Taste Test: We Feed McDonald’s Steak McWrap To A Professional Food Critic

Taste Test: We Feed McDonald’s Steak McWrap To A Professional Food Critic

The Steak and BBQ McWrap is the latest addition to McDonald’s premium “Real Choices” menu. Its main claim to fame is the use of real rump steak which is supposed to transform Aussie lunches from “ordinary to extraordinary”. To put these lofty claims to the test, we enlisted the taste buds of Simon Thomsen, a professional food critic who has sworn off McDonald’s for decades. Things get a little messy.

Simon Thomsen is the executive life editor of our sister site Business Insider and one of Australia’s foremost culture and food writers. Thomsen was previously a co-editor of The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide and has travelled the world as a chef and waiter. He therefore knows a thing or two about great-tasting grub.

Enter the BBQ Steak McWrap. According to McDonald’s, this is a game-changing product that uses 100% Aussie rump steak for the first time in the company’s history. Here’s the accompanying blurb:

A steamed tortilla filled with tender 100% Aussie rump steak, tomatoes, crisp lettuce and mouth-watering BBQ sauce.

We asked Simon to sample the BBQ Steak McWrap and share his informed critique with the masses. To make things fair, we also got Allure Media’s resident fast food fan Eric Swenson to offer up an “everyman” opinion. Check out the above video for their verdicts!


  • … He’s a professional food critic? The laymans opinions really seemed more insightful than his.. He even ate all the parts separately.. Then when he took a bite, it was from the bit he’d taken the tomato out of..

    If he’s a “professional” at this, then.. Well.. He probably shouldn’t leave his day job..

    • Coming from the wine side of things, that’s what professional tasters are supposed to do. We pick white wine apart by tasting it at room temperature, across multiple days precisely because that’s when it will show its ‘seams’ and whatever technical faults it may have. Producers have a vested interest in letting things slip by unnoticed, which professional tasters are there to redress, and the balance of whether or not it’s a quality product lies somewhere in between.

    • He took a bite from the whole thing at the beginning, albeit a third he tore off.

      Then he ate some individual elements of it.

      Then he rolled it together and took a big bite out of it as a whole.

      I just finished eating a kebab from the Abrakebab while I was watching this coincidentally, it surprised me how I ended up doing the same thing. Took a bite from the top third, picked out a few ingredients from the bulk and ate them, tasting the garlic/hot chilli sauce mix and then when I was 2/3 of the way through, grabbed the rest of it, compressed it to stop drippage and ate it. I think his assessment was more than fair. Both men did a good job, one was a (slightly sub)professional way of looking at it and the other was a laymens way.

      Or maybe Master Chef and MKR just has everyone these days convinced they’re a 5 star food tester critic. lol

  • PS: I also personally would have preferred this be conducted as a blind taste test.. It was clear that both of them went in with certain preconceptions of the product based on the brand alone. A side by side with a burrito from another provider, both blind, would have been ideal.

  • The “professional critic” definitely went into this with his preconceptions about the McDonald’s brand.

    Having had one of these for lunch the last two days – they are definitely worth the $5.95. In fact I’d probably pay closer to $10 for it.

    I had a steak wrap from Oporto the other week and it cost me nearly $15 for a small meal – and the Macca’s wrap is much much tastier.

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