Chef Kasey Dubler knew he was in for a challenge when he took over as executive chef at the Stars Restaurant at Semiahmoo Resort last fall. The restaurant’s menu was much the same as the resort’s waterfront bar, and the dinner crowd was leaving dissatisfied.
So he took a bold step, and closed the restaurant for dinner throughout the off-season. Since re-opening last month with a new menu, new wine list and new interior, diners have been coming out in droves, and leaving with smiles on their faces.
One of Dubler’s goals was to establish Stars as the premier fine dining destination for Whatcom County, if not the whole region. He freely acknowledges that the top spot belongs to The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, but he sees Stars as a viable number two.
With that goal in mind, he reworked the menu to offer a range of upscale options, including a couple of wine pairing suggestions for each dish. Entrees include the ever-popular wild salmon, which Dubler said he can hardly keep in stock due to its popularity, sea scallops, a lamb osso bucco and 12-hour braised short ribs, all prepared with thoughtful accompaniments that take the main dish to the next level.
The restaurant still serves breakfast seven days a week, and is open for dinner on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. Visit the restaurant's website for the full menu and more information.
Above, right: Food from Stars Restaurant attracts people from all over. Chef Kasey Dubler seeks to make it one of the premier restaurants in the northwest. Photo courtesy of Stars Restaurant.