Rejoice Mandurah residents! Our fried chicken prayers have been answered with a shiny new Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant opening just off Pinjarra Road to bring the infamous 11 secret herbs and spices to town.
As a longtime fan of the Colonel’s Original Recipe who previously faced a headache of a drive just to get my finger lickin’ fix, having a bonafide KFC right in Mandurah is a game changer. No longer will we settle for subpar southern fried imitation chicken from takeaway shops! We can now feast on the OG trademark KFC flavors anytime with ease.
I eagerly stopped by the new location to see if the signature KFC experience translated flawlessly for this suburban outlet. Read on for my impressions on the new restaurant, along with hot tips for navigating the menu. Don your best bibs, Mandurah – happy days and full bellies are here!
First Tastes From My Recon Mission
As expected, the unmistakable aroma of herbs and spices tickled my nose as I walked through the doors on opening week. The bright red and white decor popping against dark walls immediately evoked nostalgic fast food vibes. While compact, the efficient layout facilitates easy ordering.
I went classic for my inaugural visit to benchmark the signature items:
- A Zinger Box with original recipe chicken tenders, chips, coleslaw, gravy and a can of soft drink
- Hot Wings Bucket loaded with saucy wings and nibbly bits
Those iconic flavors hit the spot instantly as I bit into the crispy golden tenders whose craggy batter cracked open releasing aromatic steam. The signature blend of spices consistently coats every bite while that ’11th ingredient’ – msg – heightens umami richness. No copycats come close!
As for the wicked wings bringing pleasing heat tempered by creamy ranch? My tingling fingertips told me Mandurah’s Colonels are keeping things authentically fiery and finger lickin’ good. This location certainly holds its own to satisfy my lifelong KFC cravings aplenty. Now onto why my fellow Mandurah residents need this restaurant in our lives…
More Than Just Another Takeaway Chicken Spot
With no shortage of independent fried chicken shops and takeaways dotting Mandurah, I know folks may wonder why they should give global mega-chain KFC a chance. Beyond my biased nostalgic cravings, there’s compelling reasons this new location fills a gap:
Convenience – Open late 7 days and strategically located takeaway-friendly along Pinjarra Road near the highway and both retail and residential zones.
Consistency – You know exactly what you’re getting quality and flavor-wise from a tried and true global brand vs hit-or-miss independent shops.
Value – Budget combo deals tailored for individuals and groups make KFC surprisingly affordable daily food. Family meal packs maximize savings.
Novelty – Fan favorite limited time offerings like donut chicken sandwiches, hot honey flavors and vegetarian options delight.
Nostalgia – From milestone childhood birthday parties to post-sport celebrations, KFC invokes happy food memories across generations of Australians.
Beyond product attributes though, the intangibles seal the deal for me. Through high school jobs or group trips after big nights out, KFC offers shared local experiences over meals that fast become meaningful moments.
Now Mandurah locals finally have our own centrally located hub to share those food memories starting in our hometown. Read on for how to make the most of your visit!
Your Mandurah KFC Checklist: Must-Try Menu Items
While I can and will happily eat anything served in the iconic buckets and cardboard boxes, these menu picks should top your to-order list for that signature KFC come-uppance:
The heart of KFC deliciousness with our secret herbs and spices codified into the ultimate comfort food meal paired with sides. Crispy outside, juicy interior chicken heaven!
Hot and Spicy Chicken
If you really want to test your limits, this amped up version marinated in capsicum and chilli seasoning sets mouths ablaze. Have milkshakes ready to cool down!
Bite sized nugget versions of the signature KFC chicken in a crispy popcorn-shaped shell. Addictively snackable and fun to pick at on road trips or sharing platters.
Wicked Wings Bucket
Choose your sauce – Inferno, Hot and Spicy or Louisiana Rub – then let the sticky and messy chicken wing feast begin!
Why decide between chips and chicken when you can have both in one glorious package? Gravy, cheese and chicken bits never tasted so right.
With signature staples like chicken fillets and hot wings covered along with novel mashups and sides, the recipe for KFC joy is complete. Now time to gather your mates and get feasting!