New US gastropub Cook Hall in The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City is, perhaps because of its location, not too busy right now, so you’re almost certainly guaranteed a table (in fact, on our visit, we’re the only diners in the restaurant, with just the staff to keep us company).
Inside, it’s very industrial-looking – all metals and exposed brickwork, with the stairs up to the second floor looking as though they’re suspended from chains.
A live band perform at weekends, and when they’re not on stage, the music choice ranges from the soulful sounds of George Ezra to The Beatles.
Upstairs, there’s a snooker table and a dart board, but we’re led to one of the tables downstairs, on the other side of the bar.
As you might expect for an American restaurant, the menu includes burgers, steaks and Buffalo wings. However, there are also twists on old favourites, such as duck tacos and a black truffle grilled cheese sandwich, which is aromatic and deliciously gooey.
Of our starters – which we order to share through fear of missing out – the jalapeño poppers have a welcome kick. And we get two types of corn for the price of one with our order of corn on the cob – they come covered in popcorn. Nice.
The beef brisket sandwich main course is the special of the day on our visit, but it should be a permanent fixture. It’s one of those dishes that comes without a plate and ends up falling apart and going everywhere, but that’s all part of the joy of eating it. And it’s utterly delicious – the real highlight of the meal.
We would have liked to have been able to get through several helpings of the butterscotch puddings, too, but by dessert, we’re well and truly stuffed. If only that grilled cheese sandwich wasn’t quite so good…
The Bill (for two) 1x corn on the cob Dhs39 1x jalapeno poppers Dhs36 1x beef brisket Dhs65 1x black truffle grilled cheese Dhs69 1x butterscotch pudding Dhs40 2x Pepsi Dhs48 1x large water Dhs28 Total Dhs325
The Bottom Line Still a fairly quiet spot, but the food makes up for it.