The 19th Hole in Carnoustie really ticks all the boxes when it comes to providing a hearty, family-friendly meal at a reasonable price.
Tucked away at the corner of Ferrier Street and Kinloch Street the 19th has recently undergone extensive refurbishment with a very modern and stylish bar area and eating section.
Upon entering, the staff could not have been more friendly, showing us to our table in the former lounge area which has been remodelled with a cosy hearth to provide a pleasant relaxing ambience.
When eating out we like to share so the chicken pakora starter was a no-brainer for us. The tender morsels of lightly-spiced Tandoori chicken in a crisp batter were well-matched with a sweet chilli dipping sauce that had just the right amount of heat and the platter was quickly emptied.
For her main course my other half had opted for the steak, pepper, onion and mozzarella open-faced ciabatta and after stealing half of her meal I heartily agreed with her choice.
Each slice was heaped with succulent strips of beef, there were lashings of fried onions and peppers and it was topped off with a liberal dollop of melted mozzarella.
I reluctantly returned the favour and shared my main course, the chicken fajitas. Served on a sizzling griddle the mountain of chicken, peppers, onions and Mexican heat was more than enough to fill the artfully arranged tortilla wraps.
The tortillas were pleasingly sturdy, and did not disintegrate after a few minutes of chomping.
Feeling brave we had brought along our little girl who can be an exceptionally fussy-eater at times, and although the children’s menu had plenty on it that she would normally devour, the little carnivore decided she would have the adult-sized steak burger with cheese and curly fries.
For the sake of completeness, because frankly I’m not sure we had any room left, we decided to try the chocolate fudge cake with vanilla ice cream. The cake was very rich and wonderfully gooey and disappeared in a flash as the three of us dug in.
We all agreed afterwards that a meal in the 19th was the perfect choice for those nights when you don’t fancy cooking but want to eat something tasty and a little bit different.