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Five Guys Malaysia opened its first outlet in Malaysia on October 25, just in time for the long weekend, as avid travelers made their way to Genting Highlands to escape from being stuck at home.
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However, early risers excited to try out a new burger shop were shocked when they arrived and found the restaurant wasn’t even open. Over the weekend, the business announced itself to be open at 10 a.m.
According to local instagramer Pearl Tan, customers were not given a warm welcome at all. Instead, they were greeted with a flimsy handwritten note stating that the restaurant will open at 4pm instead of its 10am opening time.
She noted that it was a huge disappointment for her and her friends who made the special effort to drive to Genting Highlands.
The fast food chain has since apologized and updated its opening hours on its social media.
The long night of waiting
For the Malaysians who arrived in the late afternoon for the burgers, they still had to endure a long wait. The queue for the new burgers began before the restaurant opened at 4 p.m.
Those who had the patience to stand in line for a chance to try the burger found that they really enjoyed the experience or found it to be a waste of time.
It was worth the wait and the money. this cheeseburger was a bomb! with pickles, grilled mushrooms, mayo and hot sauce. During the milkshake, I added chocolate and banana as a garnish. ??
Five guys, Genting Highlands pic.twitter.com/PyLfREcvlO
– Bawan MCO (@shazwan_r) November 1, 2021
I had Five Guys today, not sure when my wallet will recover.
Waited two hours in line with @lynfunkstar ??
Burger not so bad ah 7/10
So expensive fries for what? I don’t know either 5/10
With the queue and the price, first and last time lol pic.twitter.com/mYyg3ttByb
– Awesome Captain (@ emmagine79) November 6, 2021
Some have defended the burger chain, saying the prices are displayed on the menu to begin with. Some found the burger good enough to justify the long wait. Others found that the food did not meet their expectations and likely would not come back.
Azlyn, who visited the chain on November 6, noted that while the burger was decent and the price was understandable given its location, she would only return if she was in Genting Highlands again.
But I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat a burger there as there are a lot of equally good local options too.
Azlyn at TRP
A cheeseburger will set you back RM40, while fries start at RM20 for the small size. Milkshakes cost 25 RM, while regular mineral water will cost you 10 RM.
“Five Guys” fast food restaurant in Genting Highland.
Hidup di MY, tapi harga burger bukan harga MY.
Dah la gaji rakyat MY maintain RM1.2k, harga tiket fun fair & makanan asyik naik je.
Kesian rakyat marhaen, asyik kena buat 2,3 kerja while geng kayangan keeps exploiting us. https://t.co/QCVvj0AwjY pic.twitter.com/koexFzHBLr
– Gojira Rawrr (@adrujaMK) November 5, 2021
Some have argued that these inflated prices were to be expected given the chain is located in Genting Highlands, where prices are notoriously high, but others have suggested it was just another example of wage stagnation in the country.
Others cheekily mentioned that it might be best to support our own local burger restaurants, which are much more affordable and closer to home than Five Guys.
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