Joy Ride | Foodie Review

"I'll have banana splits for breakfast, please." Today I'm going to share with you my experience eating at Joy Ride, where all the retro diner vibes come to life. Welcome back to another foodie review and for this post I'll take you back to retro years; the era where colorful Cadillacs, glowing jukeboxes, psychedelic neon light signs, and playing vinyls were considered normal everyday things. Joy Ride is located at The Boulevard on Level 1, just beside Studio City's newest attraction: The Dinosaur Hunt. Once you get in the gates near the big Studio City sign, it's very hard to miss. And you know me, the moment I've heard about this diner, I knew I had to do a foodie review right away! Keep scrolling to see more of my thoughts about their food, designs, interiors, etc. I also went in total "retro-mode" that I made a makeup tutorial of my look that day. Tutorial down below! 

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Truth be told, Joy Ride scores a total of 5 out of 10 for me. It may seem low compared to the hype I was giving it in Instagram and Facebook, but you'll know in a minute as to why I decided to do so. As mentioned above I would be reviewing based on a few factors, so let's begin with interiors.

- Interiors:
Their interiors is -- hands down -- amazing! Their counter seems so retro with it's pink and glowy designs. Their seating areas have a few hanged up vintage posters, a sassy condiments table, and even lit-up jukeboxes at the sides. Their bright neon sign (pictured above) already suggests the look they were going for. But their most attractive attraction has got to be their four special tables designed as Cadillacs in colors cherry red, baby blue, sunny yellow, and my favorite one: cotton candy pink. Even people who are just passing by stops to take a photo. We had to wait at least 20 minutes, on a Saturday afternoon, just to get a Cadillac seat. It was worth it though, we ended up having the red car.

- Menu:
An eatery's menu can always be surprising. Are they basic, unique, overwhelming, or underwhelming? You won't really know until you're ready to order. I knew Joy Ride was a diner before-hand so I expected eggs, waffles, bacon, and most importantly: strawberry milkshake with a cherry on top. I was disappointed to see that their menu didn't have any of those; yes, even the milkshake. Instead they had sandwiches, floats, sodas, and A LOT of desserts. In my opinion, it surely passes more as a dessert bar or a cafe rather than a diner.

- Taste & Presentation:
Even if I wasn't happy with the menu, we still got ourselves a few orders. We got a sandwich filled with salami, pastrami, bacon, ham, and pickles called the Chubby Checker. It was by far the best tasting one we've got, no joke! Of course we had to order a banana split to feel the vibes of the place, but how do you see a banana split? Scoops of chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla ice cream with bananas, sprinkles, and a cherry on top, am I right? Their menu says the same but the one we got had mango ice cream instead of strawberry, and was missing that cherry detail. Not happy about that at all. We ordered floats, I got strawberry fields and Adrian got mango orange, but was also disappointed because they served in plastic cups. I just think that they could handle their food better than how I experienced it. 

Overall, their food was a big 'meh'. Nothing special. But the place looks really pretty, so if you just want an insta-worthy picture then this is the perfect place for you to visit. However, if you feel a bit more hungry, then I definitely don't recommend Joy Ride. Maybe just for snacks and dessert. What resto should I review next?

Venue: Joy Ride Diner at Studio City Hotel
Address: Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Shop 1193, Level 1, The Boulevard at Studio City, Macau
Official Site:
Telephone #: +853 8865 6550

Photo Credits to: Adrian Coronado (@dash_ad)