The quick meals chain McDonalds goes upmarket, with the trial launch of a hen burger served in sourdough-style bread bun, with black pepper mayonnaise and a touch of truffle.
The Crispy McFillet, already nicknamed the McPosh, went on sale on Wednesday in 41 eating places within the UK and 9 in Ireland.
The UK branches taking part within the gross sales analysis are all situated within the British midlands, largely in Birmingham and Coventry, whereas in Ireland it’s accessible in Cork metropolis and county.
The Crispy McFillet’s “sourdough-style” bun is the primary trace of its fancy notions, I uncover after I hand over €5.20 for one within the Midleton department.
When the field is opened, it reveals itself initially as a pleasingly fancy-looking bubble-topped and bronzed bread bun, harking back to an excellent artisan bake.
But that’s the place the similarities finish and why the phrase “style” is so essential. Unlike actual sourdough, made with solely flour, water and salt, this bun has a protracted, lengthy listing of elements, together with yeast in addition to, in smaller portions, starter cultures. There are sesame seeds sprinkled on prime, however they’re normal on many McD’s burgers, so we gained’t embody them within the “posh” scale.
Inside, there’s a reasonably standard-looking portion of fried hen, some iceberg lettuce and a smear of mayonnaise. At first chunk, the bun strikes me as being little completely different in style or texture from the chain’s regular buns; it’s delicate, candy and different smart tasteless.
The hen makes an excellent try at wanting like a traditional breaded and fried hen breast, however the elements evaluation is attention-grabbing. This one has 58 per cent “chicken meat”, whereas the Homestyle Crispy Chicken burger from the identical chain has 54 per cent “chicken breast meat”, regardless of the newcomer presenting itself as a “fillet” burger.
So far, so bland. Until you’re taking a chunk, that’s. This burger packs a punch – a scorching, peppery one which hung round, hammering my style buds approach, approach longer than I’d hoped for.
The black pepper mayonnaise has each floor black pepper and coarse black pepper within the elements. Whatever the distinction within the grind, there’s a beneficiant quantity, and in a approach it’s sort of an excellent factor as a result of in any other case, with out even a gherkin or a sprinkle of uncooked pink onion, this is able to be a boring, dry burger certainly.
Perhaps to ramp up the luxe credentials, there’s additionally a minuscule quantity, 0.02%, of “natural truffle flavouring”, within the mayonnaise, however I couldn’t discern it. If you’re counting energy, the Crispy McFillet has 514 of them, as towards 688 within the Homestyle Crispy Chicken burger, and 493 in a Big Mac, for comparability.
The burger payments its self as being a “Crispy McFillet”, so how does it rating on the crunch-ometer? Fairly extremely because it occurs. Apart from the peppery warmth, the principle distinguishing characteristic of the McPosh patty is its texture, which is certainly crispy, as promised.
That’s it, it’s in any other case a reasonably plain burger with little in the way in which of trimmings or add-ons. Definitely not value a detour, as Michelin would possibly say.
McDonalds branches in Ireland the place you should purchase the Crispy McFillet:
Douglas Village, Douglas, Cork
Mallow Road, Commons Road, Cork
Blackpool Shopping Centre, Cork
Musgrave Park, Ballyphehane, Cork
Unit F1 Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Cork
Winthrop Street, Cork
Patrick Street, Cork
Ballincollig, Co Cork
Midleton, Co Cork