Like so many do at this time of year, a group of us were coming out of our hibernation and fear of colder, wetter temperatures to reconnect. Loved ones left behind, it was time to catch up, and this meant a celebration of anything remotely worth toasting to.
Of course, locals of Whistler have an amazing way of filling our schedules and so trying to agree to a dinner time is always daunting – there is an answer however and we found it at Mongolie Grill’s buffet of options. As everyone essentially eats independently as their dish is prepared, late comers are up to speed quickly.
Dietary preferences are also made simple, as choosing your own ingredients from the lengthy prep line can be as individual as you are. However, while the friendly and entertaining chefs do offer separate cooking utensils if you are a vegetarian, any allergies of nuts or gluten may want to be wary as the smorgasbord of gems knows no boundary line. The welcoming miso or sweet and sour soup is a great way to come together and leave the chilly exterior behind.
The servers earn their Pique Magazine “Best serving staff” stripes as they coached our team about the strategy of choosing, portion control and sauce suggestions. Still, my eyes and stomach got the better of me and I filled up my bowl with “starter” veggies and regretfully left little room for some of the big ticket items like portobello mushrooms, cashews and zucchini – there is skill required here and I don’t have it yet.
We marveled at the flipper wielding talents of the chefs as they sautéed our individual meals over the grill. Admittedly I also took note of some of the selections others had made like a carefully planned compilation of scallops, asparagus and mushrooms….obviously a master of the Mongolie was in our presence.
All the same, I was pleased with my Sea to Sky and Sesame sauce mixture and enjoyed the idea of leaving a restaurant with a full belly. It is easy to see why this is such a popular choice for hungry winter patrons after a hard day on the mountain, but if you can take advantage of the current 50 per cent off promotion it makes that satisfaction even greater! Load up!