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Great sushi in Whistler and general comments

OPJK | Mar 5, 200208:53 AM     3

Greetings from a New York chowhound.

I was recently skiing at Whistler/Blackcomb and had a great dining experience. In trying to find some good raw fish and avoid the huge wait at Sushi Village, I wandered over to Ka-ze. I was glad I did.

My fiancee and I sat at the sushi bar and struck up a conversation with the chef. We asked if he would just start making dishes for us (omikase was not listed as an option), and he provided a series of fabulous, well-crafted dishes. Not only was the fish extremely fresh and well cut, but he would also provided specific sauces or advice on how to best enjoy each dish. (We even had roasted tuna cheeks, a first for me.) It was an excellent, memorable meal.

A shocker was the price. With a bottle of sake and taxes (before tip), this feast for two (about 8 or 9 courses) cost Can$107! In New York a comparable meal would easily cost about C$275-300.

My fiancee has family in BC and has been going to Whistler forever. She remembers a great sushi place, maybe called Inigiku. It turns out that Ka-ze is the continuation of that establishment. The current chef bought the older establishment and moved it to its current location. Unfortunately, the downturn in tourism from Japan has hurt business.

As a general comment, we ate very well at Whistler, were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of BC wines, and thoroughly enjoyed the exchange rate. However, the service was consistently weird. It happened a number of times that we would have excellent service throughout a meal, but once desert was served, the waiter would disappear - not in the "enjoy your dessert and after-dinner drinks at your leisure" sort of way, more in the "I'm going to leave the building for 45 minutes" manner. Repeatedly, we had difficulty in getting a check. But overall, dining was a quite satisfying.

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