On a recent trip to Egypt, my tour guide told me that I had to try the McDonald’s in Egypt. He raved about the fast service and the large portion sizes, which to me, seemed pretty typical of any McDonald’s I’ve ever been to. Yet, I’m always curious about the menus of McDonald’s around the world, so I happily obliged to eat McDonald’s for lunch while in the cultural hub of Luxor, Egypt.
I enjoy eating at fast-food chains around the world. I especially love how McDonald’s adapts its menu to the country. I know, I know: why eat at a chain restaurant when you’re in a place with such delicious cuisine as Egypt? But I couldn’t help wanting to compare the McDonald’s in Egypt to others I had been to — and sometimes you just need a burger.
I knew that McDonald’s Egypt offered a McFalafel, so I was keen to order that
I walked into McDonald’s in Luxor expecting falafels and hummus or a kebab-style burger, but the menu was, in my opinion, surprisingly limited. I searched for something unique to jump out at me. Only a Strawberry Custard Pie and a Fajita Barbeque Burger stood out.
To my surprise, a Mega Mac, complete with four patties and three burger buns, was offered as an “upsize” for 64.91 E£ ($3.62 USD). This came as a major throwback after McDonald’s US phased out the Supersize option in 2004. Despite the Mega Mac being too large for my hands to hold, I passed on ordering it as I wasn’t hungry enough to devour a burger of that magnitude.
Another thing I noticed on the McDonald’s Egypt menu is that it offered all of the originals (Fillet-O-Fish, McChicken, Quarter Pounder) in a double patty size
I opted out of trying the Fajita Barbeque Burger. A friend of mine who ordered ahead of me was currently taking a bite of it and said that it was nothing special. He seemed unimpressed.
With nothing special on the menu that stood out to me, I stepped up to order a single patty cheeseburger. The employee behind the counter was quick to say no.
“Only double for you!” he said.
I thought he was joking. So I re-ordered a single patty cheeseburger.
“No single patties here,” he said, more serious now.
Holding up the line, I asked the girl who ordered before me if she was able to order a single patty burger. She said no and that the employee gave her the same response.
Perplexed, I order a number two combo: a double Quarter Pounder with cheese for 84.20 E£ ($4.70 USD) and threw in a Strawberry Custard Pie for 14.46 E£ ($.80 USD). I might as well go big.
My order was called and I bounced to the counter to pick it up. Not only was the burger enormous, but the fries and drink both came as a large.
Thinking back on my conversation at the counter, I wasn’t given an option to order small fries or a small drink. Everything was supersized without me asking for it.
Just when I thought everything was bigger in the US, McDonald’s Egypt showed me otherwise
Famished after a morning of sightseeing, I inhaled the double Quarter Pounder without a thought in my head about its large size. It hit the spot.
I moved on to the Strawberry Custard Pie and savored it because it was delicious. It had a super crispy crunch on the outside, and it oozed a tasty strawberry jelly and vanilla custard. Personally, I prefer it to the classic apple pie and will be impatiently awaiting its appearance on the McDonald’s US menu.
After leaving that particular McDonald’s in Luxor, I was curious what the Egyptian menu looked like online
Are single patty burgers not a thing in Egypt? According to its online menu, it does sell single patty burgers.
My guess is that this particular McDonald’s might have been trying to get rid of overstock in burger patties. But that doesn’t explain why a single patty burger wasn’t an option on the written menu behind the counter. It’s possible it varies by individual location.
McDonald’s Egypt tastes every bit as good as it does in other places around the world, with its fast service and tasty meals leaving me satisfied. As expected, the ice cream machine was broken the day I visited — something to get used to no matter where you are in the world.