Araxi is one of Whistler’s most popular and high end restaurants. I have been wanting to eat here for a long time and finally had the opportunity to check them out. It was a total experience from service to the incredible food. I loved just looking around while I was at my table here as I felt like I was in the middle of a production. I would watch a large table be served their tasting menu with a line up of staff marching out, all holding gorgeously plated food and placing it in front of diners all at the same time. I cannot imagine the planning and precision that goes on in the Araxi kitchen.
Hard work does not go unnoticed. In the private dining room at Araxi, they have a portion of their wall covered in accolades and awards. They are definitely one of BC’s best restaurants.
The private dining room is lined with an infinite selection of wine. They have received awards for their wine list as well as awards for their sommelier. Pardon the poor quality of this photo. I was having a tough time with the lighting this evening but I really wanted to show how organized their wines are.
You know a restaurant is about to seriously impress you when their house bread and butter makes you go crazy. There were 2 different types of bread rolls and both were delicious. The butter was magical. They must have made it because it was the smoothest butter I have ever had.
Araxi has an extensive cocktail list. We chose the peach sangria and the Basil Fawlty. If you don’t know Basil Fawlty, he is played by John Cleese in Fawlty Towers (a British comedy about a husband and wife who ran a hotel in the 70s). He was portrayed as a crazy man full of antics. The drink was not crazy though like him. It was very refined and planned. The flavours of vodka, peach, basil and lemon worked so well together. I really enjoyed the crushed ice in this drink too. It was very summery. I think Basil Fawlty would have been a little more relaxed if he was drinking his drink.
We had the truffle fries to start. They were perfect. The fries had such a fantastic crunch while still maintaining a fluffy interior. The truffle flavour was not overwhelming. I loved the piles of parmesan cheese on top. The chives speckled throughout gave this dish a fresh note. You must order these when at Araxi. They were some of the best fries I have ever had.
The prawn and pea risotto was phenomenal. It was luxuriously creamy and all elements of the dish came together so harmoniously. I felt like there was an endless amount of perfectly cooked prawns in this dish. The peas were so fresh and still had a great crunch to them. The pea shoots on top gave just the right earthiness to all the decadence. Simply amazing.
Araxi is known for utilizing local products as much as possible. Their beef tenderloin was from Canada and had amazing, rich flavours. The steak was buttery and cooked as asked, to medium. The potato gratin had aged cheddar and lots of butter in it that helped it get a delicious, crunchy top. I could not count how many thin layers of precisely cut potato were in the gratin.
It was very difficult to make a dessert choice. All the options sounded incredible but we only had space for one. Luckily, our server helped us by recommending the lemon tart. Its their most popular dessert. I am officially ruined for all other lemon tarts after this one. The lemon curd was pleasantly confusing. The curd was rich and creamy but disappeared off your tongue very quickly. The housemade creme fraiche ice cream lent a refreshing flavour. The raspberry coulis, rocks and gels were all so fresh and gave so many different textures in this perfect dessert. I hope they never take this item off the menu.
Araxi has an extensive oyster bar. Unfortunately, I am not an oyster fan but I did snap a shot of them. If you like oysters, this is the place to get them. Other tables around us were ordering beautifully plated seafood towers that looked fun to eat.
I like the sweet touch with the bill at the end of your meal. These little creations were delightful.
This was one of my top 5 most favourite meals. I am definitely adding Araxi to my must eats when in Whistler.