Lunch Visit: Hilltop Bistro (at Yukon College)

A few weeks ago I started working on my Ultimate List of Restaurants (and places to get food) in Whitehorse. I scoured lists, did searches and tried to remember every place that has been recommended to me.

It stuck in my mind that Yukon College had been a recommendation. I thought, “yeah, I should get up there and try the cafeteria… eventually…” but it wasn’t high on my list. Then I realized that it wasn’t the cafeteria people had been recommending (though I hear it is much better than your standard cafeteria). It was the Hilltop Bistro.

The Hilltop Bistro is a dining training facility for Yukon College Food and Beverage and Culinary Arts students. The students make the food and serve the food, depending on their program.

I used to go to Bistro 101 – the restaurant for the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver. It was a good deal and great food.

So I was excited to try the Yukon’s version of it.

First, you must know that it is only open Tuesday-Thursday with seatings from 11:00 to 12:15.

They change the menu every few weeks (see it here) and we stopped in for their take on Greek food. (My apologies that this post won’t likely be indicative of what is actually being served the week that you read this.)

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I love the bottom line: “All this for the amazing price of #13.95 + gst” – I wish it had an exclamation mark! For any of my followers outside the Yukon, their claim is legitimate. This is a pretty amazing price.

My husband ordered the Greek salad and the lamb kebabs (pictured above), while I tried the mezze plate and the croquettes.

The star of the appetizers was definitely the calamari. It was lightly breaded and most importantly not overcooked. I could quibble about having too much tapenade and hummus for the amount of pita and vegetables served, but I’d rather have too much than too little! In the salad, the crunchy pita bits were a welcome substitution for croutons.

For the main course, my husband can never turn down lamb, so it was an easy decision as to who was getting what. Having had my fill of croquettes in Belgium in the fall, I expected something a bit different from what I got. The chickpea rounds were more like what I’d call fritters? They were delicious nonetheless. My favourite was probably the creamy risotto in the tomato. The tomato, spinach and drizzle gave a needed acidity and herbaceous flavour to counter the rich rice dish.

Even though it would be extra to our $13.95 meal deal, we opted to try the dessert as well.

It was a greek yogurt cake with blueberries served in a custard.

I’m struggling to describe the texture of the cake. It was like a wet dense sponge cake? That doesn’t sound appealing, but trust me it was very good.

All in all, we were very satisfied with our meals.

It wasn’t particularly busy during our visit, but I hope that was just the doldrums of winter, rather than a larger problem.

Likelihood of return visit: Definitely. I’ll be checking the menu frequently to see what is on offer next!

Recommended dish: An appetizer and main for $13.95

Tripadvisor: Not listed in Restaurants in Whitehorse

Hilltop Bistro: At Yukon College, 500 College Drive, Whitehorse, Yukon (go in the main doors, up the stairs, turn right, walk down hall and look for signs)

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