Gastronomy at the Vista Balancal combines local culinary tastes with a southern European flavour.
Set under the 18th green at Madeira Island Palheiro Golf, the Vista Balancal sits high above Funchal and affords a glorious panorama of the bay, the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Vista Balancal 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 scabbardfish sautéed with chive and mushroom sauce.
The grilled beef entrecôte 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 Vista Balancal 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 Vista Balancal remains a noted fine dining venue where anyone can enjoy good food and fine wine in friendly and informal surroundings.
Phone: (+351) 291 603 747 (chamada p/rede fixa nacional)
Vista Balancal is open daily from 08:30 to 21:30 (Last food orders at 21:00)