It’s hard not to think of pottymouthed 2007 flick Superbad’s most memorable character when you dine at McLovin’s, even though nothing here has anything to do with him. Indeed, it might as well be called Carl’s Tavern. But we are here, hungry and in need of a pint.
We love that they’ve mixed the drinks and food menus together so that equal importance is placed on each. We also love that they list a pint of Guinness ($62) as an appetiser. The menu offers average pub-grub: the whiskey wings ($90) needed livening up with BBQ sauce and a fairly bland blue cheese dressing. McLovin’s chopped salad ($85) comprised mixed greens topped with sliced chicken breast, chorizo and olives. It was totally unmemorable. The chilli and cheese boxty ($95) is a wonder if you are not Irish. It’s kinda like a burrito, but made with potato pancake instead of flour and filled with roasted peppers, and not much else. Pass.
Now the good news: the shepherd’s pie ($98) was pure comfort food joy. Chopped, not powder-ground, bits of sirloin are slowly simmered in gravy and topped with creamy mashed spuds. Chick Chicka Yeah! McLovin’s corned beef ($158), another Irish tradition, was a hearty dish of sliced corned beef, boiled cabbage, sweet and garlic mash. Though we couldn’t make out the mustard in the accompanying mustard-cream sauce, the dish didn’t need it. We were unsure whether to end our meal with dessert or another pint, but in the end we went for the bread and butter pudding ($60). It was exactly what you get at a wedding buffet: spongy, warm and dotted with raisins surrounded by bottled custard.
Overall, you’re never going to come here for the food, but it’s a great place to pit-stop for a beer. Just don’t forget your fake ID.
UG 16, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui East, 2722 7101. Daily 11am-2am. Meal for two: around $650.
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