Well, it is now official; La Ruá is my favorite restaurant. No, it is not in Vancouver, but in Whistler in the Upper Village. When we lived in Whistler it was my favorite but since we have now lived in Vancouver for two years, and have tried as many restaurants as possible, I thought I might have changed my mind. However, this week we spent two days biking and eating our way through Whistler and La Ruá wins again.
The food is fabulous, the service is great and the atmosphere is elegant but inviting, and the three courses special for $45 offers an incredible value for this quality of dining. There are two options for the three courses – two appetizers and a main or one appetizer, one main and one desert, Jeff chose the former and me the latter. We both started with a daily special, Jeff the Salmon and Halibut Chowder, and I the chilled prawns. The chowder was delicious and the prawns were cooked perfectly and served with a tangy horseradish for a great ‘zip’. Jeff then ordered the Wild Baja Scallop Ravioli which of course he shared; the scallop was definitely large enough for both of us to try and the pea shoots in butter sauce were so fresh and flavorful. For main courses I chose the B.C. Sablefish with soba noodles in dashi broth and Jeff chose the stuffed Salmon and lemon risotto, another daily special. The Sablefish has always been my favorite with the soy marinated fish and the salty broth with shimejji mushrooms being a perfect combination. The Salmon was stuffed with baby shrimp and mascarpone and the béarnaise with a hint of orange was the perfect sauce. With a bottle of Burrowing Owl Pinot Noir and Warm Apple and Pear Strudel for desert it was another memorable dinner at an always memorable restaurant.
Other Whistler Activities
As we spent two days biking the great cross-country trails in the Lost Lake Bike Park and the Valley Trail we figured we got enough exercise to enjoy other good meals and good beverages at a few of Whistler’s other establishments. The Whistler Golf Club was a great resting spot to down an Arnold Palmer Ice-Tea along the trail (Thanks Al). The Longhorn provided after biking cold ones and great entertainment from the Bike Park. We joined some friends for a surprisingly good dinner at Monk’s and enjoyed an après in the Attic at 21 Steps. It was a great trip! We love to visit, but still love to call Vancouver home.