La Bocca

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4232 Village Stroll
Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
604-932-2112
http://labocca.moonfruit.com

Notes: Surprisingly good food
for a touristy area.
Spaghetti Bolognese $15, beef
burger $14.

Price: $$
Ambiance: Casual
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Tummy Points: 4/5

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Up in the heart of Whistler Village Square lies a jem of a restaurant called La Bocca. They claim to serve casual French fare but I don’t think you can tell from my hamburger or Thai wrap. But that doesn’t matter. What matters is whether they serve good food, is it reasonably priced, and how’s the service?

If you’re in Whistler in the summer you’ll want to enjoy your lunch on La Bocca’s patio. Seating is limited and really tightly packed. The interior is nicely decorated in wood but with some bright colors creating a mix of outdoorsy yet modern look. I didn’t think too much about it since touristy places usually blend the weirdest things together.

The beef burger came out hot on one side of the bun while garnishes covered the other side of the bun. The burger was nicely charred and thoroughly cooked through. Although it was a pre-made patty, the beef was fresh and juicy with a good ground beef texture. The slices of pickel and onion were fresh while the tomato was not yet ripe.

NOM1198_smThai Wraps also came out hot. It came with the same salad as the beef burger and a side of vinegarette. Inside was chicken, green peper, bean spouts, egg, green onions, and a sweet spicy sauce.

NOM1197_smSpaghetti bolognese came with a lot of meat. Mostly ground beef and a few meat balls. The spagetti was not homemade and it was on the overcooked side so it was too soft. The cheese was close to hardened by the time it came out. Most likely from waiting for all the other food to be ready to be taken out together. It was the weakest dish we had but still tasted good.

NOM1199_smScallop and mushroom on rice was sweet with the mushroom. Scallops were well cooked and not overly raw as most restaurants tend to do to avoid overcooking. Rice was harder than most Chinese Cantonese and Japanese rice. Perhaps it was more like Chiu Chow rice or Uncle Ben’s. It was tasty and better than something I’d expect from a restaurant like this.

La Bocca is quite a refresh break from the regular bad food in a touristy area tradition. The food is a little on the pricy side but it was good food. Service was also pleasant but too busy to come by to check up on us frequently enough. If you’re in Whistler this coming winter for the Olympics, I’d highly recommend visiting La Bocca for a bite to eat.

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