During our recent business trip to Whistler, we hopped in a cab from our little cabin and told our driver we were going to Alta Bistro for dinner. ‘Nice choice!’ exclaimed the objective driver. ‘I love those guys.’
Now that’s a good start to a dinner experience.
The atmosphere was warm and comfortable right up front. We were seated by one of the owners, all of whom admittedly spend most of their time nurturing this little gem located just outside Whistler’s Marketplace.
We sat at their natural wood bar (refurbished, of course), and started with a house special cocktail: Barrel-Aged Negroni.
Although they are not a vegan restaurant exclusively, they were happy to accommodate our requests, and went out of their way to ensure tasty creativity with each course.
To start we had a Butternut Squash Soup, served with crispy horseradish and a basil leaf.
Second course was salad. Awesome. Arugula, pea shoots, iceberg lettuce, caramelized red onion, celery, raisins, dehydrated black olives, crisp fried sage and caraway seeds. Creative, but not trying too hard.
The main was a creation as well, with fennel puree, sauteed kale, granny smith apple, pan roasted parsnip, leeks, pomme allumettes and bull’s blood, which is a micro herb they grow in-house.
That was one of the neatest things about this little spot. They grow, create, sprout and can so many interesting things, all in-house. It’s a true sign of how much they love this business.
We polished up the evening with an after dinner drink called the Midnight Swing, a perky blend of espresso, vanilla infused bourbon, and lavender syrup. With no room for dessert (sadly), we bid these friendly fellows adieu (they serve modern French, after all) and headed into the village to take another friendly taxi ride back to the cabin.
#104-4319 Main Street