During my time in Whistler this last weekend, I had a memorable dining experience. So memorable in fact, that I don’t have any photos to remember it by. It is an odd occurrence that in today’s world of smart phones, Instragram, Twitter and FourSquare, I did not paparazzi my meal at Araxi. Ok, I have one, but it does not even come close to doing it justice.
Araxi is a reputable fine dining restaurant located in Whistler Village. Yes, for all you Gordon Ramsey fans, it is of Hell’s Kitchen fame -grand prize for season 6 winner Dave Levey was a position at Araxi during the 2010 Winter Olympics, under Executive Chef James Walt (season originally aired in 2009). But Araxi is so much more and has been around for so much longer -2o years to be exact. Their concept of using fresh, ingredients within a 100 mile radius is not too different from other regional restaurants but they excel in execution. Local sourced ingredients, and the freshest from the nearby Pacific Ocean, in one of Canada’s most scenic settings made for one of the best culinary experiences I have had in recent years.
To start off with, my group and I made reservations upon arriving in Whistler for what we thought would be a quiet Wednesday night, before the ski season had even commenced. It was completely booked up, but we took what we could get. Immediately upon arrival, the service was impeccable. Our waiter was knowledgable and helped us make our dining decisions as my group had a few dietary concerns. He suggested a wine that complimented my entree as though it had been created specifically for that meal alone.
I was intrigued by the sounds of chatter and laughter coming from the wine room and we were told the Wine Room can host an intimate group of people for a sit down dinner. I wanted to sit in this restaurant forever eating and sipping wine.
I was exhausted from the information overload you often feel after a conference, but Araxi brought my sense of taste and smell alive and this was how my four days in Whistler came to an end; on a extreme epicurean high.