In honour of Scotland’s famed poet Robert Burns, it’s customary for his countrymen to indulge in Scottish delicacies and brews on his birthday every 25 January, while enjoying recitals of his finest poems. Not wanting to miss an opportunity to celebrate here in the UAE, Burns Night will be remembered at the following venues:
THE SPORTSMAN’S ARMS
The Sportsman’s Dhs299 Taste of Scotland menu starts with a wee dram on arrival, followed by Scottish dishes and drink pairings throughout the night. There’ll be Cullen skink served with house-baked bread and Glenmorangie the Original; for mains, game terrine with Quinta Ruban, Glenmorangie’s most intense tipple, and Aberdeen Angus ribeye steak with clapshot mash and smoked cheddar sauce with Signet, one of Glenmorangie’s oldest blends. Sticky toffee pudding doused with butterscotch sauce matched with Glenmorangie Lasanta makes for the grand finale! Additionally, there’ll be drink deals (four drams for Dhs150) and special dishes on the main menu, including haggis, neeps and tatties and even the famed deep-fried Mars bar!
INFO: 6pm-11pm, International Tennis Center, Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, 056 752 3467, sportsmanszsc.com
REFORM SOCIAL AND GRILL
Special menu additions include Scottish smoked haddock and salmon pie, Scotch broth, and haggis, neeps and tatties, plus a Dhs425 five-course Taste of Scotland chef’s table experience with Scottish spirit pairings.
INFO: 7.30pm, The Lakes, Dubai, 04 454 2638, reformsocialgrill.ae
From 19-25 January The Ivy is offering a three-course Burns Supper for Dhs200 (excluding drinks). Choices include rumbledethumps with potato and cabbage, venison carpaccio with highland honey and mustard, whole baby chicken with haggis, neeps and bacon, Hebridean leek and potato pie served with veg, chocolate cranachan with Drambuie and clootie dumpling with vanilla custard.
INFO: 4pm-11pm Sat-Wed; 4pm-11.30pm Thu-Fri, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, DIFC, 04 432 3232, jumeirah.com
DHOW & ANCHOR
The gastropub has added three classic Scottish dishes to its menu for 25 January: Cullen skink (Dhs60); haggis, neeps and tatties (Dhs95) and a traditional cranachan dessert (Dhs45).
INFO: 12noon-1am, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, 04 432 3232, jumeirah.com
Burns Night blackboard additions at the Rivington include cock-a-leekie soup (Dhs50), Arbroath smokie haddock with endive and quail egg salad (Dhs65), Scottish salmon tartare with pickled cucumber (Dhs50), Shetland Isles mussels with chips (Dhs120), haggis with neeps and tatties (Dhs140) and cranachan (Dhs45).
INFO: 12noon-10.45pm, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, 04 432 3232, jumeirah.com