Established in 1990, Monk's Grill is a steakhouse on the base of the mountain with both a fine dining room and a lounge for a more casual dining experience.
I've been to Monk's several times over the years while growing up, and later as a young adult, and never been disappointed. From the steaks cooked perfectly to order, to the creative and fun drinks, this place takes the cake. Fantastic location right at the base of Blackcomb is great for a stroll in the village or apres as you're just coming off the hill. Love the funky decor and couches made of cowhide! Service is always impeccable. Only down side I can remember is the washrooms which are underground and shared with other areas, and were not up to Monk's usual standard. But for delicious west coast food and service, I'd go back!
Went with hubby for a getaway to Whistler last week. We were in luck because they were having Dine In Whistler, which is like DOV. After perusing the various 3-course menus online, we decided to try Monk's Grill as it was the most interesting one. We were not disappointed.
Food: Really it should be 4.5 stars. For appies, I had the fried soft-shelled crab and hubby had the risotto. The risotto had a mouthwatering aroma and an equally delicious texture. The soft-shelled crab, while good with its crispy soft shell, could have been better. A panko crust would have worked better than the tempura batter and the accompanying sauce was a touch bland. Our mains were cooked to perfection. Hubby's steak was tender and the tastiest we've had this year. His mashed potatoes were also delicious. My sockeye salmon had the perfect texture. This is one of the rare places where I didn't find my sockeye to be overdone. Since we weren't able to doggie-bag anything (being that we were out of town), we barely had room for dessert. Hubby's fruit and goat cheese "strudel" (made with filo pastry) was large and came with a nice scoop of ice cream. The contrasting flavors and textures worked well. The highlight of the meal was my trio of strawberry, chocolate, and banana creme brulees. I don't usually like banana desserts, but this one had the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity and brought out the smooth texture of the cream. The chocolate one was sinfully rich, and the strawberry one was refreshing.
Service: When we arrived, there was nobody at the hostess desk. I think the hostess was late for work. That was the only downside. Seeing that nobody was at that desk, our friendly waiter (who at that point was doing double-duty as bartender) came and seated us. He was efficient and friendly with service, checking on every dish and even apologizing when the kitchen was only a couple of minutes late with a dish. I was especially impressed when he came to check on our entrees and realized that hubby hadn't tried his steak yet. He came back to re-check a couple of minutes later.
Value: The 5-star rating is specifically for the "Dine in Whistler" menu. At $29 for a 3-course menu, it's a steal. The portions were large and we barely had room for dessert. It's also good that they weren't charging crazy prices for our juices. The glasses were pretty big and cost $3.
Ambience: It's at the base of Blackcomb. We got a window seat and had a nice view of the nearby mountains. The decor is comfortably upscale.
I look forward to going again next year when they have Dine In Whistler.
went for dinner with gf. was seated by the window promptly. restaurant was packed, luckily we had reservations.
we ordered a rib-eye steak and new york steak to share. both were amazingly flavorful and tender. probably one of the best rib-eye steak i have had in BC.
nice ambiance for a romantic night out.