Build your own mac ’n’ cheese? Sausage by the metre? What’s not to love about the Hamilton’s Gastropub menu?
The swanky new spot opened earlier this year in the Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas and boasts a cool, urban feel. Décor is paired-back and industrial, with filament lights and a large, central bar.
Service is swift and efficient and the vibe is good – upbeat and buzzing with a range of couples and groups enjoying
a pint and some decent gastro grub. It’s a mix of diners and those just in for a drink, and the atmosphere is casual and warm.
We settle into a comfy booth and check out the menu. If you’re familiar with JB’s gastropub in neighbouring Dubai, you’ll notice some similarities in the dishes. There’s a variety of sections including The Staples (fish and chips, bangers and mash, et al), House Signature BBQ (smoked beef brisket, barbecue chicken etc.) and Between Bread and Buns (sandwiches and burgers), plus salads, cheese platters and more.
If you’re a carnivore through-and-through then you’ll be taken by the sausage by the metre, which comes in either lamb, spicy chicken or veal bratwurst (or 50cm of two if you just can’t decide).
We kick off with a jar of hummus, which is nice enough if not hugely impressive for a region that specialises in the dish. It’s uncharacteristically runny and overpoweringly garlicky. The complimentary bread basket is a hit, though, with a range of tasty rolls to tide us over.
For mains we can’t resist the build your own mac ’n’ cheese, supplementing the pasta dish with broccoli and wild mushrooms. It’s delicious – comfort food at its best – a creamy, carby, cheesy dish of happiness. It’s also reasonably priced at Dhs55, with an extra Dhs10 per add on, and we finish it with gusto.
We also delve into the barbecue section, opting for the sampler platter (that can be for two or four people), which comes piled high with beef brisket, beef ribs and barbecue chicken. The meat is lip-smackingly tasty and tender, with smokey hues.
The main courses are excellent, proper gastropub grub. If you’re looking for unpretentious dining head to this Saadiyat spot, you won’t be disappointed.