4671 Kitwanga Dr
108 Mile House, BC V0K 2Z0
July 3rd, 2011
Coming home from the Coast at the end of the Canada long weekend brought us to 108 Mile House just in time for dinner. Just beyond the Heritage Site as you drive north is a quaint ‘lil log house which is home to Vidas Restaurant. It seemed like everyone and their Grandmother had been recommending this place to me, so there wasn’t any doubt that I was going to have my dinner here when the opportunity presented itself.
We arrived on the early side and the place didn’t look terribly busy at first glance. As it turned out, reservations are highly recommended here, but we were lucky enough to snag the second to last un-reserved table. As we were led to our table we noticed that everyone inside was wearing rather nice clothes, while Mr O and I both had on shorts and flip-flops. Oops… definitely feeling a bit under-dressed but they were still happy to seat us so we must not have broken any dress codes.
Large scenic windows adorned one side of the building which overlooked 108 Lake and let in a lot of natural light. The view was spectacular. I noticed that there were patio seats available outside, but they didn’t seem to be seating anyone there tonight as people were starting to be turned away at the door. The walls were made of gigantic smooth logs and local artwork, available for purchase, decorated throughout the interior. The tables were pretty intimate and the overall environment makes Vidas the perfect place for a romantic meal.
The menu is a simple one and offers dishes which included seafood, pasta and steaks. We decided to try the crab cakes as a starter, and Mr O ordered tonight’s special which happened to be a grilled chicken breast topped with prawns. My dinner was a half-order of their seafood risotto.
Our crab cakes arrived; two golden brown patties on the plate which was garnished with a bed of baby spinach, julienned carrots, drizzled balsamic reduction and a rosy chipotle aioli. The cakes had very little, if any, filler in them. It was mostly made up of nice sized chunks of crab, seasoned with chopped red peppers and green onions. The sauce packed a punch… a really heaty punch! And I found this out the hard way, naively spreading chipotle all over my crab cake before trying it out first. Can we say ‘greenhorn’? But spiciness aside, I can appreciate the smokiness of the aioli and it complimented the crab cakes very nicely.
Mr O’s chicken was moist and the succulent prawns on top were dressed with a creamy herbed sauce. Roasted new potatoes, carrots, green beans and yellow squash finished off the plate, along with a baked tomato topped with seasoned breadcrumbs. There was a minor glitch to the meal though… delicious as they were, Mr O had asked for the quinoa to come with his dinner instead of the potatoes.
My seafood risotto came with a yeasty rosemary bread twist. There were generous amount of baby scallops in it and the prawns, though few in number, were very large and tender. The funny thing about risotto is that it’s very humble in nature, but I believe it’s deceptively hard to execute properly. There’s a fine line, literal minutes in fact, that separates perfect risotto from a plate of mush. Vidas’ risotto had the perfect al dente texture, rich and creamy but still with a bit of resistance when you bite into it. It’s so good and I’m always impressed with a restaurant that can serve me perfect risotto. Overall, it was a tremendous dinner and made up for the slow service we were experiencing.
It might’ve been due to the fact that they were serving a full house, but it was tricky trying to flag down the waitresses. If you do manage to get them to come to your table, they were always very friendly and eager to please, so it was hard to get too upset with them. But seriously, we must’ve waited about 10 minutes before we were able to get our waitress’ attention because we wanted to know what was available for dessert. Apologetic, she recited the menu to us and we chose to have the pecan pie and white chocolate tiramisu cheesecake.
The pecan pie was moist and rich, with a great combination of nutty pecans and dark chocolate. The cheesecake was amazing and had a nice and luscious texture. It was an impressive way to end dinner and, despite the delay in service, Vidas ranked as one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time.