A culinary cornerstone in the heart of Whistler Village, Araxi holds an international reputation for excellence in food, wine and hospitality. Regional menus by accomplished Executive Chef James Walt celebrate locally sourced ingredients, in addition to showcasing the freshest and finest from the Pacific Ocean.
My boyfriend and I went to the Araxi on our first night in Whistler (Friday night). We didn't have to wait in any line up since we had made reservations a few hours ahead so no headaches there! :) We started off our dinner with 2 appetizers - the beef carpaccio and the sablefish risotto. Both were amazing! The beef carpaccio in all fairness was not the best we've ever had but it was still very good.However the sablefish risotto was incredible! The different layers of taste were really delicious! I wish I could have risotto every night!
For our main courses, my boyfriend had the rib eye steak and I had the prosciutto wrapped chicken. My boyfriend said his steak was nothing outstanding and my chicken was nothing outstanding either to be honest. There was too much pea sauce that it literally drenched my chicken to mush.
Lastly, we had two desserts. My boyfriend had the Okanagan cherry cheesecake and I had the raspberry napoleon. His cheesecake was very good and my napoleon - although over prices - was to die for. My boyfriend was crazed on my dessert but I thought it tasted amazing.
As far as service, it was ok. The guy didn't seem to really care about us and was getting irritated that he couldn't hear what my boyfriend was saying over the loud rowdy people beside us. I wish the server was more pleasant because the bill was over $200 and we do tip generously based on our service.
Recommendations: Sablefish Risotto (mmmmmm The best Risotto!!), Raspberry Napoleon. Book reservations
There must be two restaurants named Araxi in Whister because I can't agree with any of the other reviews. We frequently eat out at nice restaurants, often at the sister restaurant of Araxi in Vancouver, so we know what to expect in a restaurant of this caliber in terms of both food quality and cost, and unfortunately Araxi didn't measure up in my opinion.
Our appetizers were both delicious, I had the Aged Cheddar Souffle, and my husband had the Spicy Tuna Rolls. Both tasted great, and were moderately priced. The problem was with dinner.
I had the Weathervane Scallops with Chorizo which tasted good, but the Scallops were very very small. My husband ordered the Lobster Risotto which was presented beautifully, really quite stunning. He had a few bites and asked me to try it and let him know what I thought. I had one bite and said to him that it was overcooked, bordering on mushy in fact.
We were in a bit of a time crunch so he decided not to send it back which was fine until we received the bill and saw that they charged us FIFTY dollars for the dish. I have never paid such a grossly overinflated price for risotto, even lobster risotto, anywhere. Especially since it contained only the claw meat, not even a whole lobster. If you're going to charge that kind of money, you'd better make sure it's perfect!
This on top of the fact that the service was only so-so made for a really poor experience. Our waiter was very nice and he tried very hard but he just didn't have a clue. I guess they have trouble finding staff to work in Whistler, but please Araxi, don't compromise!
I have no trouble paying a lot of money to eat at "fine dining" restaurants, in fact when done well I believe it's one of the greatest pleasures in life, but this just didn't measure up, and it's hard to believe that the sister restaurant of Araxi is even associated with them. The experience was like night and day.
Bottom line, I think there are better restaurants in Whister.