Portobello Deli at Fairmont Chateau Whistler (British Columbia), which closed this fall for an extensive multimillion-dollar renovation, reopened to reveal a fresh design and new elevated casual dining experience.
Showcasing an open kitchen, Portobello has expanded its dinner offering under the direction of executive chef Isabel Chung to include open-flame rotisserie chicken, pork ribs and smoked brisket. New hardware in Chung’s kitchen includes a Rotisol rotisserie, an Alto-Shaam Smoker, and not one but two antique-styled Miwe Wenz 1919 Ovens shipped directly from Europe.
Meanwhile, Portobello’s beverage offering has been expanded to provide a full-service bar focusing on local craft beers on tap, perfect for the Chateau’s new après ski experience offered daily. The Chateau Whistler deli has maintained its gourmet barista bar, which complements Portobello’s made-to-order sandwiches and pastries.
The new market-style retail space features curated home décor, kitchenwares and collectables – perfect for guests who want authentic hand-crafted gifts from local Whistler artists and purveyors – as well as Caffe Umbria Coffee and Fairmont’s new signature Lot 35 tea.
The Portobello redesign now offers “family-style” seating in a rustic, modern alpine setting with exposed wood, brick and metal fixtures. Calgary-based Frank Architecture created the design while B.L.T. Construction orchestrated the renovation.
A new standalone website and mobile app will launch early 2018 to allow guests to place food-and-beverage orders at Portobello Deli. Those about to hit the slopes or shooshing down the last run of the day can make the most of their mountain time by placing advance orders.
Fairmont Chateau Whistler recently completed a five-year, $23-million renovation.