When McDonald’s invited me to try their brand-spanking-new bespoke burger bar I said yes quicker than you could say two-all-beef-patties-special-sauce-lettuce-cheese . . . okay you know the rest. For starters who in their right mind would say no to a free feed? And besides I wanted to see if this new-look Maccas actually lived up to the hype. Early this year I was one of the first in the country to trial McDonald’s new Create Your Taste service (which is currently being rolled out at select restaurants throughout the country) so I was keen to check out the new concept of adding an open kitchen where you can sit and watch your burger creation come to life. I don’t know about you, but there’s something deeply satisfying about watching food being prepared – especially when it’s not me doing the preparing.

The new-look restaurant is being touted as the McDonald’s of the future and from what I can see the future’s looking rosy for fans of the golden arches. Auckland’s Greenlane restaurant is the first to be revamped and includes a lush living wall (yes truly!), the open-kitchen gourmet burger bar, an uber cool McCafe and FREE super-fast wifi – hallelujah!

The burger bar has added tasty new ingredients to its line-up and now it even offers a gluten-free bun, vege patties and Paleo burgers (sans bun and wrapped in lettuce). The McCafe looks uber cool and while I didn’t try it out, the new menu offers loads of healthy options that are right up my alley including smashed avocado on toast, corn fritters and free range eggs.

It’s safe to say that after taking my family on a recce of the new-look Maccas I’m definitely a fan (and no I haven’t been paid to say that). It gives me the convenience of a fast-food restaurant (when I need that) and the flexibility to eat exactly what I want, when I want – gotta love that right?

Take a look at a few of the snaps below from my recent visit and you’ll see what I mean.


Above: My 12-year-old enjoyed using the touch-screen kiosk to create his bespoke burger.



Above: McDonald’s has never looked so stylie.



Above: Watch your burger come to life before your eyes at the fab new burger bar.



Above: Refills of all your favourite sauces are on tap now – literally!


Above: Table service at McDonalds? You betcha!


Above: Create Your Taste is perfect for fussy eaters – no more picking off the pickles.



Above: The Brioche bun is my bun of choice while my son loves the toasted baker’s bun.



Above: Even the McCafe looks super cool these days.


Have you tried out McDonald’s new Create Your Taste burgers? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.