Aura Restaurant at Nita Lake Lodge

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A herd of deer leaps at you as you en­ter the newly ren­o­vated Aura Restaurant. Caught in mid-gallop, the sculp­ture by artist Rachel Denny evokes a sense of move­ment and play­ful­ness that has spread through the restaurant, from the open-con­cept kitchen to the cock­tail list. Uniquely lo­cated on the shores of Nita Lake, Aura has one of the best views and pa­tios in Whistler. Add to this a thought­ful and in­no­va­tive menu, beau­ti­fully crafted cock­tails and stun­ning art­work and you have a meal to re­mem­ber. Ex­ec­u­tive Chef James Ol­berg com­bines his strong knowl­edge of French culi­nary tech­niques with a deep love of West Coast ingredients. The yel­lowfin tuna and Kuterra salmon poke have just the right amount of sweet and salty tang, and the Ital­ian bur­rata served with basil and heir­loom toma­toes picked fresh from the restaurant’s rooftop gar­den is firm and creamy. The three-hour braised short rib sim­ply melts in your mouth and is a must-try — what­ever the weather — along with the cus­tard-bliss of their crack-per­fect crème brûlée. Look out for their deca­dent Sun­day brunch buf­fet and on select hol­i­day Sun­days, their sig­na­ture seafood buf­fet that over­flows with lob­ster, mus­sels, snow crab and chilled prawns, and the monthly “Sip & Savour Wine­mak­ers Din­ners,” which show­case B.C. wines ex­pertly paired with a four-course menu. It’s this eye for de­tail and will­ing­ness to in­no­vate that makes din­ing here an ex­pe­ri­ence — one that has an in­ter­ac­tive el­e­ment if you want a cock­tail. Aptly named “Rid­dles,” the new sum­mer cock­tail list uses the ingredients to get you guess­ing.

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