It is more difficult to find a A & W restaurant in Malaysia than other fast food outlets such as McDonald’s and KFC. Luckily I was able to find an A & W outlet while I was walking along Dataran Pahlawan mall in Melaka. The thing that I loved the most is the root beer – whether it is just plain root beer or with ice cream toppings, this beverage is always refreshing and delicious. Personally, I would rather drink a A & W root beer than a coke, ice lemon tea or other cold drinks available in any fast food chain.
I ordered a set meal consisting of a fish burger, fries and a root beer. The fish burger was unique as it has salad toppings, cheese and a large slice of sea weed inside. I liked it and it is better than the fish burger at McDonald’s. If I could recalled correctly, the meal set cost about RM12 ( up size on root beer). I have to wait for about 10 minutes after ordering as it is prepared fresh but it was worth the waiting time. The bun was moist and all the ingredients in the burger was very fresh. The meal was intended for an afternoon tea break and I really enjoyed it.
It seems that the A & W restaurant in Malaysia is not doing so well as compared to similar outlets in Indonesia. Over in Indonesia, most of the A & W outlets are big in terms of space; and I could see many customers patronizing the restaurants especially during lunch and dinner time. One of the popular food item over there is the fried chicken with white rice – rice is a staple food in Indonesia. I also liked the chocolate ice-cream and fries.
I think the pricing of food items in A & W are slightly more expensive than other fast food chains such as McDonald’s. It would be good if A & W could promote their meals more aggressively and provide better value meals to consumers.