Pole Creek Golf Course swings back into the restaurant business
July 25, 2008
For the first time in almost a dozen years, the Fraser Metropolitan Recreation District has taken back operation of its restaurant space at the Pole Creek Golf Course.
Doors opened to Bistro 28 at the end of May and the team has big plans for the place.
“It’s kind of exciting to take it back over,” said Restaurant Manager Nigel Conners. “It gives us a greater ability to go in the direction we want to go.”
With the “Meadow” front nine built in 1982, the “Ranch” back nine built in 1983, and the “Ridge” nine completed in 1999, Conners said, the concept of Bistro 28 is the final “hole” to round out course play.
Conners and head chef Gary Armstead (who served as executive chef at SilverCreek and before that at The Vintage) have put together an ambitious menu that tries to appeal to everyone, not just golfers.
Nothing off the lunch menu is more than $10 and nothing on the dinner menu is more than $20.
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“We purposefully priced ourselves fair with the economic times,” Conners said,
adding that they also try to use fresh, organic products when possible. “You can taste the difference.”
Several menu items reflect Conners’ Australian heritage and Armstead, who estimates he’s been cooking since he was 15, incorporates the textures and different flavors of the Asian style in which he specializes.
Since the two combined their ideas and opened the bistro doors, they’ve been serving about 30 breakfasts, close to 100 for lunch, and 20 to 30 guests per day for dinner on an average weekend. Inside they can seat about 60 people, and there’s enough room for about 40 people outside on the deck overlooking the putting green, the meadow, Sheep Mountain and portions of the Continental Divide.
Favorites include the hand-battered fish and chips, portobello mushroom burger, the ahi-grade tuna, fire-roasted pork chop, pulled pork, Kobe beef sliders, and the Thai-style items (especially the satay wrap and beef salad).
“Everybody so far loves it,” Conners said. “It’s well-priced, fresh, and a relaxed atmosphere.”
Drink favorites include JT’s Aim Straightener, named after golf pro Jim Thompson who has been with Pole Creek since 1992 (with vodka, soda water and cranberry juice), the Millionaire’s mojito, and the Dark and Stormy (rum and ginger beer). The bar menu is available 3 to 7 p.m. and has a wine list specifically priced at a reasonable value. Happy hour is 5 to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday with $2 beers and $3.50 well drinks.
Specialty services include golfers ordering off the greens for pickup, Couples Night every second Tuesday (set menu of two choices for $25), gift certificates, and special events catering.
With construction of a new clubhouse set to start in August and a good season under
their belt by next year, the team has been talking about opening up the venture year round starting next summer. The new clubhouse restaurant has plans for seating for about 72 inside, 60 on the deck, and 24 in the bar. They also hope to expand its dinner hours.