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Gastronomy at Palheiro Golf Clubhouse Restaurant combines local culinary tastes with a southern European flavour.

Influenced by the Atlantic and inspired by the Mediterranean – with a dash of the oriental adding a little spice – the cuisine serves to illustrate the imagination and creativity associated with the award-winning kitchen at Madeira Island Hotel Casa Velha do Palheiro, who manage the Clubhouse Restaurant.

Set under the 18th green at Madeira Island Palheiro Golf, the Clubhouse Restaurant sits high above Funchal and affords a glorious panorama of the bay, the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Clubhouse Restaurant benefits from a unique open-plan design. A generous veranda, where that same magnificent view can be appreciated in all its splendour, further accentuates the sense of space.

Here, the environment is one of calm and relaxation. Golfers can enjoy pre-round coffee before their game and later unwind over a post-round drink.

Lunch is an occasion for laughter and banter, a time to replay that cracking drive, that subtle putt or that awkward bunker with friends and teammates.

The à la carte menu lists an array of appetising starters like pan-fried prawns in piri-piri sauce, bang bang salad with saffron and ginger-marinated chicken, smoked salmon with asparagus, or tomato and onion soup with poached egg – a Madeiran speciality.

Pasta choices include delicious fresh gnocchi with spinach and Gorgonzola cheese sauce, while fish dishes include local black scabbard fish sautéed with chive and mushroom sauce.

The grilled beef entrecote with either Béarnaise or pepper sauce, or the chicken stroganoff with steamed rice exemplify the meats selection.

For something lighter, the quality range of sandwiches include healthy and nourishing options like baguette with marinated tuna, balsamic vinegar and olives, and bruschetta with tomato confit and mozzarella cheese.

Round off the meal with any one of the dozen or so dessert choices that include almond cassata with chocolate sauce, or regional passion fruit.

Alternatively, an early dinner at Palheiro Golf Clubhouse Restaurant is an equally conducive way to end a day on the golf course. In fact, why not indulge in an aperitif on the terrace before ordering?

Actually, regardless of whether you're a golfer or not, the Clubhouse Restaurant remains a noted fine-dining venue where anyone can enjoy good food and fine wine in friendly and informal surroundings.

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