I had dinner with three colleagues in the Westin's dining room on the night before an on-site conference was scheduled to begin in mid-May, and then I had a late breakfast there alone the following morning. The dining room is large with high ceilings and stone walls filled with expansive windows. Although there are linen tablecloths and proper place-settings in use, the style of the restaurant makes it seem informal, rather than a real fine-dining locale. Like most patrons dining there that evening, our party of four was led to a square table angled along the exterior wall in front of a window that, in the dark, just looked out onto a patio seating area rather than to the distant mountains that I finally saw over breakfast. Our middle-aged server was friendly and attentive throughout our dinner. As we were visiting during the Dine In Whistler promotion, we were presented with a three-course menu for just $31 plus taxes and tip. I had the beet and mozzarella salad as a starter, which was fine but not terribly flavourful. One of the men in our party had the seafood sampler, with raw tuna and salmon prepared in different ways, which he enjoyed with great gusto. The second gentleman had the Caesar salad, which he deemed to be fine, but certainly nothing special. The other woman in our group ordered the oysters that were on offer that evening but only ended up eating one of the three or four that were served to her, as she found that they were too salty and metallic-tasting for her personal liking. Two of us then had the pork tenderloin for our main course, which was moist and delicious, served with a rich piece of perfectly-prepared pork belly. The generous portion of accompanying vegetables were fine but were, in my opinion, a bit undercooked. (I like my cooked carrots to immediately acquiesce and these ones still had quite a bit of crunch...) The salmon and beef tenderloin dishes ordered by the others were equally enjoyed. For dessert, we all had the maple crème brûlée, which came highly recommended by our server. It was just the right amount of dessert to offer a sweet ending to our meal, served with a tiny cranberry wafer. The space was often a bit loud for good conversation, particularly as the centre of the room filled up over the course of the evening, and the background music only seemed to add to the din. The waitress readily admitted that she couldn't recommend any wines from the list, but offered to find someone who could. We decided just to take our chances and ordered glasses of our favourite varietals without issue. Everything in tourist-centric Whistler can be quite expensive, so this dining deal just meant that we paid a reasonable price for a decent meal. At normal pricing, I think I would have ventured elsewhere in the village for some truly fine-dining. The following day, the breakfast buffet was filled with delicious offerings, from yoghurt and fruit to oatmeal to bacon and eggs, but it is probably not worth the $28 price tag if you are not a big eater in the morning. I would have no hesitation in going back to the Aubergine Grille when next in Whistler, particularly for another table d'hôte special.
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