According to Emily Post, napkins may only be used to cover laps, clean up spills, or signal the waiter via semaphore that your table has hit an iceberg. Master restaurant etiquette over a gourmet meal with today’s Groupon to Steeples Bar & Grill in Shawnigan Lake. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of gourmet fare for dinner.
- For $5, you get $10 worth of gourmet fare for lunch.<p>
Housed in a restored wooden church by the lake, Steeples Bar & Grill gathers a team of chefs who deftly fuse international culinary influences to craft stewed and fire-grilled gourmet dishes. Hunt through the menus to ensnare grilled Buddha chicken breast as it frolics in Indian spices, mango chutney, and poppadum ($18.99), or discover baby lobster in macaroni and a blend of brie, apple wood cheddar, parmesan, and goat cheese ($16.99). Chefs crisp Alberta sirloin strips to fashion pomegranate ginger beef, which they balance atop orange-ginger risotto ($14.99) like acrobats in an Italian circus. Diners can also opt for meals framed by bread, such as a Thai-style glazed chicken burger ($11.99) or a barbecue pulled-pork french dip with paprika-basil beef jus ($11.99). Guests nibble and sip under hand-hewn ceiling beams, enveloped in the warmth of a crackling fireplace, iron chandeliers and box lamps, and radiators singing love ballads.
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.