After a huge day on the slopes, there’s nothing like a great meal to satisfy a rumbling stomach and build up your energy for the next day.
Here at Big White, it’s difficult to go past the Tomahawk Steak, served exclusively at the Kettle Valley Steakhouse in Big White Ski Resort.
The Steakhouse is known for its specialty items – crab legs, pacific halibut, potted foie gras and truffled mac n’ cheese are just some of the options on the menu – but the Tomahawk is undoubtedly the most special of them all. With a single Tomahawk weighing in at a whopping 45 ounces (1350 grams), the meat is cut while still on the rib bone. The bone creates the axe-handled look of a tomahawk, hence the name of the steak.
The Tomahawk is carved tableside and is the perfect size to share between two or three people, although visitors to the Steakhouse regularly try to tackle it on their own. In fact, the steak has also been far more popular than the restaurant ever could have predicted. Trevor Hanna, Director of Hospitality, originally expected to only sell one or two of the steaks per week.
“We thought it would be a bit of a novelty item, and that people would only order it on special occasions,” Trevor says. “We actually now sell two or three of them every night – we’ve been amazed by the success.”
Kettle Valley Steakhouse has, in fact, accounted for over half of all tomahawk sales in the province of BC over the 2014/2015 ski season. Coreen, a server at the Steakhouse, puts it all down to the quality of the meat.
“People are really surprised at how great the steak is,” she says. “It’s a bit of a novelty buy – people often stop and stare at the steak from other tables, or come over to take photos of it - so people are surprised by how much they actually enjoy it.”
But with the quality guaranteed by Kettle Valley Steakhouse, it’s unsurprising that guests are impressed by the food. The Steakhouse utilizes the highest echelon of AAA Canadian beef by only offering Certified Angus Beef (CAB) on their menu, aged a minimum of 28 days.
If you’re not a steak person, don’t worry – the strengths also lie in the seafood offered at the Steakhouse; Kettle Valley’s seafood selection conforms to Oceanwise certifications to ensure that it is not only of the highest quality, but also responsibly managed and farmed.
A recent winner of the OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards, Kettle Valley Steakhouse is the ideal opportunity for the diner seeking a fine-dining experience, complete with an extensive Okanagan wine list, after a big day on the mountain. Families are also very welcome.