16 Sep 2012 • 408 reviews • 12 followers
There wasn’t much activity along this stretch of road on a Sunday. Most shop fronts were shrouded in darkness and we arrived at the pie shop with a groan as it displayed the same stillness. It should’ve been open, according to the operating hours, except that there’s a piece of paper unceremoniously plastered to the glass door that stated otherwise. Oh well… tough luck!
We were too hungry to contemplate an alternative. Hence, we retraced our steps (only a few, by the way), popped into Molly Malone’s without the slightest hesitation and swiftly plonked ourselves on the wooden chairs. We were back on familiar ground, and everything looked just as I remembered it.
Established since 1995, this quaint rustic tavern was the first of its kind to open in Singapore. Interestingly, it’s designed and built in the Emerald Isle before being shipped and reassembled here.
For a start, we ordered snowball ($15), which was just about the only cocktail I could truly enjoy. It’s innocuously sweet, mildly fizzy (the rare occasion when I tolerate a carbonated drink) and most importantly, totally lacking the bitterness of alcohol. It tasted as if there were merely juice and sprite but alcohol was indeed present, albeit in a very small quantity.
The irish stew had always been satisfying. However, since K had also tried it before we decided it’s time for something different.
The haddock fish & chips ($22) had a perfect crisp but the fish was a tad dry. So it’s a good thing the tartare sauce was competent enough to distract us from this flaw. Not to mention the other dips lined up on our table – mayo, chili and tomato. Much to our chagrin, we completely forgot to ask for curry sauce!
As for the shepherd’s pie ($18), it came with minced lamb topped with a thick layer of creamy mashed potato. The meat was moist, tender and flavorful without being overly gamey.
We’d never ordered desserts in the past and were disappointed at how the sticky date pudding ($9) turned out. Served with toffee sauce and homemade caramel banana ice cream, the cake was extremely hard, dry and coarse. Unfortunately, the one and only choice on the menu failed to delight us.
The pub was pleasantly quiet as it permeated warm coziness. The sports channel provided entertainment while staff were friendly and efficient. We couldn’t have hoped for a better chillout spot (barring the lousy dessert) to avoid the crowd but the weekend menu was somewhat limited.
Total damage: $64 nett