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Monday, January 16, 2017

Lunch at Sydney's Pub

Sydney's Pub, Tiburón Golf Club

Tiburón is a residential and golf development in Naples, FL. Developed in the late 1990's, it is also home to the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples.

Tiburón means "shark" in Spanish. It reflects the moniker "great white shark" given to the champion golfer, Greg Norman, who designed the golf courses here. Tiburón has two 18 hole golf courses. It is home to the Franklin Templeton Shootout, an off season event that hosts members of the PGA tour. It is also where the CME Group Tour Championship is held, the season ending event of the LPGA tour.

Tiburón has a 27,000 square foot clubhouse featuring many amenities. One of these is a restaurant, Sydney's Pub (SP). Although SP is part of the golf club, it is open to the public as is the golf course. Tiburón was taken over in September of 2016 by the golf management company, Troon. Troon's Director of Marketing for Tiburón, Ricky Potts, contacted me to try some of the new fare on SP's menu.

As you enter SP, there is an ample amount of seating indoors at either tables or at the bar. There is also outdoor seating offering a nice view of the golf course, which incidentally, is an Audubon Cooperative Golf Sanctuary.

Management at SP was extremely generous, providing food gratis and taking my dining companion and I on a whirlwind "Taste of Tiburón".

We were given a number of starters to sample, the first of which were fried dill pickles. I love fried pickles, and acquired a taste for them after spending time in Mississippi where they are almost considered a delicacy. The pickles were served with a cilantro-lime ranch dressing. These were very good.

Lemon-garlic grilled chicken wings followed, covered in a tzatziki sauce of cucumber and Feta cheese with Kalamata olives. The wings were moist and meaty and the cucumber and cheese a good accompaniment. This starter was good, but my favorite was yet to be served.

We finished our sampling of the appetizer menu with an absolutely delicious charcuterie and cheese plate. Finocchiona salami, a fennel seasoned salami, wild boar sausage tempered with cloves and juniper berries as well as sopressa comprised the meat portion of this dish. Beemster XO, a Gouda-type cheese aged at least 26 months, Manchego and Humbolt Fog cheeses, the latter being a soft, mild goat cheese and one of my favorites, made up the cheese portion of this starter. Fruit marmalade, whole grain mustard and grilled sourdough triangles sealed the deal, and made for a delicious and "will order again" appetizer.

A salad followed, with baby arugula, spiced pecans, roasted pears, Humbolt Fog cheese and a blood orange-sherry vinaigrette. This was a nice salad, and a good intermezzo in between our appetizers and the next two courses.

Beer battered grouper was next, and served with seasoned fries and in house made coleslaw and tartar sauce. The fish was extremely fresh and very, very good made all the better by it's accompaniments.

We finished the menu items with the restaurant's version of a Cuban sandwich. Their Cubano was served with mojo pork, Nueske ham, Manchego cheese, Dijon mustard and in house made pickles. I am usually a big fan of a good Cuban sandwich. Nueske's ham is considered a good cut of meat, however it is smoked and very highly salted. When used in this type of dish, I thought it tended to take over, minimizing the flavor of the other ingredients. If ordered again, I would ask the ham either be changed or left out.

We ended with an item not yet on the menu. Our dessert was a lemon-flavored panna cotta- inspired cream dessert with strawberries. This was a light and refreshing end to the meal, and a good flavor contrast between the panna cotta like cream and fruit. I say panna cotta-inspired as the cream in this dish was not solidified with any gelatin, making for a liquid consistency. None the less, it was very good and I really enjoyed it.

We were also treated to tastes of the pub's signature Tiburón Red beer and a sampling from their wine selection. All were good.

The food at SP was good to very good and I will definitely be back. It is a nice venue to have a meal after a round of golf, if staying at the adjacent Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, or if just in the area!

It's a wrap for another post on Forks.

Sydney's Pub

2620 Tiburón Dr.
Naples, FL 34109

Complementary valet parking; all major credit cards accepted; no kids meals, open 11-7 PM Mondays and 11-5PM Tuesday-Sunday; 20% gratuity added to all checks

To view properties for sale in Tiburón click here 

Entrance, Tiburón Golf Club
Indoor dining area, Sydney's Pub

Bar, Sydney's Pub

Outdoor dining, Sydney's Pub

Fried pickles with chipotle lime ranch dressing

Lemon-garlic grilled chicken wings

Charcuterie and cheese plate

Slow roasted Bosc pear salad

Florida grouper and chips

Cubano sandwich

Lemon cream with strawberries
To view properties for sale in Tiburón click here

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