06 Mar 2017

Trump International Golf Club, Dubai – Gourmet golf at its finest

Trump International Golf Club, Dubai opened its doors last month to great fanfare. But it’s not only the stunning Gil Hanse designed course and eye catching 30,000 square foot clubhouse which is causing a stir.

Dubai’s latest golf club development also features a world-class culinary offering, featuring four top notch restaurants, spearheaded by Italian Executive Chef Fernando Galbiati who is looking to ‘revolutionise golf club dining’.

“Diners can expect the highest quality of food, beverage and service, combined with a great atmosphere and welcoming staff where guests can relax, enjoy themselves within our elegant sanctuary in the city,” says Galbiati who describes his cooking as: “Simple, traditional and designed to meet the guests’ expectations, thanks to a strong knowledge of the basics that serves as a foundation for exceptional cooking. My style is a constant evolution of technique and passions, always referencing the past, while keeping an eye towards the future.”

The goal is for people to visit the club for its gourmet, as well as its golfing, delights. For those looking for something a little fancy for that special occasion, there’s Fifth Avenue, which is kitted out in glamourous ‘1920s Manhattan’ style décor and features a menu which celebrates the best cuisine of Galbiati’s homeland as well as carefully selected wine and cocktail list.

The Ninth Sports Café, as the name suggests, is more of a classic relaxed sports bar with wide-screen TVs to catch all the games and tournaments as well as a beautiful outside terrace complete with Cabanas surrounded by water and fire pits, offering a perfect vantage point for the on-course action.

Upstairs, on the same floor as the spectacular infinity pool and golf-fitness focussed gym, is Assana – a shisha lounge offering traditional Arabic fare in a tapas style with stunning views.

But we had the pleasure of visiting The Terrace, which sits somewhere in between the opulent Fifth Avenue and the laid back Ninth Sports Café in terms atmosphere and cuisine. We can see this one becoming a regular for families, foodies and golfers alike. Open from breakfast until late evening, the menu has a blend of simple Italian favourites and classic American style dishes. Think stonebaked pizzas, delicious handmade pasta, sandwiches and burgers, steak and seafood.

We sampled one of chef Galbiati’s fabulous pasta dishes (when in Rome and all that) – the rigatoni duck in carbonara sauce as well as the capricciosa pizza – both of which were delicious. Our arms were twisted into trying a desert and we plumped (pun intended) for the chocolate brownie with caramelised walnut and vanilla ice cream, created by talented pastry chef, Heston Pereira. All we can say is ‘wow’!

Trump International Golf Club, Dubai is a welcome addition to the region’s golf offering but it’s clear that there are some other mouth-watering reasons to pay this classy new development a visit.

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