The second night in Whistler was the much anticipated Araxi.
The freshness and the smooth blended consistency of the tuna was the highlight of this dish. The spicy mayo could have used more flavor and I would have expected freshly grated wasabi root from “fine dining” but otherwise I quite liked this dish.
“This is the first time I’ve tried it sliced so thick, it is normally quite thin for a delicate, melt-in-your mouth texture. Having said that, the thickness did not matter in this case as the meat was very fresh and had a buttery consistency.” (Carn.H)
The meat had a cured, prosciutto like feel – and even though I’m not a big fan of raw beef, I quite liked it. ^^
Marinated slow-cooked octopus which was tasteless, chewy and a waste of octopus. It took me a second to figure out what it was and when I confirmed with the waiter he was quite impressed at my observation – either very few realize it is indeed octopus or he really did think I was stupid.
The smoked salmon really moist, flavorful and oily – but by itself it was not able to save the dish as the rest of the seafood – shrimp, scallop … (that’s all I can remember) was well cooked but bland. The little cucumber balls of flavor (gastronomy) were rendered a little useless as they simply rolled around and did not adhere to the seafood.
A good, solid dish. The baby beets were cooked perfectly and the mozzarella was quite fresh. The dressing… wasn’t very memorable at all which was ok since the greens were more like garnish then anything.
It did, however, take four tries for them to get it right.
C.Herb: “Excuse me, but there’s some specks floating around in my wine … Would you mind getting me another one?”
Waiter: “Oh! Wine naturally has filiments that aren’t always filtered out, but I’ll get you another glass.”
C.Herb: “I’m sorry, but there are still some specks floating about”
Waiter: “It’s probably just this particular wine, would you like to try another wine? It won’t make a difference even if it’s a new bottle”
Ok, another wine it is.
Waiter: “I just talked to the sommelier an it turns out I was mistaken, wine should never have filaments – it must have been from the drying cloth, so she personally dried this glass and it should be fine!”
C.Herb: *awkward laugh* “sorry, but there’s still some specks on the glass”
Waiter: “It should be fine now – oh! I see it now, our lighting is not as well over there. We’ll fix that”
C.Herb: “Yea, this one looks ok”
Lol~ there was still a single speck at the bottom but I’d given up… I wonder though, what the next excuse would have been.
The risotto was … edible, despite the large amount of butter it was floating in.
Yarrow Farm Duck Breast- good… but not impressive. The duck was tender, the flavors were mild and showcased the true flavor of the duck – but in comparison, it’s not too much different from a Chinese roasted duck to warrant the much higher price tag.
I’m not a fan of gnocchi so I can’t tell u whether this was a good representation or not – but – I can tell you that it was doughy/gooey but slightly gritty at the same time. The flavor was quite mild and really didn’t taste like much other than cooked dough…
… What was even sweeter though, was the piping hot chocolate lava inside. I think the flavors were meant to balance out in the end but the rubbery overcooked cakey exterior was not a very welcoming companion.
While I was disappointed with that portion of the dessert – the nicely flavored Earl Grey ice cream more than made up for the fondant.
The pistachio squares on the other hand were an unnecessary attempt at making this common-ish dessert a little more unique.
– C.Herb –
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