Eagle's Eye Restaurant
The view: A 15-minute gondola ride lifts diners 7,700 feet above sea level to the timber-framed Eagle’s Eye Restaurant at the Kicking Horse Resort in Golden, British Columbia. From the dining room, more than 1,000 often snow-capped peaks in the Purcell, Selkirk, and Rocky Mountains zigzag along the horizon.
The food: Chef Alain Soret brings French flavors to the locally sourced beef, salmon, and game entrees served alongside British Columbian wines. Wild B.C. sockeye salmon with a maple-pine nut crust is topped with melted brie and served with whipped potatoes and fresh vegetables.
Tips: Fireside tables 24, 29, 36, and 37 are ideal for a romantic evening. In spring and late September, vivid contrasts of snow and foliage add to the panorama. The restaurant is open June through October and December through Easter.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.