Whitebark @ the Westin Monache, Mammoth Lakes, CA

Finally, a new post! Sorry for the recent lack thereof- we’ve had some computer issues, but are finally back on schedule. We hope you all had a wonderful new years, and that 2013 brings you happiness. Thanks for your support through another year of blogging- we had over 14,000 views this year from 109 countries! Very exciting stuff. Unfortunately, the end of the year was bittersweet for us- Alex had to go back to Australia in December. But this means that we’ll be posting from two continents once again! Before Alex left, we took a trip to Mammoth, and had some pretty great meals while we were there. Our second night we ended up at the Westin Monache, in their restaurant the Whitebark. We started out with the night’s special- tomato fennel soup, and Alex had some hamachi (off of their extensive sushi menu). Both starters were delicious, although Alex’s first choice of sushi wasn’t available. For the main course Alex had a lovely salmon dish- the fingerling potatoes were perfectly cooked, and the dish was overall very enjoyable. I wanted to have the butternut squash risotto with chicken, however they were out of chicken for the evening. It seemed fairly ridiculous to us that they were already out of fish for sushi and chicken for one of their entrees at 7 pm, but the restaurant was very accommodating, and substituted in some brussels sprouts at a discounted price. Funny enough, the brussels sprouts ended up being the best part of the dish, while the mushroom ragu that came with it was gummy/congealed, and made with button mushrooms- not what I would expect with a $26 entree. We finished dessert on a high note with a chocolate budino. Whitebark is a great Mammoth spot for a fancy meal- overpriced, as one would expect with a ski resort, but definitely a spot to hit for a romantic, evening.

- priya

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Special- Tomato and Fennel Soup

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Hamachi Sushi

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Scottish Salmon with Fingerling Potatoes, Zucchini and a Beurre Blanc

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Butternut Squash Risotto with Mushroom Ragu, Broccolini and Brussels Sprouts

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Chocolate and Berry Budino

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