Dining in Whistler – Elements Urban Tapas, Crystal Lounge and Wildwood Bistro
Well the snow came down and down and down during our week trip to Whistler. After dining out several times the first few days we stayed inside in front of the fireplace while the snow fell. We then managed to get out for a brunch at Elements Urban Tapas, to watch the Canucks lose at the Crystal Lodge Lounge and to the Wildwood Bistro for breakfast before heading home.
Elements is located on Main Street in the Summit Lodge and was our favourite breakfast spot when we lived in Whistler (if we could get in). At Elements nothing has changed – which is a good thing. The food is absolutely delicious. It seems like a strange thing to say but they can cook an egg better than anywhere we have ever tried. The presentation of the meals is also unique from a breakfast standpoint with their signature potato tartlet topped with chive crème fraiche accompanying every breakfast instead of the standard hashbrowns. Every breakfast also comes with a shooter smoothie in place of fruit. We both stuck with items we have loved before. I ordered the Tomato, Avocado Eggs Benny with aged cheddar and pesto hollandaise. I like my eggs cooked medium and these were perfect. The hollandaise is amazing and the added pesto makes it unique. Jeff ordered the Aged Cheddar and Honey Ham Frittata. The cheese was broiled to that perfect almost crisp finish. Again delicious.
Crystal Lodge Lounge is mostly a locals hang-out. The drinks are cheap compared to most of Whistler, there a at least 10 fairly large flatscreen TV’s and the food is not bad for a pub. The location is awkward, downstairs from the village stroll and next to the Old Spaghetti Factory which also might be why it is full of locals – it’s hard to find. If you can get one of the few red, deep comfy chairs in front of a TV it is like watching the game at home – with service. The Nachos Grande for $12.25 is a good value with lots of toppings and cheese.
This morning we had to check out of Whistler Vacation Club at Twin Peaks at 10am and decided to dine one more time in Whistler before heading home. We packed up the car and drove the block down the street to Wildwood Bistro & Bar located in the Whistler Racquet Club. We used to brunch here quite regularly when we lived in Whistler. The food is not quite as good as Elements but the space is bigger so easier to get in and the prices and the portions are good. The space is one big room with wooden tables and chairs, a large fireplace and lots of windows which this morning were letting in the bright sun. Did I mention it was minus 9 and we were ready to get back to Vancouver?
Jeff ordered the Banana Bread French Toast which is exactly as it sounds, banana bread made into french toast and served with pure maple syrup. I ordered The Enchilada which is a flour tortilla filled with scrambled egg, beans, red peppers, red onions and mushrooms and topped with sour cream and salsa. Both meals were good and we were both very full for the ride home. Our server was great and we were on the road in less than an hour.
Home in Vancouver
We headed home to Vancouver after a week in Whistler. While we were hoping to be back to Vancouver before the snow fell in Whistler we were about four days to late. But all of the people that came here to ski are very happy because the mountain is now open, one week ahead of schedule.