More than a shrine for the Reds

George Lim is a die-hard fan of English Premier League club Liverpool.  

This is obvious as an extension of his D’Tavern Pub & Restaurant is decorated with framed Liverpool Football Club (LFC) club jerseys, posters and memorabilia.  

A variety of NBA caps and posters of NBA basketball teams, bought by George Lim's friend in Los Angeles, United States, are hung on a wall in the dining area of the pub.

The 54-year-old pub owner said most of the LFC merchandise was bought in England on his holiday trips.  

“I have been to Anfield (the LFC stadium) a few times since the 70s,” said Lim, who has been a LFC fan for more than 30 years.  

He said the pub had been operating since February 1983, with the extension added to the premises four years ago.  

There are more than 10 framed LFC jerseys and shirts, some of which were autographed by former players such as Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler, on the walls of the extension of the pub.  

There are also LFC jerseys signed by members of the present Champions League-winning squad such as Steven Gerrard, Jerzy Dudek, Sami Hyypia, Jamie Carragher and John Arne Riise.  

Banners and wallpapers printed with the title of the LFC song You'll Never Walk Alone adorned the walls and ceiling.  

The extension of the pub has two pool tables for the benefit of patrons.

On the walls are also posters of the trophy-winning LFC teams from the 70s and 80s.  

Even the toilet door is painted in the red colour of LFC.  

There are also football memorabilia such as a replica of the World Cup as well as LFC collectibles such as lighters, mugs, key chains and watches stored inside glass-encased cabinets.  

The extension of the pub also has two pool tables and several wall-mounted televisions.  

Besides the dedicated “shrine” to LFC, the pub is also known for its Western cuisine.  

Among its specialities is US Rib-Eye Steak (charbroiled medium) that was served with lettuce, sweet corn, carrot, cucumber, sliced pineapple and mashed potatoes.  

The steak, which Lim said was air-flown from the United States on a regular basis, was juicy and succulent.  

Besides beer, several types of Australian, New Zealand, French and Italian wines as well as hard liquor are available at the pub.

Meanwhile, the French Onion Soup that was served with cheese crouton, was another enjoyable dish.  

The pub also has other specialities like Roasted Lamb Shank as well as seafood dishes including Grilled Tiger Prawns, Baked Ikan Kurau (threadfin), US Live Oysters and Lobster Morney baked with cheese.  

Lim said the dishes were pork-free.  

Besides beer, a variety of Australian, New Zealand, French and Italian wines as well as hard liquors are available.  

The main area of the pub has a restaurant-styled setting with a small stage overlooking dining tables and chairs.  

Here, there is a stylish retro ambience with framed posters of musicians such as the Beatles, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson as well as contemporary American paintings hung on the walls.  

The pub, with a seating capacity for 120 people, has a cosy and relaxed atmosphere.  

During our visit on a Friday night, patrons of the pub and restaurant comprised families, groups of friends and young couples on dates who preferred the privacy afforded by corner tables.  

“During the day, the place caters to the lunch crowd comprising mostly office workers and businessmen,” said Lim.  

D’TAVERN PUB & RESTAURANT is located at 9, 11 and 15, Jalan Depoh, Port Klang, Selangor. Business Hours: Mon-Sat (11am-1am); Sunday (from 4pm onwards). Mon-Sat, lunch (11.30am-2.30pm); dinner (6.30pm-10.30pm). Sun- day (dinner only). Tel: 03-3168 8580.

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