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Araxi in Whistler – dinner review August 11, 2008

Filed under: Canada,Food,Travel,Whistler,Whistler Restaurants — lovemyfood @ 1:21 pm

Unlike last time when we had one appetizer and desserts this weekend we opted for a full scale dinner and it wasn’t a mistake. The outdoor sitting in late afternoon (it was an early dinner) was a bliss, the service was good and so were the food and drinks.

I had a delicious Martini to start, it was fairly strong with pronounced apple flavour and delicious apple foam on top – it was called “In the Spirit”. For starters I had the Foie Gras parfait with toasted sour-dough baguette and raisin-rhubarb compote – the portion was, in my opinion, big enough for two (my husband enjoyed the benefits). My husband had the pan-seared Vancouver Island Octopus; both starters were very good.  My second course was a Lobster Risotto with large chunks of perfectly cooked Nova Scotia lobster (a whole 1lb lobster was used) summer squash, chanterelles, lemon-thyme and corn which had a wonderful flavour and aroma; the only draw back was the slightly over cooked rice – too soft rather than al-dente. Husband opted for the rabbit saddle wrapped in prosciutto with fingerling potatoes, carrot puree, turnips and a port glaze which he enjoyed.

Dessert was a repetition from last time – a black forest cake – consistently delicious by the way.

Overall a very nice experience, good service and wonderful location for patio fine dining in Whistler.

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Araxi and Bearfoot Bistro in Whistler July 21, 2008

Filed under: Canada,Food,Travel,Uncategorized,Whistler — lovemyfood @ 8:35 pm

Just so you know… Bearfoot Bistro has an Oysters special from 5pm to 7pm when oysters are $10 a dozen. I am really looking forward for the opportunity to have dinner in this restaurant as the the Head Chef Melissa Graig is receiving a lot of praise.

WWW: http://www.bearfootbistro.com

Address: 4121 Village Green (inside the Best Western hotel)  Tel: 604-932 3433

We had a light meal in Araxi on the weekend and it was very good; the last time we were there was about two years ago and I recall it was good too. The cheese stuffed Zucchini blossoms were nice and delicate and the desserts were so pretty I had to take pictures!

The one on the left is a Raspberry Napoleon with Rose ice cream and Raspberry coulis; the one on the right is an interpretation of a Black Forest Cake with Cherry-Chocolate ice cream, caramel and reduces Kirsch or Sherry Brandy or something of that sort. Delish!

WWW: http://www.araxi.com

Address: 4222 Village Square  Tel: 604-932 4540

 

Rim Rock Cafe, Whistler June 22, 2008

Filed under: Canada,Food,Hidden Gems - BC,Travel,Vancouver Restaurants,Whistler — lovemyfood @ 9:21 pm

To be more precise the Rim Rock Cafe is in Creekside, about five minutes drive south of Whistler village.

You have probably seen it from the road but unless you know how good this place is you have probably never stopped. It is called a cafe but it is a restaurant. It is in an unassuming old building right off the highway but it has been there for the past twenty years. The menu is guaranteed to meet all tastes and desires but it never changes except for seasonal salads and daily specials to accommodate the regulars and keep their favorite dishes available at all times.

I have been there numerous times and I think this restaurant is the essence of Whistler; it is warm and cozy in the winter with a burning fireplace and airy and fresh in the summer when the patio is open. The food is excellent and I have never had a bad wine there either. The staff is very very nice, very professional and knowledgeable.

My recommendations:

Start with the antipasto for two which includes ceviche and tuna poke, smoked salmon and fried soft shell crab, shrimp cocktail and a cone roll with crab and mango.

Second course is tough but if you are out there for the classics like lobster or steak and lobster they are done to perfection; if you want game meat there is absolutely nothing that can top the northern caribou with mushroom sauce; there are combination plates of three meats or three types of fish and seafood and they are delicious as well…and don’t forget the duck with foie gras on top with some caramelized peaches!

For dessert – and you better have room for dessert – try the sticky toffee pudding, you haven’t had one like it before. The creme brulee is also delicious.

WWW: http://www.rimrockwhistler.com/