High praise for Club House
Anyone who sets up a new restaurant in today’s difficult climate deserves a round of applause and such is the case with Club House at Amarilla Golf.
What is even more commendable, however, is when it achieves success in its’ very first week and generates instant praise from its’ first customers.
How lovely must it have been for head chef, Javier to be asked to come into the dining room to be told that his steak was “the best I have ever had” with delicious fresh vegetables. The beautiful presentation on the plates was also commented on.
Club House has been opened just next to the Fairways Club reception on the road which crosses the Amarilla Golf course and runs parallel to the ocean and the marina. Don’t be confused by the name as it is not at Amarilla Golf (as in the golf course clubhouse) but a five minute drive further along. It is only a few minutes from Golf del Sur should you be staying here for a holiday or live in the area, of course.
Club House has two façades ie. the sunny rear terrace which overlooks the Fairways pool and the front which features a stone staircase from the road. It must be stressed it is open to all, whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner or just for some drinks and a snack. It is not private and you don’t have to be staying at Fairways.
This “double” aspect is reflected in the menu as well. The breakfast and lunch menu features what you might expect such as a full English for 4.95 euros (though you might like to try the Nordic offering of smoked salmon and scrambled egg) through to sandwiches, baguettes, salads, omelettes, toasties, burgers, fish and chips, pizzas, steak, roast chicken etc and a kids’ menu. The food is good and reasonably priced, served by very friendly staff who will speak your language, including English. Sit inside or out.
In the evening, Club House presents a surprise. As the lights go down, the restaurant takes on a different kind of ambience with fine dining at a price you can afford. I am sure people who visit Club House in the day will wonder what it is like at night and I can tell you, the food is absolutely superb and deserves the reputation it is already gaining.
Just a few weeks before, manager Thomas who is from Switzerland, had promised an international menu where the dishes might sound normal but would actually come with different flavours and a different approach. We found this to be very true, even with a starter of prawn cocktail which was beautifully decorated with gorgeous succulent prawns and a plentiful plate of breaded garlic mushrooms. Already the little touches were evident, with a fan of apple, little bowls of extra relish etc.
I wanted to try the restaurant’s signature dish of baked fresh salmon wrapped in filo pastry (12.50 euros) whilst my companions chose tuna steak with sesame on a bed of grilled vegetables in balsamic reduction (11.70 euros) and a steak (13.50 euros). The salmon dish was simply delicious, a verdict echoed by the entire table and the gentleman at the other end of the room as he called the chef over with his compliments.
Each of the plates was artistically decorated with a flourish. Other options for us could have been baby rack of ribs for 12.50 euros or home-made chicken cordon bleu for 10.50 euros. These prices are very, very good considering the standard of the cooking which is extremely accomplished and it was a nice surprise to find the house wine was just ten euros a bottle.
Club House is still a work in progress as Thomas and his team and owner Hugo have many plans for the future, including theme nights such as flamenco and live music. This doesn’t mean customers are guinea pigs in the first few months. Club House has started as it means to go on with the highest of standards. Thomas speaks English, German, Italian, French and Spanish and has a lovely sense of humour. It’s nice to have someone memorable at the helm, together with staff who are attentive but not over-powering. One of the first things he did was to invite us to inspect the ladies and gents rest rooms which have been redecorated and furnished and the kitchen. Spotless of course. We were looked after during our meal by Jorden who also speaks English and Spanish.
This is a great new restaurant to try out, whether as a couple or a family (children are very welcome).
Parties for up to 50 people can be catered for and if you want something special to eat at any time, just give them two days notice.