Royal Golf Club

We revisit one of Bahrain's most popular brunches to see if it still cuts the mustard

Time Out Says

There’s nothing nicer than a Friday brunch after a hard week, and I was particularly looking forward to the Royal Golf Club’s offering in the Links Restaurant. I had already sampled a delightful lunch here with a friend so was anticipating something pretty special, especially as this brunch has won awards. Sure enough, as we entered the foyer, the tantalising smells of cooking wafted through the air. As this was my first visit for brunch, I asked to be shown around and the staff were extremely helpful and courteous.

We were shown to our table and offered drinks and the ‘breakfast bites’ menu to peruse. I loved the idea of having tastes of all my favourite breakfast treats, so we ordered one of everything to share. Bacon butty, croque monsieur, pancakes, French toast and foul medames, all in perfect miniature, were consumed with gusto. Sadly, the fried egg on toast was in need of further cooking as the white was still jellified and not to our taste. But everything else was good and there was just enough to whet the appetite without filling us up!

Now ready for something more substantial, we set off to explore the main courses. Arranged throughout the reception area were cooking stations offering an array of Italian staples such as lasagne as well as pasta with your choice of freshly prepared sauces, Asian delicacies such as dim sum and stir fry, a Mexican taco stand, an array of roast meats and a seafood section. I was particularly impressed with the children’ s selection which was arranged on a table low enough to allow junior brunchers to make their own choices.

I selected penne pasta with arrabiata sauce which was woefully disappointing as the chili was dried not fresh, the sauce was watery and the vegetables on offer looked old and sad. My guest chose the Mexican taco which he described as average and the Asian tempura which had a distinct lack of crispiness although the sauces were good.

The carvery had a good selection of meats and veggies. We chose the roast beef and chicken which looked very tasty. The beef was very rare (if you like it that way), but ended up being very tough. The vegetables were in the same tray as the meat and its juices (so not suitable for vegetarians) and were delicious.

At this point I would like to praise the staff who were cheerful, polite and attentive without being intrusive. The Links restaurant looks out over the stunning greens of the golf course and a small lake so the views are quite beautiful. The entertainment value of the driving range was priceless, as we watched players of different standards whack the balls all over.

Links itself is not a large venue but is bright, comfortable and modern. Throughout the brunch, a live band played in the foyer which was pleasant and discreet (and tuneful!). During their rest periods piped music was played and every now and then the volume level would suddenly increase, killing the table conversation. On each occasion a member of staff ran to the bar area to adjust the volume (not safe when guests are walking around with plates of food).

The most enjoyable part of any meal for my sweet tooth is the dessert and here I was not disappointed with hot crepes, ice cream, many individual cakes and pretty yummy things! I was particularly impressed that gluten free, low fat and healthy sweets were available though, of course, nothing beats a crème bruleé! My lunch partner had cheese and biscuits and there was a wide selection of accompaniments.

The RGC advertises a crèche facility available to restaurant guests which, although we didn’t use it, seemed like a great idea. According to the website it’s suitable for three to ten year olds and provides books and games with an attendant supervisor for a maximum of five children. Also on the website was an offer of a set price for the monthly grape selection with the meal.

The bill (for two)
2x adult buffet BD36.000
2x small sparkling water BD2.400
1x large sparkling water BD2.500
3x Diet Coke BD2.400
1x tea BD1.700
Total (inc tax) BD45.000

By Time Out Bahrain staff  | 25 Sep 2013

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