I hate the Austrian ski resort self service restaurants with a vengeance…. Nasty food, nasty staff and very nasty prices indeed. If I wasn’t so hungry at lunchtime I wouldn’t touch them. Lucky for me (unlucky for my New Year’s Resolution to lose weight) the Revelstoke Mountain Lodge has excellent food! You can choose between Fresh Pesto Salad with Sundried Tomatoes, Spicy Thai Chicken Soup, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Salad or – Poutine!

“I’ll have the Vegetarian Blacken Burger with caramelized onions and jalapeños, please….”

Poutine – Canada’s answer to Currywurst or, where I’m from; “en tjock grillad med mos” – is a dish of french fries soaked in gravy with cheese curds on top. According to Jamie Oliver, in 2007 the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation ran a national poll asking viewers what they thought was the greatest Canadian invention of all time. Poutine scored higher than the electric oven, coming just behind the pacemaker and the Wonderbra. Is it a culinary highlight or just plain disgusting? Well, Daniel’s Butter Chicken Poutine was like an indian curry with fries and surprisingly good. But I’ll stick with my Lemongrass Chicken Noodle Salad. I can have that any day and twice on a Sunday….!

Chicken noodle salad
Fresh coriander in a ski resort canteen – wow!