Climb 21 steps, and you enter this winning second-storey restaurant in Whistler. 21 Steps Kitchen + Bar would be a hit in most any city. But tasty and reasonably priced food in Whistler?
Tasty places are easy to find in this foodie mountain town, one of North America’s top ski resorts. But reasonably priced is hard to come by.
Which is why 21 Steps Kitchen + Bar is all the more noteworthy. So take note :-).
Tapas to tempt your tastebuds
You can order traditional main plates. But go for the tapas – that’s what this resto-bar is known for. On a recent rainy evening, we went as a group of four, sharing several small yummy dishes which range in price from $5 to $12.
There’s a huge selection to choose from. Our faves? Fried goat cheese with honey and walnuts. Also the star anise and orange braised pork ribs with Chinese mustard.
The tiny bacon-wrapped beef filets are probably the chief crowd-pleaser. Dipped in a white parsley sauce, they’re not too salty (which often happens when bacon is added) and not overcooked.
The “21 salad” with tomatoes, orange slices, nuts and other goodies satisfied our veggie craving.
Oh, and the bread is great too at 21 Steps. (A good way to judge a restaurant is by its bread, we think.) Fresh, crusty French baguettes, warm from the oven, are served with pots of garlic butter.
Sit by the window in summer
The atmosphere is just right. Polished wood floors and wood tables. A lively buzz. And huge windows on three sides that open all the way – in summer you can look down on the goings-on in Whistler Village below.
It’s casual, but not kid-casual. Yet sophisticated enough to serve wine in decent-sized glasses (not those dinky old-fashioned ones – a pet peeve of ours).
Consider a cocktail in the attic
If you climb a few more steps again, you reach a third-floor “attic.” You’ll find mainly young locals up here, lounging on leather couches and sipping freshly poured cocktails.
21 Steps is award-winning
But don’t just take our word on 21 Steps. Pique Newsmagazine readers voted the restaurant tops in the Best of Whistler 2012 (Food and Drink) “appetizers/tapas” category. So until the 2013 awards are handed down in December at the end of this year, 21 Steps Kitchen + Bar is the tapas leader in Whistler.