They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and there’s no quicker way to get there than by some good, old fashioned grub. That is exactly what Copper Dog provides that will make you feel at home.
Copper Dog in Dubai is a Scottish eatery and pub in the Hilton DoubleTree on Jumeirah Beach Residence. The new concept bar brings traditional Scottish hospitality and heritage to Dubai’s fun filled shores, giving people a real and authentic taste of Scotland’s northern valleys.
As I made my way to the restaurant, I instantly felt the warm atmosphere at the entrance. This is exactly how welcoming our house is back in my country. And then when I entered, I was fascinated by the interiors adorned with exposed stone work which I learned was shipped straight from Scotland to bring to life this Speyside classic.
A rustic country pub and eatery at heart, Copper Dog provides authentic Scottish food in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We tried some starters such as the Seared scallops, parsnip puree, pickled apple and the famous Scotch egg, piccalilli. I was so happy that it tasted exactly as I envisioned it to be.
For the mains, we had the 250 days grain fed angus ribeye that I paired with the Baked haggis, neeps and tatties, whisky mustard sauce. I’ve never heard of this dish until last night and having had the chance to try the unusual dish, it instantly became my favorite. I would describe it as the Scottish version of lasagna and the sauce on the side definitely added zest to the already savory dish.
We also opted for the Char grilled tiger prawns, garlic and parsley oil which were massive and surprisingly tasty.
All throughout the night, we were served by different waiters but it was Tammy, the senior bartender who made sure we have everything that we needed. She was very articulate and explained everything to us in a way that newbies to the Scottish food would understand. The restaurant manager, Stephen Ellis also talked us through the menu and overall, I was delighted by the excellent service in the restaurant.
We ended our meal with their desserts, Cranachan cheesecake with shots of whisky on the side and the Sticky toffee pudding, prune ice cream that’s rich and scrumptious.
Copper Dog’s lively atmosphere was taken to the next level by the spectacular house band which kept guests jovial until the early hours.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with our dining experience at Copper Dog and I wasn’t expecting it to be that great. Although we didn’t try the extensive array of Scotland’s best whiskies, gins and craft beers along Copper Dog’s lengthy copper bar, we definitely enjoyed the food and the laid back, relaxed atmosphere of the restaurant. I will without a doubt come back and bring more friends because it’s just one of the best pubs in Dubai that more people should know about.
So I’ll end this review by wishing Copper Dog Dubai “Lang may yer lum reek” which when translated means “Live long and prosper”