Tasted: Nineteen, The Montgomerie Golf Club
We reckon Monty dines here every time he’s in Dubai. We certainly would if a club named after us had a restaurant this good.May 11, 2014
As the flagship venue at the Montgomerie Golf Club, Nineteen turns up the class to – well – nineteen. The interior follows classically minimalist lines with dark wood tables, deep red flourishes and smooth grey marble flooring giving it a dark colour palet.
Diners are given two choices of seating, either being centred around an open kitchen, where they are able to watch the chefs prepare the food, or out on the balcony overlooking the course’s stunning 9th and 18th holes.
A golf clubhouse can bring together a rather mixed bag of guests. From dining couples, to groups of longtime members, to visiting hotel guests – but one thing remains constant: the elegant mood.
Nineteen is not the place for raucous behaviour – you can always pop along to Monty’s if that’s what you’re in the mood for – but instead a perfect place to enjoy a quiet meal while revelling in the good life.
With all due respect, Colin Montgomerie – the Scottish golfer the club is named after – looks like he enjoys a good meal, which boads well for Nineteen’s menu. Both the starters we ordered – the Hokaido scallops and the Tortellini and spinach – were good sized portions, which helps reinforce our theory that success doesn’t begin and end with portion sizes.
The scallops were particularly stand-out, being perfectly cooked and offering a mixture of seared and deep fried pieces, on top of a creamy pea puree. The cheese-filled pasta was light and was complemented perfectly by the fresh spinach.
With such a wide choice of meat cuts, the make and break of Nineteen was always going to be its butcher’s block. We opted for two different cuts – the Irish tenderloin and the Angus fillet – both of which were cooked to perfection (medium rare, naturally) and were accompanined by some pretty heafty sides including three-time cooked chips, mustard mash, spinach and some asparagus. Although we thought we would struggle for room, dessert saw us demolish a creme brulee and a cleverly deconstructed lemon tart.
It is golf club dining, done right.
Details: visit themontgomerie.com