Nesters is where the locals shop. Le Gros is where they eat.
The chef owns the restaurant.
This restaurant has a long history … originally Les Gros … then briefly Jade … and for the past several years Le Gros. Its location is hidden in the trees south of Creekside.
Phone to make your reservation. Take a taxi and enjoy your self.
If you are the DD. Turn off the highway on to Alta Lake Road and then it’s the second drive way on the left. leading uphill. There’s a sign on top of the rock at the Alta Lake turn off and another sign at the bottom of the drive. The restaurant itself has no signs because by the time you are that close … that’s where you’re going! Above two dedicated parking terraces, the restaurant is approached by sturdy staircase and covered walkway. Heavy wooden windowless doors lead into a narrow cozy loggia with fireplace and comfortable chairs preceding the bar and the centre of operations (at least the ex-kitchen ones!). There are two rooms: to the left a smaller one behind the previously mentioned double-faced fireplace; ahead a larger one allowing the seating of groups of a dozen or more if necessary. Both rooms are carpeted and have expansive windows and high ceilings. Both rooms but especially the smaller have magical outlooks when snow is falling.
The style is comfortable fine dining … white tablecloths, gleaming glasses but no pretence. No place settings courtesy of Set Square and Micrometer. The menu is extensive but unchanging – rack of lamb. Dover sole. Mimosa and Caesar Salads … the standards. Specials every day. Catch of the day, maybe orange roughie. Soup, perhaps vegetable curry.
Service is professional and friendly. You will never be rushed. Prices are reasonable. Wine list runs from here, to very far over there. The food is delicious. There is a proper dessert menu.
In the end it is about the food and the atmosphere. Not a particularly good place for a first date, or popping the question or for making out between courses. If you are trying to impress people and you want the staff to play along … wrong place! … they are too busy with real people. If you are a celebrity no-one will care. Take your children if they enjoy your company and you theirs.
The owner of the restaurant is the chef.