4222 Village Gate Square
T: 604 932 4540
Brief Description: One of Whistler’s most popular restaurants. Araxi is a formal restaurant that prides itself on offering good, local food. Prices are in the mid to high range but well worth the price.
Happy belated Canada day! I was away
camping glamping for the long weekend and, even though it rained the WHOLE time, we still had a great time up at Birkenhead Lake (past Pemberton). As seasoned glampers we are well-prepared to ensure that we eat really well whilst away. However, even we were unprepared for the epic start to our glamping weekend. The morning began innocently enough with freshly baked scones, strawberry custard danishes (oh hell, yeah!) and croissants from Cadeaux Bakery, before stopping by Revolver for a steamy hot latte to clear away the brain-fog.
In between bites of danish and scone (seriously, you gotta try the seasonal strawberry custard danish), and sips of coffee, I was scrolling through my twitter feed when I saw that Araxi had opened their patio for the summer season. What perfect timing! Knowing that I was sharing the ride up with other serious foodies, I happened to casually mention the tweet and with one shared look, we made plans to stop at Araxi for lunch. Yes, I’m a glutton. Oh, did you not know that already?
Araxi is easily one of my favourite Whistler restaurants and, having only been there for dinner, I was looking forward to trying it out for lunch. The menu appears slightly more casual for lunch than the dinner menu yet the Louis Lake Steelhead Salmon, with a side of lemon chives risotto, was still impressive. The fish, perfectly flaky atop the bed of creamy risotto, was a highlight. At $19.50 it was certainly well-worth the drive.
Louis Lake Steelhead
Other dishes at the table were the Halibut Tacos and the BC Albacore Tuna Tataki with daikon radish, shiso, cucumber pearls and ponzu. To me, although extremely tasty, the tacos seemed a little out-of-place for the refined Araxi.
BC Albacore Tuna Tataki with daikon radish, shiso, cucumber pearls and ponzu.
Final Thoughts: Not only is Araxi open for dinner, but they also do a Sunday brunch and, for summer only, their patio is open from 11am to 3pm for lunches. Personally, I find the prices are actually quite reasonable for the quality that you get. My lunch, including a glass of bubbles and the steelhead came to $35, including tax and tip.
(As if all this food wasn’t enough, we also finished our day with amazing porcini sausages from Oyama, carrot cake from Cadeaux Bakery, and macarons from Bel Cafe – if this is the regular camping menu, sign me up every weekend!!)