Nita Lake Lodge
2131 Lake Placid Road
T: 604 966 5700
Brief Description: An upscale European restaurant with a particular focus on local produce, including produce from the lodge’s own garden. The lakefront location is stunning, as is the food. Prices are mid-range but the quality bar is high.
Whilst visiting Whistler for the Araxi Long Table Dinner, we decided to add a much-anticipated return visit to Aura restaurant to our itinerary. After a gorgeous drive up on the Sea to Sky, we pulled into Nita Lake Lodge at about 7pm and were sitting on the lakefront patio an hour later. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to indulge in the five course tasting menu for $65 each. Considering the quality of the food that we received, I felt that the tasting menu represented great value for money. Wines by the glass, on the other hand, were a little on the pricey side.
The view throughout our meal.
First Course: Oysters
Second Course: Beef tartare and mixed mushroom parcels.
Third Course: Roasted wild BC salmon, golden beets, fresh herbs and beet couscous, crème fraiche, pistachio and houseradish crumble.
Fourth Course: Prosciutto wrapped chicken leg filled with herb mousse and served with grilled corn, leeks, buttermilk mash and whiskey jus.
Fifth Course: Vanilla bean pannacotta, with blueberry sorbet, coconut, lemon and raspberry.
All of the dishes were wonderfully executed but there were two dishes that really stood out for me. One was the prosciutto wrapped chicken leg, as it was succulent yet with a slight crunch thanks to the prosciutto. The other dish was the dessert. The reason for this was due to the balance of texture and the combination of flavours. Within each bite, you had the creaminess from the pannacotta, a tang of lemon and raspberry, and a slight crunch from the toasted coconut. I recall that our dessert from the last time we were at Aura, a de-constructed lemon meringue dish, was also outstanding.
The service had improved quite a bit since our last visit. Our server’s friendly, laid-back style helped to create a relaxing dining experience for us. The interior of the restaurant is decorated with the lodge ambiance in mind, so think lots of wood and stone. But, trust me, if you are outside you will only be looking at the view and not worried at all about the decor. It is a great spot for a quiet, romantic dinner as it is far away from the hustle and bustle of Whistler village.