DRINK

A cre­ative menu, but is the qual­ity up to scratch?

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Hamil­ton’s Gas­tropub is now open on Saadiyat, serv­ing mean cock­tails, milk­shakes and clever dishes

Saadiyat isn’t the first place you’d think of if you look­ing for a tra­di­tional pub in Abu Dhabi, sim­ply be­cause there’s not many ho­tels there. But that all changed a cou­ple of months ago with the open­ing of the new Saadiyat Rotana ho­tel, and in­side is Hamil­ton’s Gas­tropub, a venue with drinks and pub bites that em­brace the US and UK.

Hamil­ton’s is a sharp look­ing des­ti­na­tion that cer­tainly mir­rors its lo­ca­tion in one of the more up­mar­ket parts of town. This is no rough and ready, spit and saw­dust out­let – the dé­cor is all ex­posed pip­ing, high ceil­ings, smooth wooden floors and gi­ant sil­ver kegs and wooden bar­rels on dis­play. There’s sev­eral TVs show­ing live sport as well and the stereo belts out rock tunes by Guns N’ Roses, Smash­ing Pump­kins and Pearl Jam.

The drinks menu is ex­ten­sive and var­ied, with a big se­lec­tion of cock­tails (in­clud­ing milk­shakes with al­co­hol), plus a huge se­lec­tion of cask and flask whiskies. The same can be said for the food. There’s plenty of grub you’d find in English gas­trop­ubs, such as a fancy, and very good, ver­sion of a Scotch egg with veal. Again, the va­ri­ety is com­mend­able – there’s cheese and meat­boards, mus­sels, bar­be­cue dishes such as brisket and you can even buy sausage by the me­tre. For the less ad­ven­tur­ous, there’s fish and chips and bangers and mash.

For mains, a pile of thinly sliced bar­be­cue beef brisket was a stand­out dish (it was in­cred­i­bly ten­der and was el­e­vated by the sweet bar­be­cue sauce) as was a fresh por­tion of grilled sal­mon with to­mato, olives and a cele­riac puree.

With ladies’ night deals on a Tues­day, san­gria deals on a Sun­day and a happy hour five days a week from 5pm to 9pm, Hamil­ton’s has plenty to of­fer all pun­ters, and is a good ad­di­tion to Abu Dhabi’s pub scene.

Saadiyat Rotana Re­sort & Vil­las, Saadiyat Is­land, Abu Dhabi, daily 5pm to 2am. Tel: (02) 6970000. Taxi: Saadiyat Rotana. rotana.com

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