The Picky Eater

by Gazette Reporter
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When you think of a nice Sunday dinner you usually imagine a local restaurant or pub some where nearby.
You don’t generally think of a golf club.
But the Vue Restaurant at Castleknock Golf Club is a restaurant that is aching to be explored as an option.
Located in the middle of beautifully landscaped scenery, Castleknock Golf Club stands separately from the Castleknock Hotel and Country Club but it is located on the same grounds, a mere five-minute walk from the main hotel.
The fact that it stands separately, however, means it offers a more secluded and unique restaurant experience.
On the day myself and my friend visited the restaurant, we were seated at a window that overlooked a breathtaking view of Liffey Valley, the Dublin Mountains and the golf course.
It happened to be a beautiful sunny day and we were lucky enough to enjoy dinner while watching the sunset, a truly beautiful moment that we were not expecting at a golf club.
The menu we ate from was the early bird menu which worked out at a very reasonable €22.50 per person for three courses. The menu had a good mix of food on offer, I had the chicken and bacon Caesar salad for starters, penne pasta for my main course and banoffi pie for my dessert.
A word of warning, they are very generous with their starter portion sizes so make sure you are hungry if you are going for the Caesar salad!
The penne pasta came with chicken, chorizo sausage and sun dried tomato smothered in a white wine cream sauce and topped with parmesan shavings. It was full of flavour and quite simply delicious. The banoffi pie was a tasty after dinner delight.
My friend had the smoked salmon tartar for starters, the roast rib of beef for a main course and we shared the banoffi pie for our dessert. The smoked salmon was beautifully light and delicate and was served with a superb malt bread.
The beef looked and tasted particularly good. It had been slow cooked in a larger joint that day so it was only available as a well done dish but nonetheless it was a beautiful plate of food.
Along with the early bird menu, we indulged in a 750ml carafe of house wine which cost €20.
It was the perfect accompaniment to our meal and we sipped over it while we watched the sun go down over the spectacular view outside the window. It was a meal to remember, highly recommended.
The Vue Restaurant is located at the Castleknock Golf Club, Porterstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15; tel 01 6408736 or see www.castleknockgolfclub.ie

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