The Calcutta Grill has full course of favorites at the Newcastle Golf Club

January 19, 2009

By Jim Feehan

I haven’t played a round of golf since 1986, but I’ve been to The Golf Club at Newcastle numerous times in the past three years. What keeps bringing me back is The Calcutta Grill, the golf club’s restaurant.

Come for the excellent food, friendly and attentive wait staff, and while you’re there, enjoy the breathtaking view of Bellevue and Seattle. The name Calcutta conjures up images of India, but this calcutta is a golfing term.

The term “calcutta” describes a type of auction-pool wagering that can be applied to golf and many other sporting events. In golf, a calcutta is most common at a tournament featuring four-person teams, but a calcutta can be held in conjunction with any type of golf tournament.

But enough of the golfing references. The restaurant’s menu focuses on Northwest favorites, seafood and steak.

The lunch menu includes four burger choices ranging from $12 to $14 (blue cheese; the Calcutta, a burger with peppered bacon, smoked gouda and cheddar cheese; chipotle barbecue, with peppered bacon, cheddar cheese, spicy barbecue sauce, fried red onions and mushrooms; and the all American, with cheddar cheese, Thousand Island dressing and white onion).

If you’re not in the mood for a burger, the restaurant has six clubhouse specialties (macaroni and cheese, seafood fettuccine, wild king salmon, fish and chips, meatloaf again and peppered beef noodles). The lunch menu also includes an assortment of salads and sandwiches.

A grand plate of seafood fettuccine ($19) was my eventual choice. Mussels and clams were mixed into a creamy white sauce over fettuccine. The fish was moist and feathery light. It was cooked to perfection and the accompanying sauce was excellent.

The fettuccine, peppered beef noodle, and macaroni and cheese entrées make a return appearance later in the day on the dinner menu.

The rest of the dinner menu offers the traditional seafood, meat and pasta dishes. For meat lovers, The Calcutta Grill offers a 24-ounce porterhouse steak with sautéed button mushrooms ($49), beef tenderloin ($37) and pork chops with shitake cream sauce ($24). All of the meat entrées include a choice of roasted or mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

For those who prefer seafood, the restaurant offers sea scallops in vanilla brown butter with chestnut risotto ($32); sea bass with roasted wild mushrooms ($37); and wild king salmon in citrus butter sauce, parsley-caper salad and roasted potatoes ($30).

The restaurant has an elegant interior featuring lush wooden accents, wicker chairs, spacious booths and a large fireplace. The outdoor patio has a great view of the golf course and Seattle and Bellevue.

Between May and September, a Scottish bagpipe player performs nightly at sundown.

Sunday brunch is offered from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The varied menu includes omelets along with poached salmon, roast beef, french toast, waffles, fruits, cheeses and vegetables. Brunch is $31.95 for adults ($12.95 for children 4-12), substantially less than the $45 it costs to have brunch at the Space Needle.

If you’re looking to unwind after work, The Calcutta Grill’s happy hour — from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday offers items such as calamari, teriyaki steak tidbits, peppered garlic fries and a mini chicken Caesar salad, each for $3.95. Drinks are $2.95 and $3.95.

You don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy the great food and view at reasonable prices. Quite simply, The Calcutta Grill is a culinary hole-in-one.

Calcutta Grill

15500 Six Penny Lane, Newcastle

793-4646

11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday

www.newcastlegolf.com

Reservations are recommended, especially for brunch

Beer, wine and liquor served

Major credit cards accepted

Soups and salads $4 to $19; lunch entrées $11 to $22; dinners $13 to $49

Reach Reporter Jim Feehan at 392-6434, ext. 239, jfeehan@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

Restaurant reviews are a regular feature of The Issaquah Press. Reviewers visit restaurants unannounced and pay in full for their meals.

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