‘This is a bloke’s place,’ announces our drinking companion upon arriving at Trent’s at Al Badia Golf Club. No doubt he imagined himself reclining in one of the bar’s armchairs with an oversized cigar (which they sell) and a well-tended moustache (which they don’t). Actually, we could more easily imagine our grandmother settling in here for the crossword than Dave from the pub coming in for the sports. Perhaps no bigger than the average front room in a Marina apartment, the bar is filled with brown leather booths and dark wooden surfaces, with a single French window looking out over a little veranda and the golf course. There’s also a TV on each side of the room, one showing the news, and one for the sport. While it may not be the plushest spot we’ve visited, it certainly gives The Academy at the Montgomerie Golf Club’s driving range a run for the money. Drinks prices are reasonable, at Dhs35 for the cheapest glass of grape and Dhs38 for a draught beverage, and we were pleased to be offered prawn crackers instead of the usual bar nuts. Yet the remainder of the food may leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. Famished upon arrival, we ordered a chicken shawarma sandwich, and what arrived was a largely tasteless greasy mess, with hunks of gristley chicken wedged inside. Snacks aside, it’s a decent enough joint for Mirdif, Festival City and Garhoud residents looking for a quiet drink, but probably not enough to tempt those who’ve migrated down towards Dubai’s newer neighbourhoods.