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Okanagan Food

foodiesnorth | Jul 16, 2007 02:44 PM

Just back from the Okanagon. There is not much posted on this area so a quick set of notes:

Enderby...Lulu's...excellent general menu. Everything made in house, good qaulity and variety. Nice place to stop (as we did) for lunch before hitting Kelowna.

Summerland: Zia's...another wonderful stop. Had a great lunch there highly recommended.

Kelowna: Fresco, great service, mostly good food. My venison chop was a simple, somewhat overdone tasteless chunk of meat. The other dishes won rave reviews from our crew. The service was very good even if our server seemed a little green and unsure. The pea soup was to die for. The deserts were art. The plating was second to no other restaurant we have been to anywhere (although, overall, the notion in a previous post that Fresco can compete with world class restaurants is a bit overstated). We loved their open kitchen (it is really open...not just on one side, but the entire corner of the restaturant is an open kitchen...We took time to speak to the kitchen staff and they were very friendly and communicative...kids loved it.

Kelowna: Yamas was yummy, basic Greek food.

Kelowna: Da Tandoor....best Indian we have tried. The menu is runs a nice range of styles but all the basics are there. An family from Pakistan who had just finsihed theri meals said it was the first time in Canada that they had tasted food like at home. They rightfully raved about the food. Odd space though...very dark.

Kelowna: Bonfire....more to come on these guys later as we ate there a couple of times (we stayed at the Cove Resort wher they have their establishment)...suffice it for now to note, great service, very poor food. The menu procalims a southwestern theme. The food sounds good, but nothing worked. The ribs were blah, dry and tasteless, th rest of the food just never met expectations as far as flavours. The ingredients just did not work together or there was not enough flavour. The exceptions were the stuffed peppers (renallos) and the ice cream (gellato I guess) made from Carmellis goat milk...yummy! The chef needs to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up as the waitstaff said they were trying to appeal to everyone by keeping the complex list of ingrediaent bland (well, okay, I paraphrase and editorialise a bit on this, but basically they said ....spicy...bad, bland...good). I suggested then maybe a change of theme would work better rather than trying to pretend. In any event, great resort,fabulous staff all round, disappointing food.

Westbank: Cucina...blech, stay away.

Penticton: Salty's Beach House, fun basic food. Better than average, fun decor and freindly service. You get what you expect when you walk in...it comes with our recommendation.

Those, from my faulty memory, cover some of the places we ate at. Sorry for the typos...no spell check...no time.

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