Le Gros is a local favorite for modern European fare with a decidedly French twist. It is Located in Twin Lakes Village.
Living in the Fairmont in Whistler for a long weekend, we wanted to get something with a little more character than the hotel and the surrounding restaurants. We discovered Le Gros here on dinehere.ca and decided to try it out.
Went there with our little one at 6:30 and were almost the only guests. The interior is nice and a little French in combining many different styles of furniture for the tables in the restaurant, a nice fireplace in the middle and some lounge chairs in the entrance. the white table cloths, cloth napkins and nicely decorated tables give the restaurant some touch of fine dining - without being overly formal.
We were welcomed by an excellent waitress who took care of us (and in particular our little one) the entire evening. Service was excellent!
We had a salad and the soup of the day (cauliflower with Roquefort cheese) as starters and mussels and the veal medallions as the main dishes. Unfortunately, we could not try the creme brulle and the other nice deserts as our little one needed to to bed. He had pasta with creme sauce - and loved it (it's rare that he finishes a whole plate in a restaurant, but here he did). The food was VERY good. For a European the menu looked very solid, I was just missing the real surprising creations that you wold expect from a fine dining restaurant - that's the only reason I give a 4 instead of a 5 for the food. What they offered was done in excellent quality.
The wine list is good, too, although we only had two glasses of open white and red, a we could not agree on what wine to take.
Given the quality of food and service, the value was good, too. The entress are between 20 and 35 dollars, open wine is $7 a glass. We ended up with some 80 dollars plus tip.
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.
Went for dinner here a few days ago and the only dish that is worth mentioning is the house pate, which was quite good. The pasta "special" with mussels, shrimp and fish was the fishiest, smelliest dish I've ever had. I can't believe they'd serve mussels that are obviously well past their serve date at a restaurant like this and at such a price. I know even fresh mussels have a "smell", but trust me, not like this. The mussels infused the entire dish with such an awful taste and the pasta tasted like it came out of catelli box. Steak was overdone too. Would not go back
Ate here on 9/12/09. The decor looked like it hasn't changed since the late seventies (including the background music). The menu had some promising looking items but the food was strictly average, for the price I would've appreciated more quality over quantity. The service was actually below average, only 2 servers for the whole room on a Saturday night? Will not go back, will go back to the Rim Rock Cafe instead!