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Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar: Araxi's 34th Anniversary 5 Course Menu

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Araxi is one of the most famous fine-dining restaurants in the Whistler village, where you can have locally sourced Pacific Northwest plates, wine and cocktails in swanky environments. Their usual 3, 4 courses cost around $69-109 however you can take advantage of their 34th anniversary 5 course menu for $34 only. *Available Sunday through Thursday

As soon as you walk in you will see the oyster bar where the chef carefully prepares the freshest local oysters from Read Island. 
Our courteous waitress served complimentary bread promptly after placing an order. They used to offer olive oil and butter together, but not anymore so if you want some olive oils ask for it.
First Course: Pemberton Assorted Squash Soup 
Wild smoked salmon and steelhead rilette with creme fraiche and curry oil
The soup was creamy and rich in flavours. The combination of squash soup and shredded, cooked fish was very smart and creative, and successfully stimulated my appetite! 
 Second Course 1: Sawmill Bay Oysters from Read Island
Five oysters on the half shell served with the Vinegar Lady berry mignonette
Sadly I was diagnosed with gastritis a few days before visiting Araxi, so couldn't have raw seafood. Instead, J ordered their fresh oysters for himself. He was very satisfied with its freshness and the complimentary vinegar mignonette. 
Second Course 2: Assorted Pemberton Beet Salad
Red, white, golden and chiogga beets with burrata cheese, organic greens and spiced peacans
I originally ordered the Chirashi but changed my mind at the last minute and got this Beet Salad. I didn't expect much, but the salad was amazingly delicious. Everything was carefully prepared from the freshest organic ingredients, plating with wow presentation and precision. It was very intersting for me to try different coloured beets. The burrata cheese (one of my favourites!) was a smart choice to accompany the salad. 
Third Course: Crisp Parmesan and Herb Polenta
Roasted tomato and olive relish, confit baby gem tomato, salsa verde
For the third course, Polenta was the only option they offered. This traditional Italian pudding is thickened with cornmeal involving several hours of stirring time. Polenta from Araxi was pan-seared after the dish made, which made the surface somewhat crispy and soft on the inside. 
Fourth Course 1: Yarrow Meadow Duck Breast
Seared with herbs and spices, caramelized celery root puree, crispy cauliflower, hakurel turnips and miso mustard vinaigrette
I've really wanted to try their duck breast dish, so I was glad it was one of the options for the 5-course meal. The duck meat was cooked just right, moist and juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. The miso mustard vinaigrette went very well with the meat, and the caramelized celery root puree was tasty too. I was glad that deep-fried cauliflower was very crispy, and wasn't soggy at all from the sauce underneath. 
Fourth Course 2: Grilled Angus Reserve Tenderloin Steak 6oz ($12 Supplement)
Local potato puree, Sarah's carrots and kale, crispy onion, grilled chimichurri sauce, brandy and green peppercorn jus
I rarely order steak even at the restaurants specializing in meat, but J is completely opposite: Order steak whenever possible. From what I've seen he knows the meat pretty well, and he was amazed with their steak. He said the steak was very moist and perfectly cooked (medium-rare) as he asked for. He also liked the potato puree way better than the usual mashed potatoes.
Dessert 1: Valrhona Chocolate Caramel Torte
Dark chocolate mousse layered with moist chocolate cake with dulce de leche and crisp chocolate cookie layer
I was pretty full after the main dish, but as soon as I saw this delicate chocolate cake... sweet cravings kicked in. Araxi creates this awesome chocolate cake with Valrhona's finest gourmet chocolates. Of course, the cake was tasty, but I liked its interesting textures more than anything. It had
Dessert 2: Okanagan Pear + Almond Tart
White wine poached pears and almond frangipane in a flaky crust with apricot sorbet, apple puree and candied almonds

Everything was very satisfying and I'd come back for sure!

+ Carefully-prepared dish
+ Fresh ingredients
+ Great, courteous customer service
+ Well-priced dish
+ Decent portion at affordable prices (compared to other fine dining restaurants) 

Food 4.5/5.0
Ambience 4.0/5.0
Service 4.0/5.0
Price $$$

Address 4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC
Phone number 604 932 4540
Hours of operation
Monday to Saturday 3pm-Midnight
Sunday 10am-2pm & 3pm-Midnight

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As the name indicates, I'm Sophia who Eats - a lot, and possibly everything. I basically love to do anything involved with food: eating, cooking, and even watching food documentaries! I will regularly update the lists of Must-Visit-Eateries and Hidden Gems in Metro Vancouver, so stay tuned! Hope you guys discover new restaurants and cafes that will give you great dining experiences and become your favourite spots as well!