A year ago I married the love of my life in a beautiful outdoor setting with 80 of our closest friends and family. This was one of the happiest, stressful and anxious days of my life. It went by in a blur and it wasn’t until the photos came back did I really get to reflect and appreciate what this day really meant. I still love seeing the photos and I even printed a book so I can bring back all the amazing emotions when my little heard desires.
For our anniversary J and I went up to Whistler for 2 nights to relax and celebrate the amazing year we had together. Of course this also meant, to me, that I was going to eat my way through Whistler again. Before heading up a friend of mine suggested Barefoot Bistro based on its award-winning menu, reputation and the head chef, Melissa Craig, who went to high school with her. I was a little reluctant since this restaurant is known to be rather expensive, but I am all for supporting local talent and they holding its Lobster Fest as well, advertising online for 29.99 so it seemed like a great deal.
Away from the main village stroll is where you will find barefoot at 4121 Village Green. We sat in the dining room, which has a cosy and rustic feel to it. The kitchen is an open style, where you can see your dinner being assembled and be teased by the delicious aroma that subtly travels through the dining area. Barefoot Bistro is definitely fine dining restaurant and this is reflected in its prices as well. Small things like water comes with a surcharge so be prepared. They do however offer set menus, such as their 3 course meal for 49.00 which I think is very reasonable for Barefoot Bistro.
Both J and I had pre-decided on the lobster-fest based on the online advertising until our server set down the feature sheet which showed the price as 39.99. Still a good deal, since it included an appetizer, entrée and dessert but I was confused by a 10 dollar price different. I pulled up their website on my iphone, and we questioned the server about the price difference only to hear it was changed that very same day. My husband, being a bit of a computer nerd, pointed out to me that a website takes about 5 minutes to update, where as the featured menu sheets takes longer to print so this was a huge oversight on their behalf. Unfortunately, we didn’t get an apology, just a giggle from our server who, I suppose, thought it was funny that their website wasn’t up to date. Despite the error we went with lobster-fest since we both had our hearts set on it.
I ordered the corn soup to start, while J got their spring salad with grapefruit and fennel. His salad was full of bright citrus flavors and really quite refreshing. A great way to start your meal. My soup was also delicious and more delicate than I had thought it would be. It was topped with chives and had some bits of a bacon style meat as well as some fried vegetable chips which I believe was turnip. I wish I could tell you what it was but our server never really told us. She said the meat was basically bacon and admitted that she didn’t know. Despite her lack of knowledge, it was still great!
We didn’t have to wait too long before our entrées of lobster goodness came. We both got 1lb of Atlantic lobster, which is about half a lobster with clarified butter and seasonal vegetables. The vegetables were cooked and seasoned perfectly sitting on top a sweet potato purée. The lobster, as well, was cooked perfectly and tasted amazing dipped into the nutty flavor of the clarified butter. J and I were both not talking too much while we devoured our meals.
For dessert we were served a mascarpone cheesecake topped with strawberries, crumbled pistachios and a strawberry foam as well. I really enjoyed this dessert but I think J was more on the fence with the cheesecake. He isn’t really a cheesecake person to begin with and made with mascarpone really mellows out the traditional NY style cheesecake. It becomes less sweet and more creamy.
Overall I had a great time, the food was delicious and I think Melissa Craig is a very talented chef. I was a little confused about the professionalism with our server though, which normally I wouldn’t mention and I am probably grasping at straws, but in a fine dining restaurant there is a certain expectation with how you will be treated and she was a bit lacking in that area. When you’re paying premium prices then the service should also be top notch. If she would have acknowledged the pricing error in a more professional manner, I probably wouldn’t have cared as much. I hope this was a one off and there wasn’t too many people effected because the food is quite delicious.