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