Whistler: La Bocca

by gigi on January 3, 2010

Happy new year, everyone! I’m catching up on a lot of blogging that fell by the wayside during the holiday season. This week, I’m going to focus on some Whistler restaurants I visited in the early fall for Samantha’s bachelorette party.

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Just before Samantha got married, Lucy and I had the honours of planning her bachelorette party. After some brainstorming on where we should go and what we should do, we finally decided on Whistler. Due to my Ho Yummy background, I was in charge of deciding where we would eat. :) Our trip to Whistler was quite short and we arrived there just before dinner on a Saturday evening. Victoria had told me that she went to La Bocca once for another bachelorette party so I decided to give that a try.

Despite the fact that La Bocca does not take reservations, we were pretty lucky and were able to score a table for our party of 8 without needing to wait. To get the party started, we ordered some pitchers of sangria to share. The sangria was nice and fruity with a lot of limes, which I liked.

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I wasn’t too hungry that day so I just stuck with a main course. The West Coast Cioppino was a bit on hot side but I suppose that is better than it being lukewarm. :) There was quite a bit of seafood although perhaps because of the super hot plate, the fish was slightly overcooked. It had a nice saffron flavour to it and it would have been really nice if it was served with some crusty warm bread.

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Lucy was kind enough to let me sample a bit of her seafood linguine. The linguine was prepared al dente and there was quite an abundant amount of seafood. I usually prefer oil-based sauces over cream sauces so this linguine was quite tasty. I actually told Lucy that I liked her linguine more than my cioppino. :)

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Overall, I found La Bocca to be pretty good for a Whistler restaurant. Due to its semi-touristy environment, it can be difficult to find a good value Whistler restaurant that serves tasty food. Even La Bocca, which is classified on the cheaper side, still charged $25 for my cioppino main. I know there are quite a few higher end restaurants that are supposed to be quite good but I generally stray towards cheaper eats when I’m at Whistler. :)

Details:
4232 Village Stroll, Whistler, BC
Tel: 604-932-2112

Summary:
Food: [rating: 3]
Service: [rating:3.5]
Price: $$$

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