I love snowboarding and I love nachos. What more could I want than a day up at Cypress Mountain followed by a huge pile of nachos at the Crazy Raven Bar & Grill in the ski lodge?
(Well, some notes on what I thought about the nachos would be a good start. Unfortunately, somehow I lost them, so this is going to be a potted review, more sprinkled parmesan than chunky cheddar.)
The Raven is one of my favourite places in Vancouver. Usually. This season, what with the lack of snow and presumably custom, the service in there has been pretty lazy and they;ve even reduced the menu.
That said, they have kept the nachos. No half portion is available, so I attempted to share them with a friend. We added guacamole (obviously) and grilled chicken breast (why not?).
The serving was huge. A platter of tortilla chips, draped in Monterey Jack cheese, dappled with olives, jalapeños, scallions, tomatoes and chicken and drizzled with chipotle mayo.
I use the term “draped” for the cheese, because unfortunately it really only covered the outside. Once you broke through that top layer, the cheese disappeared and so did a lot of the toppings. The tiny cubes of chicken were pretty disappointing too, being pretty bland and unidentifiable.
The olives, tomatoes and scallions all tasted fresh and there were plenty of jalapeños going around, but it was not enough to make up for the lack of cheese and chicken. That chicken was really not worth the extra money we paid for it.
The salsa, sour cream and guacamole were served on the side as usual - the other two dips in the picture belong to another friend’s (delicious but deadly) Hurricane Fries order.
Here things get a little hazy in my memory. From what I recall, the salsa was somewhat watery, the sour cream was not rich enough and the guacamole was a little mushy. Overall, a disappointment of dips, albeit one that was almost entirely unmemorable.
Perhaps I’m being too hard on The Crazy Raven - it was my third nacho session in a week. And this was an enormous portion, which would suit a big group of ski buddies ravished for a snack.
But an exemplary plate of nachos? Sadly not. And my friends agreed. Not enough cheese. Plain and simple.
Oh well, in the meantime, at least there’s the snowboarding to keep me occupied. And the Hurricane Fries. And the Poutine. And the Hot Apple Pie cider…
The Crazy Raven Bar & Grill
6000 Cypress Bowl Road
BC V0N 1G0
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