We sent local photographer, John Entwistle to some of our favourite eateries around Whistler to capture a little menu magic with his lens. John is typically known for his epic landscape shots, but somehow this assignment to snap some incredible food also appealed to him – we wonder why. From mountaintops to Caesar salad, waterfalls to crème brûlée, forests to brisket sandwiches, John covers it all.
Be warned – this post has the ability to make you drool.
Located in the heart of Whistler Village, Araxi has been at the pinnacle of the Whistler food scene for over 30 years. They win award after award for their regional cuisine based on a menu of local, sustainable ingredients, led by Executive Chef James Walt. Their wine cellar features over 11,000 bottles, their cocktail list is outstanding, and if you’re there for après then the oysters are a great call. Araxi is a must for any “foodies” visiting the mountains.
The Rootdown Farm Beet Salad tastes incredibly fresh.
The Duo of Paradise Valley Pork practically melts in your mouth.
The Varlhona Chocolate Fondant is not too rich, but just rich enough.
Nestled next to Nita Lake in Creekside, a quick five-minute taxi ride from Whistler Village, is Aura. Their menu is filled with locally-sourced produce that merges traditional French cooking techniques with a love of west coast ingredients. The cocktail list is extensive and the atmosphere is mountain contemporary, making Aura a great option for an incredible date night, celebration, or for the family that really appreciates good food.
The Caesar Salad – just look at that bacon…
Rossdown Farms Free-Range Chicken Breast accompanied with smoked corn potato ratatouille, covered in a delicious Madeira jus.
The White Chocolate Crème Brûlée has just the right amount of crunch.
Just steps from the base of Whistler Mountain you can slip into the warmth and vitality of Mexico. With their made-to-order margaritas, crowd-pleasing favourites like tacos, enchiladas, and ceviche, and innovative specials like pork belly and scallops in Pipián sauce, Mexican Corner certainly brings Mexico to the mountains. It has a lively atmosphere, stunning decor, and an extensive tequila selection – a definite for your reservations list.
The beginning of an epic meal with the Chorizo Sopecito and Escabeche de Mariscos.
Ensalada de Otono provides an excellent in-between course. Or, on colder days, opt for the Tortilla Soup.
If you are going to do tacos, this is the place – Cochinita Pork at it’s finest.
The menu at Fifi’s has “made-in-house” all over it, and speaks to the passion of its owners. Located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, this bistro and cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with some great vegetarian and vegan options. It’s also good to note that they do a fantastic cup of coffee, and their selection of baked goods makes it hard to get out of there without a sweet treat or two.
They make their java with organic Salt Spring coffee, and the cappuccino is so good.
A benny fit for a king, featuring bread baked in-house and freshly roasted ham.
A hearty but healthy lunch – the Roasted Tandoori Cauliflower Sandwich.
Located on Main Street, Hunter Gather is the place to come for a wide variety of hearty sandwiches, healthy veggie bowls, and locally-brewed craft beer. Moving away from the classic “burger and fries,” they have a unique selection of sides including wilted greens, coleslaw, and “Pemberton’s Best” smashed potatoes. With its funky decor, communal bench tables, and casual self-serve approach, Hunter Gather has fast become a favourite with Whistler locals.
The Harmony Bowl is filled with just about everything that is good, soaked in a miso broth.
The artwork on the surrounding walls will almost distract you from the feast before your eyes.
The Brisket Sandwich piled high with some of the tastiest slow-cooked beef on a soft brioche bun – possibly the best sandwich in Whistler.
So, how’s that drool going? Tempted by anything in particular? With the range going from fine dining to causal comfort food, international cuisine to Pacific Northwest-inspired menus, it’s hard to know what to choose. Our suggestion is that you add a little variety to your dinner plans and go for a bit of everything. Note that over the busy winter season reservations are key to securing some of your must-eat places. Happy chomping!