Araxi Restaurant – Whistler’s Best

Araxi Restaurant

Araxi is part of the Top Table Restaurants Group. A chain that includes CinCin, Bluewater Cafe and three time ‘Restaurant of The Year’ winner, West. Araxi holds an international reputation for excellence in food, wine and hospitality, including award for ‘Best Restaurant in Whistler’ by Vancouver magazine for eight consecutive years. I met the general manager of Araxi during Big Night and he told me to give him a shout if I’m ever in Whistler.

Executive Chef James Walt creates his menus using locally sourced ingredients from nearby Pemberton Valley Farms. Araxi also showcase the freshest and finest from the Pacific Ocean. The Araxi dining room offers a lively ambiance enhanced with fresh flowers, original artworks and stunning wine displays. The adjoining bar is a hot spot with locals and visitors alike, and in the summer season the heated patio is surrounded by the vibrancy of the village and picturesque mountain vistas. I couldn’t think of a better restaurant to take the family for dinner. They even made a dish just for Sally!

Sally’s High End Baby Food & Fresh Canadian Oysters

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The Small Plates

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Seared Quebec Foie Gras served with Pemberton apple, pear and chili compote, toasted brioche. I can’t say no when I see Foie Gras on the menu.

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Citrus Cured Sockeye Salmon with Vancouver Island honey mussel salad and sake vinaigrette. You need to make sure your fork has a bit of everything to truly appreciate this dish.

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Nova Scotia Lobster with housemade truffle ricotta gnocchi, truffle nage and baby spinach.

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Dungeness Crab and Coconut Bisque served with cilantro, lemongrass and salsify. It was garnished with a crab and pea springroll.

The Entrees

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β€œKobe Style” Beef Shortribs cauliflower. Served with white beans with parsley and lemon gremolata red wine jus and Pemberton horseradish.

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Certified Angus Beef Ribeye with aged Quebec cheddar and potato gratin with vichy style carrots roasted shallots and sauce Madeira.

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House Smoked Arctic Char. Served with lemon, mint and mascarpone risotto with Vancouver Island octopus with sauteed Pemberton salsify.

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Alaskan Weathervane Scallops. Served with North Arm Farm sunchoke puree with maple vinaigrette and chorizo sausage.

The Desserts

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Okanagan Apples and mascarpone cheesecake with gingersnap crust apple Lillooet honey sorbet.

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Lemon Tart made with baked lemon curd in a sweet crust mixed berry sorbet and raspberry coulis.


60 thoughts on “Araxi Restaurant – Whistler’s Best”

  1. Robert says:

    The crab and bisque looks GREAT. Those dishes look like they’re right out of Top Chef. John, your dining posts are as much motivation as anything else to make money online or through business ventures in order to enjoy these experiences. Man, that salmon looked good.

    1. Wow! I agree Robert! I can’t believe the seafood… I’m presuming that the pictures are John’s order only… Wonder how much room he had for desert!

      1. Going to hit the slopes hard to burn off those calories, John?

    2. Put me down for the Salmon and the lemon tart!

      1. No wait, add the ribeye to that order!

      2. I’ll take the Nova Scotia Lobster, that’s lookin’ mighty tasty.

    3. mr nice guy says:

      Oh…the food really looks great and the restaurant’s specialties are also my favs…sounds good tastes even better πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  2. Niro says:

    lol, This looks yummy πŸ˜€ Yum Yum !

  3. FreePSDLogo says:

    Gotta keep those pics online (4 tax purposes πŸ‘Ώ )
    Just joking
    Nice food!

  4. Fitness Site says:

    wow. yummy food.
    But we dont earn so much money online to afford this food. πŸ˜†

  5. diet forum says:

    Sounds nice. The oysters look great!

    1. betshopboy says:

      Those oysters look out of this world! Yummy!

      1. Sava says:

        I hate oysters … don’t know how people can eat those … they make puke whenever I think of one even if they look good πŸ˜€

  6. Azrael says:

    I see that you are of again to your favorite stuff!

  7. Jimson Lee says:

    Looks great, but can you show us the receipt?

    1. John Chow says:

      The bill came to $400 with tax and tip.

      1. Steven says:

        Overall a cheap night eh 😈

      2. Azrael says:

        I can’t even make half that in a month.

      3. Sava says:

        not to much considering you get $200 back πŸ˜†

      4. Terry Tay says:

        You mean they didn’t give it to you on the house considering you made a post about them. πŸ˜†

        Those dishes all look perfect and yummy. If I’m ever in Whistler I’ll have to try them and hopefully I’m as successful as John so I can make that happen one day soon.
        ~Terry

  8. Thiago Prado says:

    The only problem about the food is that I ‘m not fan of that type of food. I would like to invite to have lunch with me in a Brazilian Steakhouse or Churrascaria here in NJ (I even pay for you).
    Then you are going to realize why Brazilian people love meat.

    1. Terry Tay says:

      You can invite me if you want. Can you pay for airfare too πŸ˜†
      ~Terry

  9. baldeagle says:

    I’m assuming the restaurant review is to get a great meal “written off” for tax purposes. You know just inviting a potential business partner along goes just as far?

    Still, looks like a great meal!

    1. John Chow says:

      Actually, you are only half right. Meals for entertainment purposes (taking a client out to dinner) are only 50% deductible.

      1. Sava says:

        but anyway … 50% is pretty good … considering that if you take 1 customer out for a meal … you eat for free.
        Let’s start taking customers out for lunch whenever we feel hungry πŸ˜€

        1. Robert says:

          It’s a great way to swing a meal. The tax laws are designed to encourge investment and the growing of businesses. Taking a client out for entertainment fosters good will and helps grow your business.

  10. Wow! Over at blogcatalog we’ve been having this discussion all day about which city has the best food and it looked like NYC was going to win out, but I’m gonna send them over here to have a look at those pix.

  11. Simon Lau says:

    Nice meal! the place looks pretty empty, what time did you go at?

    1. John Chow says:

      Our reservation was for 6PM. It was a full house by the time we left.

  12. wisdom says:

    Looks good, not something I usually eat though.

    1. Dr. Teeth says:

      lol, do you really eat this usually?

  13. Chetan says:

    So i hope these kinda restaurants get filled up at nights.. although as you say, 6 pm is not that late for being empty!

  14. Mike Huang says:

    Your daughter is just very cute πŸ™‚ Are you serious about her “GOURMET” baby food? πŸ™‚

    -Mike

  15. MoneyBlog says:

    Looks great….,wow. yummy food. :mrgreen:

  16. That’s one good looking meal!! 😯

    Cheers,
    Alex.

  17. Infogle says:

    Food is simple looking yummy, i simply love the cheese cake desert

  18. Hannah says:

    The one thing I can’t stand about food in BC is the fish… for those of us who can’t stand seafood, it’s almost impossible to eat at any nice restaurant within 50 kilometers of the Pacific Ocean!

    The beef and desert, however, look absolutely amazing!

  19. Rob says:

    That does look very good indeed, especially those oysters. This post is making me hungry. I think I might go out for seafood tonight πŸ˜›

    1. Infogle says:

      same here when i saw the post πŸ˜‰

  20. “Raise the roof” That’s hilarious! How did you teach her to do that? πŸ™‚

  21. Adam says:

    http://www.goveg.com/feat/foie/
    Watch the video Foie Gras 😯

  22. Miker W. says:

    Looks good, but a little too fancy for my tastes.

  23. Mmmmmmm…. looks GREAT! Could handle some of that Arctic Char right now and it’s only 9AM. πŸ™‚ Know where I’ll definitely be heading the next time I’m up in Whistler. Thanks for sharing, John.

    Cheers,
    Ros

  24. seola says:

    Wow nice food, I like your photography of food.
    You dont go to taco bell right

  25. Sava says:

    Those look just awesome. Would love to eat all of them πŸ˜€

  26. Sha says:

    LMFAO I love how she moved her shoulders & raised the roof when she had her first taste. Classic.

    I don’t like oysters, but everything else looks like they were good. I’ve yet to try lobster, but keep meaning to. And cheesecake is godsend!

  27. Nathan Hill says:

    Thats just making me hungry. You really know how to make people jealous don’t you lol πŸ˜€ I bet that ribeye was amazing. I think I need to go and eat now.

  28. I didn’t see the total bill in the post, but I see it up there in the comments. Everything looks delicious. Must be nice livin’ the Dot Com lifestyle…I’m working on it.

  29. Zero and Up says:

    That food looks really good – the dot com lifestyle to an extent? πŸ˜€

  30. Man, every time I see this post I get hungry, and I just ate.

  31. Bookmaker says:

    That lobster gnocchi looks damn tasty 😎
    So this is the diet of successful technopreneurs eh? Nice lifestyle if you can get it πŸ˜‰
    http://bookierant.com

  32. Blogmastr says:

    That lemon tart looks absolutely delicious! Can’t say the same for the seafood ( not a fan of seafood myself… )

  33. vegetarian says:

    i have started new blog on vegetarians and hope i will visit such veg restaurant and post something about it ! πŸ˜‰

  34. Syed Balkhi says:

    atleast the food is approved by Sally… It must be good then. Good movie john keep us all updated.

  35. Mayank Rocks says:

    You like watering my mouth and make me feel hungry…..oh god!

  36. Dr. Teeth says:

    Being new at your place i noticed that you are a great food freak, just like me 😯
    So, when r u at my place for dinner John???

  37. Traveler says:

    Vancouver is seafood heaven,I like it very much.When I worked in Vancouver twenty years ago I rather eat seafood and salmon steak instead of meat,it is yummy and fresh.I used to walk along Robson Street and have lunch there,I missed it.

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