Review: The 1955 Burger at McDonald’s in Fujairah

nce in a while, I will patronize a fast food restaurant for a variety of reasons; and as I was driving around Fujairah — a city located on the shores of the Gulf of Oman in the eastern United Arab Emirates — I saw a plethora of advertisements for the 1955 Burger at McDonald’s.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Despite it being in existence since 2011 in various locations around the world — but not in the United States, to my knowledge — I had never heard of this particular hamburger. I found myself in the Fujairah City Center mall located on the outskirts of town; and lo and behold, there was a McDonald’s restaurant located inside of it. I was hungry, so I thought I would try it.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The hamburger consists of a 100 percent pure all-beef patty topped with “fresh salad cuts” — another term for lettuce, I suppose — two slices of tomato, caramelized onions, beef bacon strips, “steak pepper” ketchup and a “creamy 1955 sauce”. Remember that food in the United Arab Emirates is typically halal; so no pork bacon for this hamburger — although I actually did find one place in Abu Dhabi where pork bacon could be found. I intend to reveal — yes, veal — that place in a future article.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Sixteen United Arab Emirates dirhams — are dirhams halal if they have “ham” in them? — and at least sixteen minutes later, I received my 1955 burger and unwrapped it.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

It looked okay, I suppose. Perhaps it tasted better than it appeared. I took my first bite. I was not really thrilled with it.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

I cannot explain what was the problem. The flavors did not seem to meld together harmoniously. Rather, they seemed to conflict with each other, creating an “off-taste” for the sandwich.

Perhaps the culprit was the beef bacon, which was not crisp. Maybe it was the bun, which was somewhat sub-par. For some reason, the beef patty did not taste like a typical hamburger from McDonald’s. I cannot really explain what was the problem; but I personally did not think that it was worth the approximate cost of $4.35. In terms of taste, I personally would rather have this hamburger despite its price tag of $14.00.

I also wondered to myself what exactly made this hamburger reminiscent of 1955. I was not even yet a thought in 1955 — I was born years after that — but when I think of a hamburger from that era, I think of it being wrapped in foil, juicy and thicker. A hamburger from the restaurant chain known as Johnny Rockets comes to mind — there are currently 15 locations in the United Arab Emirates and expansion plans are in the works  — and while that is not exactly my favorite style of hamburger, it is the type which you would want to have accompanied by a milk shake and fries with ketchup while Buddy Holly belts out That’ll Be The Day from the nickel jukebox at the table.

As for the 1955 Burger from McDonald’s: I would say that it should return to 1955 to be all but forgotten; but I suspect that the hamburger had never been there in the first place.

All photographs ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

2 thoughts on “Review: The 1955 Burger at McDonald’s in Fujairah”

  1. Levy Flight says:

    There is a really beautiful mangrove right there, on the UAE side of tje border with Oman. You can’t access without special permission but the guard might let you stand on the bridge over the tidal channel and watch the fish and turtles swim by. The Khor Kalba mangrove is only small but perhaps one of the most ecologically diverse on the peninsula. A real gem.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I wish I would have known about that before I went, Levy Flight. Thank you.

      By the way, here is a travel advisory which I personally verified: nearby Wadi Wurayah National Park is still closed for renovations; and there is no timetable as to when — or if — it will be opened again to the public.

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