Parallax at Mammoth
We went there there last night for dinner - I know this post has sat for a long time without response - but there doesn't seem to be anyone posting about it.
I had no idea where I was going or what was going on when we arrived at the Base of the mountain - The whole evening was a surprise to me, after my boyfriend proposed at the summit earlier in the day.
So- we were greeted with a glass of champagne and a guy telling us he was our "driver" - I was thinking, Limo? what?
No - the only way to GET to Parallax is by Snowcat!
So, they have seatings every hour or so and it's only in the winter (last seating this season is April 5)
We got to the restaurant and were greeted by a very friendly staff.
There is apparently a choice of menus - from 3 course to 5 course tasting with Wine... and we had the whole Shebang. It should also be noted that the menu changes on a monthly basis.
our Menu included a pork-belly and quail egg, foie gras, scallops, Short ribs with fettuccine, Strawberry Cheese plate, and a White chocolate bread-pudding with bailley's Ice cream.
It was delicious! and matched with a french white, a Cab, and an italian red.
almost every dish had black truffles - The fettuccine was really salty, but that didn't stop me from finishing it.
I was amazed that the woman at the next table complained and walked out! Remember - you're in the middle of mountain in the middle of the night. It wasn't the food that drove her away, although she seemed a little put-off by the foie gras (but you do get the menu in advance) Apparently the 3 glasses of wine with the tasting was not enough and she didn't want to have to pay for more... Really!?
For the rest of us who rode up on the same snowcat that evening, we were there for about 3 hours, and everyone seemed to have a fantastic time.
So, to go back to your questions - Yes, I'd recommend it, but check the monthly menu online first (I've been told). And yes, if we had the funds to do it again - I would do it for many special occasions to come.