In planning dinner, I knew that similar to the Après Teepee Snowshoe Tour with Whistler Snowshoe experience, I wanted something unique. After looking at dining options within the hotel, I settled on making reservations at The Chalet restaurant.
After a day of playing in the snow, I truly felt the vibe that I was in a Canadian winter wonderland. As such, I started with the FROSTED CRANBERRY SOUR (Botanist Gin, Gran Marnier, Lemon). It was pleasant and a warm introduction to the evening.
We split the CHALET SIGNATURE FRENCH ONION SOUP (rich beef broth, crouton, melted Gruyère) and ROASTED PEAR AND GOATS CHEESE SALAD (spicy green salad mix, toasted walnuts, sherry vinaigrette). Personally, even with the outstanding French onion soup I had in Paris at Brasserie du Louvre – Bocuse, I really loved this version.
Now, up to this moment, neither of us had ever had fondue. I know of it, thanks to two wonderful dinners at Alpenrose Vail and seeing it on the menu. So, I was curious at the idea of dipping things in cheese and then eating it like it was the hot shit.
So, we ordered the CHEESE FONDUE (Emmenthal, Gruyère, white wine with added roast garlic and fine herbs, served with and kirsch and sliced baguette) with FONDUE CHINOISE FROM THE LAND (lightly simmered aromatic chicken broth served with 5oz. AAA Beef). With the dishes at the table, we began the dipping, tasting and savoring.
It was unique. The concept of dipping bread in the cheese; boiling the thinly sliced beef and dipping it into the various sauces was – unique. It reminded me of hot pot – which is not my favorite way to pay someone for the ingredients to cook and eat my dinner myself. But, we laughed and enjoyed our table activities.
We finished with the CHOCOLATE FONDUE (house made caramellini, banana bread, strawberries, banana and meringues). By this time, I was full and wanting to snuggle up in bed.
One of the great perks from staying at the Fairmont Whistler is the private Escalade car service to The Chalet. So getting there while it was snowing was relaxed and easy. Plus, the staff call the car service back for you once dinner is complete.
I’m glad that I picked fondue for dinner. But, personally, it’s one and done. An additional issue is that our reservation was at 7pm and we were done at 9:30pm. I could see that they were busy. However, the wait between the appetizer to the fondue and to the dessert was excessive.
The Chalet at Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club
4599 Chateau Boulevard
Whistler, Canada V8E 0Z5 V8E 0Z5