If you don’t know already, which is unlikely if you know me, I do love a good roast dinner. Actually, it doesn’t even have to be particularly good for me to enjoy it. It just has to have veggies and meat, and of course the all important Yorkshire pudding!
There are a huge amount on offer in Dubai, and I made a good attempt at trying as many as possible at one point, but then found a favourite and just kept going back there. No one wants to see a post about the same place once a month!
However, I feel the need once again to sample some new ones, and that started this weekend with McGettigan’s DWTC.
McGettigan’s as you can image from the name is an Irish bar, well, a chain of Irish Bars actually, in the UAE. They are known for their fun atmosphere and good non fussy pub food. It also turns out that they do a roast beef dinner for AED 99 on a Saturday and Sunday!
There is no parking for the actual pub, so we parked up in the multistory next to it. It isn’t hugely expensive, but you do get used to free parking really quickly. Paying AED 15 for the first hour and AED 10 thereafter is a bit irritating, but not enough to make you drive off and find somewhere else to try!
It’s only a short walk from the carpark to the pub, but given the heat and humidity at the moment, you’re dying for the aircon by the time you get there! When you walk through the doors, McGettigan’s delivers! You get a blast of very cold air in the lobby area, and then a nice level of cool in the bar and restaurant. Sadly, the smell of stale beer and stale smoke, on top of the freshly created beer and smoke smells is a little off putting. I don’t remember it being that bad in the past.
Not to be disheartened, we found ourselves a booth and made our order straight away. It wasn’t a hard decision.
Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, broccoli, green beans, carrot and parsnip mash, and gravy.
Overall, it was quite nice, but it’s not one I will repeat.
The meat was beef, but due to the heavy ‘gravy’ it was covered in, I couldn’t actually tell you if it was or not. I can tell you it was so soft that it made me think it was a slow cooked meat rather than a roast. I could have been eating anything though. The only other “complaint” I had is that the balance of carrot and parsnip was off in the mash. You completely lost the carrot to the very strong flavour of parsnip. It was ok, but I felt it could have been much better.
I would like to point out though that the potatoes were delicious. Really, really good. They had a small crunch on the outside and the insides were nice and fluffy, but it was the flavour of them that really made them! They were so good. There were three on each plate which was enough against the meal, but it would have been very nice if there was more!!
Now, as you know, I judge restaurants serving a roast on their yorkies! This one was pretty much the same as the rest of the meal. Hit and miss. The flavour was there and the top was nice and light, but for me personally, the majority was too doughy.
Despite being a little bit on the full side, there was just enough room to sneak in a pudding!
The sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream was very good. It was light and sugary and the ice cream was spot on. I personally would have poured the sauce over the pudding to serve, but it didn’t make a huge difference just sitting on a pool of it.
The apple crumble was a little more disappointing.
Firstly, it was served lukewarm on the outside and fairly cold in the middle. Secondly, that’s a seriously pathetic amount of crumble given the amount of apple.
Overall, I would give McGettigan’s 6/10 I think. It was ok but it’s never going to be a winner for me.