I’ve been to McGinty’s previously and had a great meal so we knew we could run in, grab some tasty, small plates quickly and head back out again in time for the event.
Ginsecco at McGinty’s
On arrival, we were both swiftly drawn to a new drinks menu on our table – their Ginsecco menu. Ginsecco? Yes please! And what’s even better is that it’s Whitley Neill gin.
Every drink on the menu sounded beautifully refreshing but being a fruity gin fan I had to go for the Pink Grapefruit Gin, served with lime juice and soda water, and prosecco of course.
This fruit concoction was the perfect way to start an interesting evening at the Fit & Skin event, especially as the prosecco was flowing once we got there! The grapefruit gin, with its citrusy notes, is a favourite of mine anyway, but teamed with prosecco, gives an intensified acidic, vibrancy to the drink with plenty of bubbles.
Holly opted for the Aloe & Cucumber Ginsecco. Again, she enjoyed her drink. The Aloe & Cucumber gin and prosecco mix served with elderflower cordial, soda water and lime juice was light and refreshing. The aloe was a unique twist to a gin and the fizz left her feeling invigorated but she does think this ginsecco is an acquired taste and wouldn’t be for everyone.
For both drinks, however, some garnish to really spruce up the appearance and the flavour would have good a nice touch.
Vegan Snacks at McGinty’s
Now onto the food!
We pondered the menu for some time, swithering between sharing starters or each having a main course and in the end decided to be sensible and share starters as, if I haven’t already mentioned, we had an event shortly after and we were hopeful there would be little canapés or snacks to fill up there too.
It took us a bit of time but we finally chose two vegan options from the starter menu – Crispy Cauliflower Bites and Vegan Chilli House Nachos.
I’m going to start with the Crispy Cauliflower Bites because they are dreamy and I’m craving them right now. These little, battered pieces of cauliflower are wonderfully spiced. Served with McGinty’s House Hot Sauce, you are in for a flaming treat when you give these bad boys a go. You almost forget you are eating a vegetable when tucking into the cauliflower bites. If you ever go to McGinty’s, I’d say give these a go, even if you aren’t plant-based – I still think you’ll highly enjoy them!
The next course, the Vegan Chilli House Nachos, in our opinion were a tad of a letdown. Sure, the nachos tasted great – corn tortilla chips smothered in cheese, jalapeños and sour cream – what’s not to like? Well, it was the topping we chose that we felt let this dish down. When you order nachos you get the option to choose from 3 different options: Salsa, Beef Chilli and Vegan Chilli. Obviously, we went for the vegan chilli, expecting the nachos to be topped with a non-meat mince alternative in a chilli sauce, but all we were given was a mix of beans and chickpeas in a chilli sauce. For us, it lacked substance and I’d be reluctant to have the nachos again. I also think their menu needs to be clearer with this one stating what their vegan chilli actually is because I don’t expect we’d be the first to get a surprise after ordering this dish.
Honestly, it’s a bit of a mixed conclusion when it comes to our experience here. Yes, our drinks were refreshing and the cauliflower bites were delicious but the unsatisfying nachos let us down and left us feeling a little deflated about our time at McGinty’s which is a shame.
It hasn’t put me off of McGinty’s completely though. I will definitely be back, especially for drinks, but from now on, I might stick to eating elsewhere, unless it’s for Crispy Cauliflower Bites. Can you tell I liked them?
Have you ever been to McGinty’s?