We heard about this Scottish pub coming to Dubai an age ago. Then it all seemed to go quiet. Then in July, it finally opened its doors, without much fanfare or pomp.
On our visit, we get the impression that’s just the way they like it here; a rustic, homely little bar and dining room that is modelled on its big brother in Speyside. The Scottish original is also a low-key venue, but it has big-name patrons (the likes of Noel Gallagher and Kate Moss are known to visit) who like the friendly atmosphere and warm welcome.
With some of the staff from Scotland in the city to help open the bar, part of that knowledge and charm permeates the service here, too.
The selection of drinks is also distinctly Scottish, with a huge selection to choose from.
Food-wise, the menu is filled with British pub classics –think fish and chips, pies and soups.
From the “Wee” Bites menu (that’s small, for anyone not familiar with Scottish English), we’re delighted that the “chips” in the chips and dips are big, fat and golden brown. The shepherd’s pie is also a winner, with deep, rich gravy, lots of meaty goodness and fluffy potatoes on top. The cheeseboard is perfectly put together, too.
The only thing that misses the mark is the one dish that’s a little more refined. The pastry on the goat’s cheese tart is a little too dense and hard to finish. Maybe they should stick to the simple stuff.
If you hadn’t guessed by now, this is food and a venue perfect for the chilly climes of the British Isles rather than the baking hot desert, but Copper Dog creates such a cosy atmosphere, it can transport you to the Highlands of Scotland with ease.
The Bill (for two) 1x chips and dips Dhs25 1x goat's cheese tart Dhs85 1x shepherd's pie Dhs115 1x cheese board Dhs45 2x small water Dhs30 Total (excluding service) Dhs300
The bottom line A place to get settled in and enjoy a hearty meal of classic grub.