Fine-dining restaurants are distinguishable by their use of premium ingredients, cloth napkins, and chefs who cook with their pinkies held aloft at all times. Feed your face elegantly with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of gourmet fare and drinks at Steeples Bar & Grill in Shawnigan Lake.
Rousing dormant palates with an eclectic menu of upscale edibles, Steeples Bar & Grill concocts savoury and sophisticated steak and seafood ensembles. Patrons can lavish their taste buds with prime cuts of 100 per cent Alberta steak, including the 6-ounce sirloin ($18.99) and the 12-ounce centre-cut New York strip ($28.99). Fire-grilled slabs and tableside Christmas trees can come adorned with brandied peppercorn sauce ($1.99), crispy fried onions ($0.99), or mushrooms and melted cambozola cheese ($3.99). Kitchen artisans also enlist a potpourri of Asian flavours and techniques, devising epicurean delights such as a half pound of Alaskan king-crab legs poached in a bamboo steamer with citrus butter and orange-ginger risotto ($26.99). Steeples Bar & Grill crafted its culinary nook from the framework of a restored church, and gourmands can marvel at hand-hewn beams and stained-glass cutting boards while indulging in fine wine and cider ($4.25+) or the bacon-and-prawns benedict special ($14.99) during Sunday brunch (10 a.m.–3 p.m.).
Steeples Bar and Grill
For patrons bound for Steeples Bar and Grill, the experience begins before the restaurant comes into view. A scenic drive over the Malahat and through Goldstream Provincial Park offers a feast of vistas, and then the restaurant's steeple—an artifact of the restored church where it has taken up residence—peaks through the trees like a giant toddler playing hide-and-seek.
Beneath it, beams that were hand-hewn generations ago hint at present-day staff members' attention to detail. Amid casual, cozy surroundings including shuttered windows, guests dine on upscale dishes such as steak encrusted with black peppercorns, seared tuna, and creamy tarragon fettuccine replete with king prawns. The drink menu complements meals with daiquiris, martinis, and draft beers.
2744 E Shawnigan Lake Rd.
Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia V0R 2W0