The Grille

Abu Dhabi Golf Club's fine-dining clubhouse restaurant Reviews

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If there’s one way to work up a mighty appetite, it’s stomping around a blazing hot golf course, repeatedly whacking a little white ball into a lake. In the past year or so, the city’s golf courses have grown wise to this fact, each opening plush dining venues that go beyond the scruffy, drink-orientated 19th holes of old. Abu Dhabi Golf Club’s offering is The Grille, a characterless, beige and brown restaurant with cosy booths at one end and a view over the course’s lush greenery. And while it certainly provides comfortable respite from those unforgiving fairways, the food and service are sadly well below par.

It’s a shame, really, because the menu shows signs of real promise. Forget burgers, nachos and the usual clubhouse nosh – this is all-out fine dining fare and at the prices we were expected to pay for it, we’d prepared ourselves for something special. From the off, though, things weren’t quite right; our starters of sautéed calamari and seared sea scallops with apple relish both drastically overcooked. The fillet steak that followed confirmed that we hadn’t just caught the man in the kitchen napping, with our main course displaying a fundamental misunderstanding of the flavours and textures that sit well on the human palate. The meat itself – though also overdone – wasn’t too bad, but the slab of foie gras sitting atop it was chilled, treating our mouth to a grim contrast of hot and cold; a similar sensation to biting into a fish finger that’s still frozen in the middle. We can usually deal with the inherent conscience-pricking that comes with eating the pâtéd liver of a tortured goose, but that any animal should have suffered for such an unpalatable dish is a genuine crime, leaving us to pick up the bill feeling doubly bad about our evening.

The bill
Seared scallops Dhs80
Sautéed calamari Dhs65
Fillet steak with foie gras Dhs250
Char-grilled duck breast Dhs95
Chocolate fondant Dhs50
Apple and rhubarb crumble Dhs40
Total (excluding service) Dhs580

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Sas Al Nakhl, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 558 8990
  • Travel: Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Khalifa City
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User reviews

  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: chef on 27 Sep ' 11 at 20:11
  • Best for: Family friendly

if the people doesnot know how to eat steak,
they should learn first to eat,rather then to blem chefs,
or if they have any other problem with the property or they are writing
with any other reason,they should know their words are going to effect
some one whom they dont know also,
indirectly they are just making their self stupid,

i am sorry but its really hearts me a lot,


Posted by: Big Daddy on 16 Aug ' 11 at 15:26

Just remember it is a golf course restaurant, but-
the food and service was fine and the rib eye medium rare US beef
was spectacular. veggies on the side were fantastic and we really had no complaints. an exceptional dinner.

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