By Matt Law
It’s no secret that great food is made even better by a great experience. Taste, like scent or sound, is tied to memory. At Grouse Mountain great food and great experience come hand-in-hand, and although it’s warming up in the city, up on the mountain it’s still snowy white.
Whether you’re seeking a mountain-top outdoor adventure, a fun-filled day with the family, or a romantic dinner in a five-star restaurant with one hell of a view, Grouse Mountain provides.
After taking the Skyride to the Peak of Vancouver it’s a choose-your-own-adventure wonderland. You can begin with some of the mountain’s activities like snowshoeing, outdoor ice skating, or take a snowcat-powered sleigh ride.
If you came for the food and only the food head straight for Altitudes Bistro or The Observatory restaurant.
Altitudes Bistro offers traditional pub fare like chicken wings, a BC organic beef burger, or their aptly named “mountain” nachos. The menu, however, is far from just pub food. For those looking for something on the lighter, yet immensely delicious, side of things try the new vegan Bistro Rad Thai created in collaboration with plant-powered cook and bestselling vegan cookbook author Dreena Burton.
The Observatory is Grouse Mountain’s five-star restaurant and is serving up seasonal ingredients in dishes that would satisfy any gourmand. Their entree menu features dishes like fava bean falafel, AAA beef tenderloin, or the artfully plated butter poached chicken breast.
If you’re willing to mix a little adventure with pleasure, the snowshoe fondue tour is a must. Your package includes a one-hour guided snowshoe tour, headlamps, snowshoe rentals and, of course, three fondues (cheese, broth, chocolate) – the perfect mix of savoury and sweet.
Whichever alpine adventure you choose, stop for a whipped cream-topped hot chocolate to warm up and recharge before you head out for more fun.
For more information and to make reservations, visit grousemountain.com
Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out the 24 Hours of Winter happening March 23-24 at Grouse Mountain. The mountain stays open all night and, yes, that includes the kitchen. There is a great lineup of activities that will give you one last blast of winter along with some delicious eats.