At FACT we cannot resist a good brunch, so, when Links at the Royal Golf Club announced the launch of their Thursday Night Brunch, well, lets just say it didn’t take much persuading to throw on our gladrags and have a goosey-gander.
As true brunch devotees we are spoilt for choice in Bahrain, however, it’s usually reserved only for daytime hours on a Friday, whereas we’ve always secretly coveted a Thursday evening brunch in which you can enjoy an evening meal with your partner, under less obtrusive drinking hours and expectations. Links has got this notion executed perfectly with a selection of varied international dishes and unlimited artisanal drinks, suitable for even the pickiest of palates.
Step inside the Royal Golf Club and make your way to the mezzanine floor to discover the finest in international cuisine at Links restaurant. There’s an outdoor terrace for you to unwind in, if you so wish, however, the floor- to-ceiling windows offer patrons spectacular views across the golf course. There’s also the lounge with its trendy wooden panelling making the perfect backdrop for welcoming your weekend in style. We were pleasantly surprised by the high turnout for the debut of the Thursday Night Brunch in Links restaurant. As we commandeered their brunch we were treated to a real buzzing atmosphere. The team didn’t crack under pressure either, and the staff merely continued to interact with guests without it jeopardising the quality of service or food – result! First up? A cosmo to start the weekend. It arrived quickly, and it was drank pretty sharpish (hey, it’d been a long week!) so we perused the menu whilst we ordered an additional selection of flavoured cocktails and hops. Their cocktails are made lovingly from the long bar and served up with flourish, as they’re all extraordinarily pretty!
The server was kind, and knowledgeable of the menu (bonus points), and was quick to respond to our questions surrounding the menu – mainly about portion size. We were advised that we can select as much as we like from the menu and it would be served directly to our table (extra bonus points). This was well received on account of one of the team wearing ridiculous heels and it also allowed for the evening to feel more refined without worrying about venturing across the room for your next course.
We were there for the duration of the brunch and all our servers were incredibly accommodating without being bothersome. They continually topped up our drinks and attended to our beck-and-call seamlessly. We ordered the mezzeh buffet to start, a sampling of marinated vegetables, dips, garden leaves and bread. The spreads come with the most amazing, enormous pita bread, which is seasoned with oil, salt, and spices and served piping hot. It’s the best pita bread we’ve tried, perhaps ever.
We live for seafood, therefore we also sampled the Baked Oysters that were drizzled in garlic, accompanied with chorizo and finished in breadcrumbs – what an absolute masterpiece. The duck definitely didn’t disappoint either with its rich yet flavourful taste. The Roasted Tomato and Sweet Pepper Soup made its entrance in an industrialised mug, ideal for your inner millennial, and this was drank with a series of smacking lips ‘um-ing’ and ‘ah-ing’ in unison around the table.
We ordered the Anwwwgus Beef Sliders, which were filled with red onion relish accompanied by pickled cucumber and mustard aioli. It was perfectly toasted and the meat was warm and juicy inside. The Royal Golf Club has inevitably upped the stakes in the culinary game, hosting their Thursday Night Brunch from 7pm to 11pm. Our evening finished with a delectable cheeseboard and clean plates. So, next time you’re looking for 5-star service at pocket-friendly prices, be sure to swing by (see what we did there?) Links.
GO: THURSDAY NIGHT BRUNCH IS PRICED AT BD18 NET PER PERSON WITH FOOD AND SOFT DRINKS; BD26 NET PER PERSON WITH FOOD AND PREMIUM BEVERAGES (BD24 FOR CLUB MEMBERS). CALL 1775 1262 FOR RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION