Last week we were warned that there was going to be a cyclone hitting the Dubai coast around about lunch time on the day that I was planning lunch with The Geordie One. With this in mind I thought it best we stay locally so we headed off to Links at The Academy. The Academy is actually a state of the art golf teaching facility, adjacent to the Montgomerie Hotel, but we weren't there for golf, we were after some lunch and shelter from the impending cyclone.
Major major plus point about The Academy is that there is loads of parking, I really don't like having to park in a Mall to dine especially at lunch time. The Academy restaurant is light and spacious and decorated in lovely tones of beige and green, very relaxed.
We ordered the tuna tartare, capers, parsley, gherkins, garlic mayo and brown bread (45 dhs), which is actually of the starter menu. My friend ordered the griddled fillet of salmon with green pea sauce, asparagus, brocolli, garden peas, dill and new potato (70 dhs), which was from the main menu. I have uploaded some pictures here. The food was well presented and served quickly, however I did feel that for 45 dhs the tuna tartare was on the small side, portion wise.
All in all a great venue for lunch with dining al fresco which would have been perfect if we hadn't been waiting for the imminent cyclone!! we left The Academy at 2 pm expecting to be confronted with a cyclone, the car park was peaceful and there was very little wind....