What The Hell, Japan. Long Island Iced Tea With Barbecue Ribs?
Japanese fast food takes a turn for the weird
In a move that has left us slightly perplexed, a Burger King franchise operator in Japan has started to offer a speakeasy-ish cocktail menu in three locations around Tokyo. Accordingly to the brilliantly named Burger Business, Mojitos and Pink Daiquiris will be available from 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. But only served with the broiled barbecue ribs plate. And only to 30 customers.
Priced at ¥980 or about $10, the Broiled BBQ Ribs are marinated and finished with a barbecue sauce flavored with celery, thyme, garlic, cinnamon and allspice. It is served with fries, thick grilled-onion rings, a small salad and a cup of pickles. If that’s not enough, diners can purchase grilled chicken patties for ¥200 or about $2 each.
Cocktails go for ¥450 or $4.58 at current conversion. The lineup includes a Mojito, Sky Diving, Long Island Iced Tea, Pink Daiquiri, Cuba Libre and a rum drink Google translates as “Ram and Back.” The Burger King stores already offer Heineken beer but the cocktails are something new for the chain.
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