Reviewed: McGettigan’s JLT brunch
If you sign up for a Friday afternoon brunch at McGettigan’s, you know what you’re getting.
The weekend. An Irish bar. Unlimited drinks. What could possibly go wrong?
Not much, is the answer, and even when it does, like having to wait almost 20 minutes to gain entry (in turn missing the first 15 minutes of brunch), we’re in the kind of establishment where egos are parked firmly outside. You simply can’t kick off over minor issues in McGettigan’s, so it’s a case of shrugging our shoulders and cracking on, although it might be advisable to have more than one member of staff attempting to look after so many guests. All of that, however, is quickly forgotten once the first round of drinks is ordered. There are separate prices depending on whether you want to drink bottles or hops, but it’s going to be a long day ahead, so we play safe and opt for the bottles package. A wise choice.
In terms of the food, there’s nothing glamorous on offer, but who goes to McGettigan’s for glamorous? It’s decent pub grub.
The venue is busy, without being absolutely mobbed, and the atmosphere is surprisingly relaxed early on. That all changes, though, when the music is turned up a notch. Yes, it might be ‘80s and ‘90s classics, but that all adds to the feel-good factor as the drinks flow. Oh yeah, the food, how could we forget? When the time eventually comes to plate up, we pile it high with roast beef, an enormous Yorkshire Pudding, a small portion of veg (well, we’re five drinks in, what’s the point?) and lashings of gravy.
Quite frankly, it’s top notch. Tasty and enjoyable in equal measure, so much so that we almost head back for more, before smartly turning our attention back to the beverages occupying the table. We’re not in the business of wasting drinks. By this point, Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer is blasting out and the only thing to do is get involved. This is McGettigan’s, after all.
When: Friday, 1pm-5pm
Where: Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Contact: mcgettigans.com, +971 4 356 0560
The cheesy arancini balls, which come as part of the starters, are the perfect companion for those early beverages which are inevitably knocked back as quickly as possible, as is standard for any brunch. The slow roast rib of beef is undoubtedly the highlight from the main course, and if you still have room, it’s worth sampling the sticky toffee pudding.gans.com, +971 4 356 0560