My family and I were in Whistler and Vancouver over the Christmas holidays. We had a great time experiencing snow for the first time up in Whistler, what a beautiful place. Our food highlights are as follows:
Our flight to Vancouver was delayd so by the time we got into the city it was 2:00 am. So much for a nice late night meal, oh well. The next morning we made our way to Paul's Place on Granville for a much needed hot breakfast. A nice neighborhood restaurant, cozy with good food. My wife enjoyed their eggs florentine, my son and I shared pancakes, bacon and eggs.
On to Whistler where we made our way to Caramba, a busy, noisy but fun spot. We enjoyed their grilled calamari drizzled with olive oil and fresh herbs. Dinners were wood fired pizza, roast chicken and a terrific pasta dish of sausage and tomato over rigatoni, the best dish of the night.
Another dinner was at the Dubh Linn Gate where we had beer battered fish and chips and fresh corned beef and cabbage. The corned beef and cabbage was perfect for the cold weather, hot, filling, a real rib sticker. That and a Kokanee made for one happy dad.
We tried Sushi Village and everyone had a great meal there, a very popular place with about a 45 minute wait. Sushi was very decent, not the best grades but at the price offered we thought it to be of good value.
We stopped for lunch one day at the Brewhouse, where they served an excellent freshly grilled chicken and bacon clubhouse sandwich. Next time we will go there for dinner and have their prime rib which cooks over their open fire pit.
Last dinner in Whistler was at the Keg, just ok, nothing special but extremely popular. Guess we will stick to Hy's next time around.
Back to Vancouver for Christmas Eve and Day. Unfortunately we learned most places close during this period and most of our favortie restaurants weren't open. Oh well, got to make the best of it. Had a great dim sum lunch at Victoria Chinese in the Royal Centre. Mostly asian clientele and excellent food. No dim sum carts so you order off the menu and every dish arrives freshly made and piping hot. Great crispy spring rolls, hau gar, siu mai and char siu bau. Very reasonable and filling. We noticed many tables ordering the cannelloni in soy sauce and Taiwan meat dumplings, so we have to go back someday to try those.
Gyoza King was another good meal. Ramen, age dashi tofu, grilled mackerel and chicken gyoza were all very well prepared and tasty when washed down with some japanese beer. Seemed to be a very young, energetic crowd there, so it was lively and fun.
Christmas dinner was at the William Tell Restaurant. Rather formal place with a decidedly older clientele. Very good service and we received a warm reception from the owners there. Dinner consisted of smoked salmon with herbed cream cheese and crispy bagel chips, a delicious pumpkin soup which surprised us all with its creamy texture, and roasted turkey with stuffing and whipped potato. A very nice satisfying meal and at what we thought was a very reasonable price given what some of the hotels were asking for buffets and set meals. Dessert was a rich pudding in rum sauce which my son declared to be awesome.
That was it, my son is already asking when we can go snowboarding again in Whistler. Have a great New Year everyone.