Friday, April 8, 2016

Araxi | Whislter Village


Our trip to Whistler in late February wasn't given enough attention here - I had time for one quick post before it was off to Quebec!

But now I'm taking it back to my birthday dinner on our first night in Whistler Village. Araxi is so, so good and a must visit if you've made the journey out to British Columbia's most exceptional ski resort. We had a group of 12 and I made reservations over a month in advance, even then the only time they had open was 6 pm. I had proclaimed The Progress (San Francisco) my favorite meal of 2016 at the time - this was back in January and the year was young. Araxi is another worthy contender, featuring an oyster bar and locally sourced Pacific Northwest plates in a swanky space. Just gaze at that platter of expertly shucked, glistening oysters, that remarkably smooth terrine of foie gras, those tender pink morsels of roasted venison....


In order of appearance (prices are in CAD)
Dungeness Crab + Egg Crepe Roll ($19.50) - fresh crab with avocado, wild sockeye salmon, yuzo mayonnaise, watercress salsa verdo, citrus soya and yuzu pearls
Firecracker Margarita ($13.50) | tequila blanco, Contreau, hibiscus, basil, lime, jalapeno, smoked sea salt rim. Araxi has an extensive and fabulous cocktail, spirits and wine list.
Quebec Foie Gras Parfait ($22.50) - red wine poached and spiced Okanagan pears, candied kumquats, toast
Oysters ($3.50 each) - Beach Angels, Cortes Island - deep cup, briny, tangy, clean kiwi like finish / Sawmill Bay, Read Island - briny, spicy, sweet fruity finish / Zen, Denman Island - plump, sweet, cucumber finish
Roast Loin of Venison ($45.50) - pepper crusted and roasted, Okanagan apple and pear chutney, crisp parmesan polenta, baby onions and Pemberton salsify
Seared Wild Scallops ($39.50) - light curry and orange glaze, toasted pine nuts, currants, butternut squash, broccoli and roasted ruttabaga with herb salad
Passionfruit Mousse (12.50) - lemon sponge cake with passionfruit mousse, toasted coconut mango sorbet and fresh pineapple


Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar
4222 Village Square
Whistler, BC VON 1B4, Canada

Araxi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

7 comments:

  1. This food is stunning! The creative plating reminds me of Cafe Art Science in Kendall Square. So glad you had such a killer birthday meal!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I JUST ate lunch, and now I desperately want those crab and egg rolls...

    ReplyDelete
  3. Everything is gorgeous. Those oysters!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Want to go back for the firecracker marg. Oh and everything else listed. The venison was by far the best entré!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Beautiful foods and artfully decorated plates. Araxi was the best choice to celebrate the Piscean birthday's!

    ReplyDelete
  6. That crab roll looks really yummy, the scallops too! The plating is really pretty.

    ReplyDelete
  7. wow!! what a beautiful looking birthday meal :)

    ReplyDelete