madrid and being very satisfied, but Ronda is a smaller town and a lot can go wrong if customers don’t know what to expect.
Today’s attempt has left me feeling a little cheated, the restaurant looks great, all shiny and new, a couple of new flat screen TVs playing Spain’s equivalent of MTV, the walls tastefully decorated with posters offering enticing images of mouth watering burgers and happy people, it can’t get better.
Until you actually eat their food. Sheesh, the fries are limp, obviously not cooked in clean oil, and they’re unsalted, or if they are salted then only just enough to satisfy the kitchen people that their salt dispenser is being used.
The burger bun isn’t fresh, actually I take that back, they are fresh, but obviously sweated in the plastic bag because they have that overly moist feeling, and the cheese is barely melted. The bacon I had on my “doble cheese bacon burger” was obviously overcooked and left under a hot light to dry out further, not a good start. All this for the princely sum of 5.75€
Just to see if I was being unfair I peaked around the kitchen doorway, and witnessed to my horror the girl making burgers with her bare hands, no gloves, and at the same time handling a pencil to write on the paper wrapper. The bun and cheese were handled, whilst the meat was placed on the bun with tongs, but then the top one raised by hand so that the cheese could be inserted.
And then she wiped her greasy hands on a towel on the counter before closing the wrapper. I’m afraid after witnessing that I doubt I’ll be able to eat at Ronda’s Burger King again. Serves me right I suppose, I should just gone to a tapas bar. It would have been cheaper and more satisfying.