Dubai’s best places for Burns Night
These British venues are donning the tartan on January 25th, with Scottish menus to celebrate the poet Robert Burns.Neil Churchill January 21, 2016
January 25th might be an irrelevant date to many, but to a Scotsman few days are as important and worthy of celebrating.
Burns Night marks the celebration of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, and is traditionally celebrated with a Burns supper – usually the famous dish of haggis, neeps and tatties.
Dubai’s Scottish contingent may not be the biggest but they are certainly a proud bunch, and with enough British restaurants and fans of the tartan culture in the emirate, the following venues are preparing some special Burns Night evenings.
Reform Social and Grill
Any British holiday is always celebrated well by this gastropub, but with Reform’s Chef Ryan being Scottish himself, you can be confident this menu is an extra special one.
Classics such as Scotch broth, Scottish smoked haddock, salmon fish pie and haggis, neeps and tatties fill the board.
But there is also a Taste of Scotland whiskey-pairing menu, which looks like so: seared scallop and a 12-year Balvenie, double wood; cullen skink (smoked haddock) and a 12-year Glenfiddich; braised beef cheek and a 15-year Balvenie single cask; and a Drambuie trifle with a 21-year Balvenie port wood.
Along with a ‘wee dram’ on arrival, you may not remember dinner the following morning but you’ll certainly enjoy toasting Robert Burns.
Taste of Scotland menu, 25th January, AED425 per person. reformsocialgrill.ae
The Ivy at Emirates Towers is apparently such a fan of Burns Night that the special three-course, heart-warming menu is already available.
The set board starts with rumbledethumps with potato and cabbage, and venison carpaccio with highland honey. Main is a whole baby chicken with haggis, neeps and bacon – for vegetarians, Hebridean leek and potato pie served with seasonal vegetables. And for desert, a traditional chocolate cranachan (whipped cream, honey, raspberries and toasted oatmeal) with Drambuie, or a clootie dumpling with vanilla custard.
By the look of some of those names, orders must be made with a thick Scottish accent.
The three-course Burns Supper is AED 200 per person (excluding beverages) and is available nightly from January 19-25. theivydubai.ae
Downtown Dubai might be absolutely nothing like Scotland’s famous cities, but that’s not stopping Rivington Grill in Souk Al Bahar from putting up some classic Scottish dishes on its blackboard.
Cock-a-leekie soup, arbroath smokie (smoked haddock) with endive and quail egg salad, Scottish salmon tartare with pickled cucumber, Shetland Isles mussles and chips, and of course, haggis neeps and tatties.
After a desert of cranachan and Stilton cheese with oatcakes, those musical fountains may well sound like they’re dancing to bagpipes.
Burns Night blackboard specials on January 25 only. rivingtondubai.ae
For those, like us, who affectionately still refer to this Jumeirah Beach Hotel spot as the Dhow & Anchor, it will be no surprise that the modern British pub is getting stuck into the Burns Night spirit.
Aside from the a la carte menu, dishes include cullen skink, haggis with neeps and tatties, and traditional cranachan for dessert.
Special Burns Night dishes on January 25 only. jumeirah.com/dhow-and-anchor