We love Scotland, the fine country that brought us neeps and tatties, pan haggerty and Gerrard Butler. Tonight is Burns Night and we are eager to embrace all of the above…
The first Burns supper was held in 1801 and in the 200 plus years since then, new traditions have been added but the sentiment remains the same - to pay tribute to the Scottish national poet, Robert Burns on his birthday.
We’ve scouted out five Burns celebrations below, to bring a bit of the highlands to the desert and give our Scottish pals the recognition they deserve.
Bread Street Kitchen pies
Nothing says Burns day like a pastry-feast of Scottish-themed pies. Get stuck into a selection at Scottish chef Gordon Ramsay’s Atlantis The Palm eatery, including venison and girolle pie served with neeps and tatties, shepherd’s pie with braised lamb, mash and brioche garlic crumbs, and classic smoked haddock and Scottish langoustine pie served with neeps and mash. Alternatively, diners with a sweet tooth can tuck into the classic Edinburgh fog pie (a rich and sweet dessert) served with a scoop of butterscotch ice cream.
Dhs130 (savoury pie selection), Dhs50 (Edinburgh Fog pie). Thurs Jan 25, 6pm-10.30pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Dig out the tartan and head down to the cosy Scottish spot for a night of authentic celebrations. Indulge in a traditional Scottish feast of cock-a-leekie soup, Haggis, neeps 'n' tatties and cranachan (a creamy, raspberry, honey thing).
Prices vary. DoubleTree by Hilton, JBR The Walk. Thurs Jan 25, 5pm-2am (04 559 5355).
Dhow and Anchor
Get your kilts on and mosey on down to Dhow & Anchor for traditional Scottish bagpipes and a haggis feast. As well as your meat, neeps and tatties, you’ll also be treated to pan-fried scallops, cullen skink and cauliflower purée and cranachan. Sounds delish.
Prices vary. Thu Jan 25, 7om onwards. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Street (04 432 3232).
Reform Social & Grill
Celebrate the Scottish way with Reform’s Burns Night Brunch and a limited-edition Scottish-inspired three-course menu. Warm your cockles with a cock-a-leekie soup, try a traditional Burns bite with haggis fritters served with tangy rhubarb chutney or opt for the Arbroath smokie rarebit served with sourdough toast and a poached egg. Of course there will be haggis, neeps and tatties and also Pan Haggerty made with potato, leeks, smoked cheese and a poached egg. Dessert is a clootie dumpling with custard (that’s a suet pudding to you and me).
Dhs295 (unlimited mixed drinks). Thurs Jan 25, 7pm-10pm. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes (04 454 2638).
The Scottish Association Burns Supper
Enjoy an evening celebrating the life and work of Robert Burns. Start your night with a sparkling welcome reception, complete with a variety of Scottish sips to taste and enjoy. You'll be treated to a four-course dinner (complete with haggis, of course, and three hours of free-flowing beverages), plus a host of incredible speeches and songs, before dancing up a storm into the wee hours.
Dhs525. Thurs Jan 25, 7.15pm-1am. Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, www.Dubai.platinumlist.net.