With such popular hangouts as Darcy's Pub and Saltaire under their Vancouver belts, a group of former-NHL stars and restaurateurs are bringing their meat market-theme Player's Steakhouse to Whistler's Creekside. The area was home to several of the downhill skiing events of the 2010 Olympics Games, and if all things progress well the chophouse will be a late-night mainstay of some of the village's wilder dinner and dancing spirits. The sleek interior is a spin on Alpine design with dark leather chairs and booths offset by plasma screen details and sexy sports vibe. A separate bar and piano lounge is home to nightly live music that will hopefully give Creekside at least one night a week to let loose with Whistler's hot young locals.
Whether for lunch, dinner or apres-ski appetizers, starters include a mix of seafood chowder, crab cakes with chili aioli, sautéed fillet tip and smoked salmon served with chive cream and crostini. Entrée-size salads like a chophouse wedge, class Cobb and Caesar are also available with light dressings and by the half-size. Non-steak entrees are a mix of land and sea with cedar plank salmon with bourbon glaze and Bouillabaisse competing with heartier rack of lamb and decadent twice-braised short ribs. Those looking for the traditional steakhouse experience finda worthy fillet mignon, rib eye and 20 oz. porterhouse available with additional heap of crab legs or garlic prawns as well as sides like mac n'cheese, creamed spinach and tomato onion salad.
NHL-stars offers Whistler chophouse and social lounge privy to clawing cougars and occasional man-fight.