Good Ol’ Happy Days, Taipan USJ: Blast From The Past

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I received a royal edict in the form of an SMS last Friday evening.

H.R.H The Queen has fallen ill and her majesty has requested for your presence at the launch of Good Ol’ Happy Days on her behalf.

Wow, I thought to myself. What an honour this is to represent her royal highness. And what’s more thrilling was that a car was arranged to chauffeur the recently dot com-ed Cumi&Ciki, The Nomad Gourmand and this insignificant monkey to the party all the way in Taipan, USJ. It was nice not having to balance my clutch through the notorious Friday traffic. Now, that’s what I call a royal treatment. What have I been missing all these while?

This newly opened and exciting American Bistro is more “Sunday, Monday…Happy Days” rather than “O’ Happy Day…” in concept. In fact its owners pretty much based it on the iconic Happy Days sitcom of the 1970’s. Something way beyond my time. Perhaps Ah Pa could enlighten us on characters like the Fonz, aay?

Now, stepping into this bright and cheery Good Ol’ Happy Days is like taking a step back into the past. Blue & pink neon signs, red & silver vinyl chairs, an authentic 1970 Holden, a jukebox, a few giant mirror balls suspended over the black & white checkered dance floor, and solid rock ‘n’ roll music playing in the background was all it took to bring us back a couple of decades. Remember to bring your blue suede shoes and do the twist. Even the food here reminisces of those served in good ol’ American diners, only here they come with superstar names like Little Richard Happy Days Mushroom, Aretha Franklin Southwestern Ceaser Salad, Beatles Cajun Chicken Burger, Tom Bosley’s Fonzie Pizza, Fonzie’s Happy Days Sundae and the list goes on like the Hollywood walk of stars.

At the glitzy launch, we were entertained by the Happy Days dancers, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself (see, Elvis never left the building!), and the Malaysian King of Limbo Rock who limbo through fire with a mask over his head at the height of a 1.5litres Coke bottle. How’s that for a showstopping launch?

Pop by Good Ol Happy Days is you’re ever in the mood to swing to music from the 60’s and 70’s, they have a ‘live’ band playing after dinner hours from Thursdays to Saturdays. Now that I’ve had a taste of how they partied in the old days, I got to agree when the older generation says that the youth of today missed out on the good times.

(Note: Special thanks to Marian for inviting us to kick back on a Friday night at the launch and for the transport too. I’ve always heard about your legendary events and I’m glad to experienced one myself. Also, I’m not too sure if it’s in bad taste to thank the Queen for falling sick. Guess I’ll just wish her highness a speedy recovery.)


Good Ol’ Happy Days
No. 55-A Ground Floor, Jalan USJ 10/1F
Subang Jaya (Taipan)
Tel: 03 8023 7229
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11am – 1am; Weekends 11am – 2am

12 Responses to Good Ol’ Happy Days, Taipan USJ: Blast From The Past
  1. ciki
    November 17, 2009 | 3:51 am

    wei, u were invited by marian of her own accord la.. not coz da queen fell sick :P what la u.. haha

  2. J
    November 17, 2009 | 3:57 am

    Elvis and yummy food? Interesting combination…. :)
    (*LOL* Don't lah thank poor Meena for falling sickkkk!)

  3. Lyrical Lemongrass
    November 17, 2009 | 5:51 am

    Hahaha…I'm sure you were invited NOT because I fell sick la, munkeyboy! Chis. Anyway, I'm up and about again, so we shall ber-dating soon, ok!

  4. 550ml jar of faith @minchow
    November 17, 2009 | 10:02 am

    What fun!! USJ is like no-man's land to me but this diner looks so well worth the trek into the wild! Now if only we can get chauffeured instead of braving the NPE ourselves…

  5. qwazymonkey
    November 17, 2009 | 5:27 pm

    Ciki: Hehe, need to tell a story mah. If not the post will sound like yours.

    J: Hard Rock comes to mind? LOL

    BFF: I've been waiting all these while to berdating with u!

    Minchow: I know what you mean. It's like a whole different planet eh? But do drop by if you are ever brave enough to discover uncharted territories.

  6. Nic (KHKL)
    November 18, 2009 | 5:41 am

    aiyoh, ppl are really getting more and more creative with food la. a baywatch theme cafe next please..hahaha! and plsssss la, u are a royal monkey already la. complete with golden banana as accessory. :D

  7. Life for Beginners
    November 18, 2009 | 6:58 am

    When retro is in again, that's when we feel real old. But waitaminute, wasn't retro in again, like, years ago? Isn't retro now like the 90's??? :P

  8. backStreetGluttons
    November 19, 2009 | 12:18 am

    What the Queen chaffeuers the Prince & Princesses to the happiest happy happy Royal bash , it must be the happiest tonight!
    For more are surely on da way …

  9. qwazymonkey
    November 19, 2009 | 2:28 am

    Nic: Isn't there a Baywatch bar/pub already somewhere in front of Dataran Prima?

    KM: I dunno about you, but I'm feeling young.

    BSG: Oh the queen doesn't drive us, she just sends a car over to pick us up. Was indeed a happy night

  10. thenomadGourmand
    November 22, 2009 | 3:03 am

    Ahh..if only they've got free flow milkshake too that nite!!! ;p

  11. Anonymous
    November 30, 2009 | 3:09 pm


  12. qwazymonkey
    December 1, 2009 | 1:38 am

    Anon: We didn't get to try things off the menu during the launch. It was buffet style, so it was hard to know what the they tasted like. Sorry to hear about your bad experience though.