All images from this article, except the store photos, are from Jollibee España’s website.

This article is available in Spanish.

Jollibee’s first store in Spain is finally opening on Sept. 23. Last week, the homegrown fast food chain unveiled the design for its Madrid store for the first time.

With a dining capacity of 180 guests, the restaurant, which is located on Calle del Arenal in Puerta del Sol, features a double-height dining hall and a full-sized palm tree at the center.

“Our first restaurant in Spain will open with the new design we have created for our European locations, providing the welcoming space and caring service that is the hallmark of Jollibee. We hope that this new design will excite the Spanish public to come to our restaurants and try all that we have to offer,” said Dennis Flores, president of Jollibee Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia, in a news release in Spanish in June.

Along with the announcement last week, Jollibee España also revealed its menu with a “tropical twist” on its website. Ahead, we catalog the menu items of Jollibee España that you can’t find in Philippine stores, or even elsewhere.

Chicken Burgers

Chicken Burger — or Crunchy Chicken Burger as it was known in the Philippines — was first offered in local stores in 2011. It disappeared, however, in their menu, prompting light-hearted complaints on social media from loyal customers. Recently, a similar product called Chickenwich has been launched in the United States.

Jollibee España’s Chicken Burger has four different variations:

Chicken Burger

This option, which sits at the bottom tier, consists of brioche bun, crispy chicken breast, lettuce and garlic sauce.

Chicken Burger

Spicy Chicken Burger

This one, on the other hand, has “extra” crispy breaded chicken fillet (marinated with spices), lettuce and Sriracha mayo — all on a brioche bread.

Spicy Chicken Burger

Tropical Chicken Burger

This burger consists of crispy fried chicken breast, pineapple, cheese, lettuce and ginger chili sauce.

Tropical Chicken Burger

Double Chicken Burger

This is the “double version” of their regular Chicken Burger that includes two extra crispy chicken breasts, lettuce, garlic sauce and brioche bun.

Double Chicken Burger

Chicken Tenders

This is another item that is, unfortunately, unavailable in the Philippines. Jollibee España’s website advertises it as a “delicious and crunchy snack.” Customers can buy up to four Chicken Tenders per single order, and they can even dip them on a “salsa” of their choice (more on this later).

Chicken Tenders

Chicken Rice Bowl

This is a rather surprising item in their menu; it consists of chicken strips, rainbow salad, rice and ginger chili sauce.

Chicken Rice Bowl

Sriracha Chicken Fries

Sriracha is a popular Thai hot sauce. This item consists of their classic French fries, crispy chicken strips, Sriracha mayo (spicy mayonnaise) and chives.

Sriracha Chicken Fries

Salsas

Salsa is Spanish word for “sauce.” In this context, it’s not the same with its English counterpart — a hot, spicy sauce that’s popular in Mexican-American cuisine.

Jollibee España offers seven (eight actually, excluding gravy) sauces in its menu:

Salsa Buffalo (or Salsa Búfalo)

This is a classic dip for Buffalo wings, or chicken wings for the uninitiated.

Salsa Buffalo

Honey Mustard

This is also a popular sauce for chicken tenders.

Honey Mustard

Sriracha Mayo

This is a “tangy Asian-style hot sauce,” and it’s a great choice for fried chicken recipes.

Sriracha Mayo

Salsa Sweet Chili

This is “sweet chili sauce” in English, which is popular in some Asian countries.

Salsa Sweet Chili

Salsa Ginger Chili

In English, it’s the “chili ginger sauce.” It can be used as a “dip for finger foods of all kinds.”

Salsa Ginger Chili

Salsa de Ajo

This is the Colombian garlic sauce, which is a popular dip for snacks like patacones (fried green plantains), plantains chips and French fries among others.

Salsa de Ajo

Mayonesa

This is the Spanish word for “mayonnaise,” and it’s not served in local Jollibee restaurants.

Mayonesa

Based from the menu items above, it’s clear that Jollibee España has adapted its offerings to suit local tastes. But there’s one thing that they’ve forgotten to include: “cerveza.” Maybe soon?


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Arvyn Cerézo
Arvyn Cerezo (he/they) is the editor of La Jornada Filipina, an English- and Spanish-language news magazine in Manila. His work has appeared in various international news sites. He currently reviews science fiction and fantasy books for the trade magazine Publishers Weekly, and does reporting and commentary on books for Book Riot. You can find them on arvyncerezo.com.

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