Who doesn’t love going out for dinner? I am famous for saying the best thing I make for dinner is “A Reservation”
As a local of Whistler I have eaten at most of the restaurants – and I will blog about all my favorites in time. (Like Hy’s)
Most locals love the “Rim Rock Cafe” especially when it is not tourist season and they introduce the Tasting Menu at a price that is hard to turn down.
January 01st, 2010 New Years Day
On this special day many years ago my good friend Dave Foran was born, he loves to do a fabulous dinner out for his birthday and this year he chose “The Rim Rock Cafe” lucky me was invited; now I say lucky because not only did I get to go for dinner at the Rim Rock, but Dave is Whistler’s Sommellier of the year; which means we were all in for a treat…
Wine Pairing with our Food.
The evening started with a buzz around our table as the servers in a small town all know each other and come by to say hello and exchange the latest hype on food and wine or who’s in town…
While we looked over the incredible menu of varied choices we all ordered a cocktail; followed by a round of oysters on the half shell with a champagne vinaigrette / Rasputin with vodka, crème fraîche and caviar – it also came with a chili lime sweet pepper salsa that was just perfect with the oysters
Next to arrive at the table in a timely fashion was local Mussels in a light cream sauce and fennel , Smoked Sablefish and Lobster (my favorite), and a dish of Crab and Salmon Cakes with a Corn Coulis, last on the first course was a seared rare Ahi Tuna with soya vinaigrette – every dish was prepared immaculately and garnished with such ability, each plate literally melted in our mouths. Fresh , flavorful, and hot. The wine a 2007 White Treana Voignier/Marsanne – Dave’s choice was perfect and paired beautifully with each dish – I find this a very interesting art.
Treana has vibrant floral aromas and ripe stone fruit flavors – a wine of excellent balance and complexity, and apparently ages well.
The Main Course
I love the rack of lamb – it was juicy, cooked to perfection, (medium rare) and always has incredible flavor, the vegetables were bright and crisp, just the way I prefer. The other dishes appeared creative and a little more riskier, the Caribou looked fabulous and was tender, it came with a sauce that was rich and decadent, truffle butter, porcini cream and a red wine demi glace. A Rim Rock Trio of Sablefish, Ahi Tuna and Tiger Prawns looked very inviting, a great little taste of each item and perfectly done. With the main course Dave chose Marichel Syrah 2006 Naramata – I have been a fan of this region for a few years now. Marichel winery is fast becoming another of BC’s cult status wineries – a rich brilliantly purple hued wine with expressive black fruits with hints of anise knocks it out of the park.
I loved the idea of a dessert plate with an array of choices, oh it was to die for, I don’t know if you’ve ever had the famous Rim Rock sticky pudding, but a mini version was perfect, with two scoops of ice cream, two truffles, death by chocolate, with raspberry purée and whipped cream, cream Brule. Oh my – that was phenomenal!
For a night-cap and to go with our lavish desserts Dave ordered us a dessert wine called Quady “Essencia” Muscat from California a perfect choice – orange and apricot flavors that melded superbly with the dark chocolate in our desserts. http://bit.ly/6iE20y
Dave helped the neighboring table chose an after dinner drink, and shared a little knowledge about our local BC vineyards.
Everyone had a splendid evening, the Rim Rock Cafe lived up to its fabulous reputation with excellent friendly service, a delightful atmosphere, and the cab back to the village was $15 – well worth the money…
The price for this irreplaceable evening with tip at 20% for four adults was $610.00
It is said – “It’s in who you know” – but my mentor Peter Legge will tell you “If you don’t know anything you won’t know anyone”
In my case a little knowledge could be dangerously expensive, especially when it comes to the wine I like and having a Sommellier as a friend.
Cheers! [tweetmeme source=whistlerheather only_single=false]