On Saturday, after a long day of skiing on Whistler the previous day, my body couldn’t handle going back up the mountain again (okay, so it could be because I haven’t gotten any exercise lately and only skied twice this season).
So after walking through the Village for awhile and doing a little bit of shopping, I needed to take a bit of a break and stop for some lunch. I haven’t been up to Whistler all that much, so I tried looking up several restaurants to find a good spot to go. After freezing my hands off typing away on my iPhone for so long, I decided to stop in at The Mix by Ric’s, a bistro that serves west coast inspired tapas and other savoury entrees, which was near the hotel where I was staying. It’s an offshoot of Ric’s Grill, which has several locations throughout British Columbia and Alberta (something new that I learned since I haven’t been to one before), and is open every day from 8 am to 1:30 am.
For some reason, I didn’t have a large lunch that day, so have only a couple of dishes that I can share here. I ordered a soup and one tapas item, and they were both served together.
My first bite was from the French Onion Soup. And, as usual, I managed to burn my tongue. Multiple times. On both the cheese and the broth. At least it tasted decent after all that. It could have used a bit more onion within the soup itself (besides the green onions on top), but I liked how it wasn’t overly salty, which I’ve found to be the case at times at other places.
Other than that, I had the Ahi Tuna Poke, which was served with a side of soy sauce, wasabi, ginger and over a bed of greens and shaved radish. There was also a lemon wedge, but I didn’t bother using it. The tuna was alright, but nothing spectacular – it didn’t taste like it was super fresh and I probably wouldn’t have it again.
I’m not sure I’d go back to this restaurant – there wasn’t anything in particular that stood out about it, and after talking to a few more locals and frequent visitors, I’ve found a fair list of other places that I’d rather go to first, or at least try before returning to Mix by Ric’s. It does come in handy that it’s both a bistro that serves food all day long and the stays open into the late hours, when you want some cocktails to go along with your meal. And it’s right in the middle of Whistler Village.