Growing up, I wasn’t much of a golfer. My grandfather marveled over my swing (so smooth!) but was equally as perplexed by my ability to slice the ball every time. Though this will be no surprise, the part of our pitch n’ putt adventures I enjoyed the most was going for lunch afterwards.
Richmond has a number of golf courses, and while I do intend to slice (I mean, hit) some balls at a driving range sometime, my friend Robyn and I decided to visit Country Meadows Golf Course yesterday solely for the food. Overlooking the links, the club’s large and casual restaurant is called The Grille; in addition to plenty of comfortable seating, they have a small stage for live music, and I imagine a pretty wicked patio setup in the summertime.
The menu also includes free-range poultry from Bradner Farms and some Ocean Wise seafood (rah rah!), with soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pastas, steak, various other entrees, and pub-style appetizers. We decided to start with the spinach and artichoke dip ($10), and I ordered the clubhouse with side garden salad ($12). Robyn chose the salmon sandwich on naan ($12, yesterday’s special), with salad and a cup of Steveston seafood chowder ($4).
While we waited for the food, we admired the scene outside: blankets of green grass, trees, a few small ponds, and plenty of geese waddling about, unafraid of the golf balls and swinging clubs nearby.
With the arrival of our appetizer, we returned our attention to the table. Many restaurants have spinach and artichoke dip on their menus, but not many of them do it well.
I’m very pleased to announce that The Grille has this classic appetizer down pat, and unless you’re a vegan or allergic to dairy, you’d be crazy not to order this when you go. It has plenty of garlic, sundried tomatoes, artichokes, spinach, and chili mixed into cream cheese, then baked with more cheese on top.
There are slices of fresh pita to go with it (tasty, but really just vehicles for delivering large scoops of creamy cheese to one’s mouth), and we were both thrilled with this dish. I’d be tempted to go and order it as my main meal. Just kidding! No, actually, maybe I would.
Unable to stop with the dip, I ended up slathering more of it onto my bites of clubhouse, which was a hearty size and pretty tasty, though perhaps not the best sandwich I’ve had in Richmond.
I would have preferred the turkey to be sliced fresh, rather than deli-style.
Robyn’s Ocean Wise wild salmon sandwich was delicious, with plenty of capers and fresh naan.
Her Steveston chowder was also excellent – full of salmon, potato, some sort of white fish (probably cod), and fresh dill.
I was tempted to get dessert, but figured I should probably reign in my sweet tooth since I’m fighting a cold. Too bad, because the slices of cheesecake carried past us looked mighty good.
I can’t comment on the course itself, but for those of you like to golf and eat (or just watch golf and eat), Country Meadows is a fine place to do it. Once the weather smartens up a bit, I’ll find a friend with clubs and get myself to a driving range.
Richmondites, what are your favourite places to tee off? And more importantly, DO THEY HAVE DELICIOUS CHEESY BAKED DIP?
Cash and cards accepted
Vegetarian options available