On our second evening in Whistler I decided on trying a Korean fusion restaurant named Celadon. I checked out the website and it looked delicious, decent prices and had pretty good reviews. J and I braved the rain again only to find that it is no longer in existence. I was annoyed that the Korean website was still up, promoting itself and taunting people like me who had no idea it was closed down. J and took a rather wet stroll back through the village and decided on 21Steps. I had always been curious about this place and since my plans were foiled it was the perfect opportunity to try it out.
The dining area in 21steps was full so we were offered to join them in “The Attic” which is upstairs from their dining room. Yes, more stairs! I believe the menus are the same in both the dining room and the attic but the attic is more casual and laid back with big comfy chairs, tv’s and a huge bar you can sit at. We got a table close to the bar and ordered some beers to relax after our Korean food mishap. We also decided on doing tapas (small plates) for dinner since there was so much to chose from. I was having a very hard time deciding on dinner.
Our fist dish that arrived was the Sambal and Masala seared Scallops. The scallops were cooked perfectly but not as spicy as I thought they’d be with the main ingredients being Sambal and Masala. J really liked them and since he isn’t like me, where spicy foods need to make your nose run, he was quite pleased with the flavours. It was probably a good thing that they weren’t as fiery as I imagined since the briny scallop flavour could shine through.
Next up was our Tiny Bacon Wrapped Fillets. J had an issue with me ordering this one based on the word “tiny”. I convinced him that it would be bite sized and not to worry but he kept imaging these itty bitty bacon bits that would be few and far between. J was pleasantly surprised that there were 5 decent sized bites of steak wrapped in bacon sitting on top a mild horseradish sauce. These were quite delicious and I am pretty sure I saw J dip a scallop into the sauce as well, it was so good.
Thrid was the seared ahi tuna on top a bed of sesame seasoned greens, wasabi and a sesame sauce. I absolutely love tuna and this didn’t disappoint. The dressing was absolutely perfect and complimented everything on the plate. It was also nice to have a bit of salad too because I always forget to order greens or vegetables when I do tapas.
Lastly was stuffed mushrooms. This took surprisingly longer then the rest but that was fine with me since we hoovered back everything else so fast, it was nice to take a breathing breaking. When it finally arrived they were piping hot and bursting with filling. Out of all the dishes we ordered this was J’s favourite. The cheese filling had a nostalgic feel to it and was reminiscent of a cheese spread style sauce, except it was much more tasty then fake proceeded cheese. I believe this was a mixture of sharp cheeses and was very creamy, and delicious.
The meal was very reasonably priced and I really enjoyed that we were able to find a tapas style menu since it gives me the opportunity to try a lot more items on the menu. I can’t believe it took me so long to try this place out. I would definitely come back again to 21Steps and recommend it for a Whistler visit.