Whistler Village is a four season mountain destination with one goal–ensure visitors have a great time and lots to do! With four championship golf courses for non-snow days, and some of North America’s finest skiing and snow boarding, there’s lots of activity for everyone. If some in the group aren’t quite so keen on strenuous exercise, Whistler also has more than 200 shops and over 90 restaurants and bars.
My trip to Whistler was during ski season., so you can check out my other posts:
- Plan your ski trip to Whistler – http://guide2travel.ca/2012/11/planyour-ski-trip-to-whistler-north-americas-1-ski-resort/
- Zipline adventure jumping off Whistler Mountain (also year round) – http://guide2travel.ca/2012/07/staycation-stop-30-jumping-off-whistler-mountain/
But, back to the seafood…
Whistler is just 125 km from Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean, so the village is situated in a coastal range of mountains. What draws me to the Pacific is its seafood, particularly the salmon. So, on my Whistler vacation, I made sampling many seafood delights one of my priorities–and well, I’ll also confess there were also a few desserts to follow.
My first dinner was at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, in their Wildflower Restaurant. I started out with the Dungeness Crab cakes made with roasted garlic and red pepper mayonnaise, watercress and basil oil. The blend of flavors really enhanced the crab–making it a delicious starter.
My main dish was of course, the salmon, subtly seasoned with red onions and parsley, and served with new potatoes, green beans and one of my favorites, asparagus.
Dessert was just as tasty–pecan pie.
if you like a hearty breakfast before hitting the slopes–I sure do–I can also recommend their breakfast buffet. I particularly enjoyed the light-as-air crepes.
La Rua restaurant, at the foot of Blackfoot Mountain, featured seafood, steak and game. Our group chose to split some oysters on the half shell as an appetizer–they were chilled and served with a sauce Mignonette. If you’d like to try preparing some at home, here’s a great recipe: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/oysters_mignonette_sauce.html
For dinner, I select the Seafood Tagliolini, which consisted of prawns, scallops, mussels, and fresh fish tossed with tomato basil cream. Yum!
And finally, I had my third amazing seafood dish at the Four Seasons Restaurant. There were many to choose from, including pan seared wild salmon, braised halibut, seafood fettuccini, and appetizers such as seared sea scallops and mussel gratin.
While they all sounded awesome, I went with something out of the ordinary, the Black Cod lentil and salsify ragout, which I can highly recommend. Since, I’d skipped the appetizer I was able to finish with a lemon tart. And we can’t forget the wine list, either! There are many wonderful BC wines–I enjoyed the Mission Hill Sauvignon Blanc, but there are dozens to choose from.
Of course, all good things should end with dessert, so here’s some pecan pie to enjoy!
Great seafood restaurants in Whistler
- Four Seasons Restaurant -4591 Blackcomb Way Whistler, BC, (888) 935-2460 – http://www.fourseasons.com/whistler/dining/
- La Rua Restaurant – 4557 Blackcomb Way Whistler, BC, (604) 932-5011 – http://www.larua-restaurante.com/
- Wildflower Restaurant (at Fairmont Chateau Whistler) – 4599 Chateau Boulevard Whistler, BC, (604)938 8000 – http://www.fairmont.com/whistler/dining/thewildflower/