I went here with my sisters on our last day of visiting together. The atmosphere is quiet and subdued; starting with the furnishings, right up to the level of noise in the place. There were a number of tables occupied but we could easily speak and hear each other. A nice change. I wouldn't have expected to find a restaurant like this here.
We all ordered something different off the menu and were all very pleased with our respective choices. I had a roasted cauliflower soup that was superb. It was done in a turkey broth and reminded me of my mom's turkey dinners with all the trimmings - not bad for soup. Then the surf-turf which was very good: not something I usually order because my husband cooks a better steak than most places, however I was pleasantly surpised.
The service was outstanding: I am always impressed when my water is refilled but I can't recall having it refilled.
We had nice wine, great conversation and a fabulous meal. A really great way to end our limited visit.
If you are looking for a nice quiet place to enjoy a really good meal - this is it. We will definitely be going back.
I am up in Kelowna about 5-6 times a year and hit at least one restaurant for dinner with each visit.
I was very impressed with Minstrel - there is a huge tree in the back patio that adds to the magic.
The food was fantastic - the service impeccable.
I can hardly wait to go back - my next trip is in October!
My sister and I have wanted to go to Chop for a long time. I was up from Vancouver August 11 and we decided to go. We were there at an off time though, and this probably contributed to our disappointing experience. As a result of some plans falling through, we ended up there early - about 5pm and we figured it was too early for a big dinner but neither of us had eaten lunch so we thought maybe we'd just try something light. Even after explaining this to the waitress, she suggested a big steak dinner for each of us, which we declined. We opted for splitting one of the special appies (a frozen sort of lobster salsa with an icy cilantro base) which was ok. I advised that I couldn't eat any gluten, which didn't appear to be a problem at first but there was very little on the menu I could eat. Usually, a place of this calibre will have at least a burger that I can eat (sans bun) but Chop actually adds breadcrumbs to their burgers. I was surprised by this - but whatever, I had the chicken burger without a bun. 2 very little pieces of grilled chicken arrived - it was very so so; a little over cooked served on lettuce. Nothing exciting.
I found the atmosphere quite stunning. I really liked the interior of that place. The music was very loud though. Once the place is fuller, you probably can't have a conversation with anybody.
The service was a bit over-done. We were asked 3 times how our food was - really, the place was empty once would have sufficed. We asked for water and were offered a choice of 'sparkling, spring or tap' - tap was fine (did I get a funny look?), we had wine and our food. The waitress was a bit annoying and wouldn't stop talking and kept interrupting us. Overall, for the money and for the choices of restaurants available in Kelowna - I don't think I'd return but you never know.
I can't comment on the food because we didn't get to eat any. We came in at about 10 after 12 on a Monday and by 12:50 we still didn't have any food. I understand that there can be a bit of a rush at lunch but nobody has two hours to wait for their food to arrive. Shameful performance.
Kids get the gluten, i get a reg, we all eat together!!!.
Great pizza, has loured me over at lunch, i was heading to Subway, but was draw to the door!!
Tasty and hot, nice crust.
Had the lunch special, grabbed two to go for supper.
Its nice that the owners make, serve and do it all.
I would recommend any time.
I was staying in the area, and had lunch at Sarazen's twice during that time. The first day I had the Steak and Tomato salad, which was outstanding - just the right amount of protein on the salad for it to be a generous lunch. It also came with a bread roll.
The second day I had the Seafood Chowder (soup of the day) and the Yellowfin Tuna Salad. This salad was also wonderful - the tuna had a nice (bit spicy) wasabi drizzle which was amazing. With the cup of soup and the bread roll, the lunch was very filling!
I had also heard about their weekly specials, and ended up going back after 4pm for their 2-for-1 appies (Thursday's special). I'm definitely coming here again next time I'm in Kelowna!
Poor service, rude staff, and extremely expensive for what you get. I think this is one of the poorest values for money in the city and the ice cream is not as good as either Moo-licks or even Coldstream Creamery.
Save your money and your frustration. Go somewhere else.
The $30.00 steak was served rotten and served without cutlery. I actually had to get up and go find the waitress to get cutlery. Need I say more? No but I will. Our drinks were the first thing we ordered and the last thing that came. They tasted like water and voldka, they were supposed to be cesears. They were not even busy.
The place was so nice that I think they spent all their budget on decor and had none left over for food and staff.
Certainly will not return.
I had #50, Stir fry chicken. Best Stir fry I have ever had! I'm not much of a noodle person, but the noodles were cooked to perfection, the amount of heat I asked for was perfect, not over powering the dish. The vegetables were perfect. The Chicken was perfect. So yummy!
I also had the vegetable and shrimp spring rolls with peanut sauce. Which was my first time having it. Peanut sauce didn't taste like peanut butter. It was okay. However, I did not like the spring rolls. My friend did. I didn't like the texture or smell.
Very friendly atmosphere. Service was great. I would definitely go again!
We've held several business get-togethers at the Mekong and found the staff and the food very satisfactory. Loved the noodle nest and fried banana dessert. Their lunch menu is great and quick for on the go healthy foods. Lots of parking and spacious dining. I would recommend The Mekong to anyone who is staying at the adjecent hotel or a local wanting something different in the area.
There were 6 of us dining and we all love 'authentic Mexican' food - we weren't disappointed! The flavours of all our meals were amazing, just the right amount of kick to them. Between us all, we had chicken, prawn, pork and steak inside our burrito's/taco's and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. And for you Margarita drinkers - they make amazing ones - and there are a variety of Tequila's if you want to upgrade to your favorite!
Horrible customer service, (15min wait for initial drinks, melting away at the bar until I myself got them as our server paced the empty pub) .. Hour wait for our food (which half came burnt to a crisp including criss cross fries & pork bites which were not replaced just quickly brought to kitchen and back.. )disgusting managing skills (not even acknowledging the fact we had a terrible experience . & not providing an apology at very LEAST)., I wouldn't recommend ANYONE to this place.
Before we left Kelowna, we gathered here for a mid afternoon breakfast. It seems to be one of the most popular restaurants in town, with a large queue patiently waiting outside for a table inside.
Luckily for us, the wait was fairly minimal and were seated at a large communal table by the kitchen. Everything about the space is a little eclectic and off beat. The difference between this and a similar outfit in, say Vancouver is that it lacks any of the posturing attitude and the holier than thou persona whereby they feel they're doing you a favour for eating there. Everything feels relaxed and there are plenty of families with infants and elderly and few if any of the beatniks and hipsters you figure you would at a place like this.
Where the eccentricity ends is in the food. Dishes are of the homestyle, comfort food variety which is a great find. They proudly proclaim their housemade meats so obviously most of our table ordered the classic egg's benny with their house ham. Perfectly poached eggs to order with a better than usual hollandaise caps off the great in-house ham that you can easily distinguish between commercially made. My corned beef hash uses a generous helping of corned beef slices mixed in with nicely made hashbrowns served up with bagel and butter on the side along with over easy eggs, which look to be organic.
Like the food, the staff are honest and aim to please. Things are casual here so comfort level is high while not being too laid back with checking up.
Nothing is outstanding or even well above average, but they do everything just a little bit better than they should. For that, it's a lovable place.
A hot summer July evening doesn't lend itself to many comfortable dining choices but from the street Fernando's looked like the perfect spot.
Though we dined al fresco, much emphasis was spent decorating the interior, from the Victorian inspired tin ceilings to the countless pieces of Mexicano posters and figurines standing proud. Lighting seems to be at a premium, almost seeming done purposely as to add to the ambiance.
We started off with some Mexican refresher sodas and promptly ordered the carnitas and al pastor tacos to share. The complimentary chips were great, with a sprinkling of seasoned salt and four housemade salsas in varying degrees of spiciness, namely in order from mild to hot - the pico de gallo, verde, arbol and habanero. The carnitas and al pastor were nothing more than diced bits of duck fried to the point where it resembled leftover chicken recooked in the pan. It was dry, bland and even lacked flavour from the accompanied pickled onions, pineapple and diced raw onions and tomato. An authentic bit was that they did use the small corn tortillas but weren't doubled up.
It was hard to complain about the service given the food, as the server was friendly, ran through the different salsas and was quick for checkups.
Another surplus to the bloated faux Mexican cuisine. If you like Taco Del Mar, you'll probably like this.
Looking to pick up some fresh bread we headed down the road to find several options but stumbled into Tripke's.
This is very much a neighbourhood style bakery. While the space itself is tidy little eye-pleasing is put into the visual appeal of the bakery, rather the breads and baked goods are what does the selling. There seems to be a sizable seating area behind the bakery, which I can only surmise to be part of Tripke's.
We ended up only with a loaf of white french bread. It had a not too thick and not too thin crust and fluffy innards. We passed on the cookies and cakes and even the local specialty of ogopogos eggs and went with the jumbo salt pretzel. It's a rare find of sorts great when fresh. The course salt crystals compliments the chewy, bagel like texture from the pretzel.
You'll be able to the catch the attention of one of several staffers behind the display cases but the actual service seems to feel a little indifferent depending on who you get. Either way, they do seem helpful with questions their way.
Good find down Bernard.
The truth is I do not have a sweet tooth per se, but I do enjoy well made pastries and the girlfriend and I believe we have likely found the best source in Kelowna.
On the outside it looks like any other pastry shop but on the inside, the conspicuous whites and simply decorated design draws you into the window displays at the island showcasing their delights.
We didn't know when we would be back so instead we went a bit grand on the picks. For cakes, she picked the Opera, a layered cake with a ganache glaze, a classic black forest, a hazelnut chocolate, a brownie and a Fraisier strawberry shortcake. The assortment ranges from pillowy light to densely rich yet lacks the intense sweetness or heaviness from crudely prepared alternatives. We also picked up a few brioche buns, flaky croissants, an apple and raisin danish, the incredible frangipane and a housemade pate for lunch. As good as the cakes were, the frangipane with the almond paste filling is a must buy item.
They are a bit lacking with over the counter staff as 2-3 people with a lengthy order slows down the lone staff up front quite a bit. Still when we were finally able to order, she was incredibly friendly and helpful with selection choices and recommendations. Another small but appreciable gesture is that they tape the bottom of the cakes so they don't slide around inside the box.
Sandrine also has a small selection of meat pies, sorbet, quiches, soups and sandwiches and even take home duck confit so I'm sure we'll have to make the trek back. Recommend.
An excurision out to Kelowna led a group of 6 of us to a more predictable restaurant for a family dinner.
As with all chains, Milestones keeps the tradition with familiarity all around, from the open and trendy design to the loud ambiance and fresh, friendly faces.
The choices were different all around the table from chicken penne to steak frites to black cod to my gf's caesar salad and my chef's cut prime rib. Everyone enjoy their entrees but my gf's salad was heavy on the dressing and shaved asiago and reggiano and topped with stale coutons. My prime rib was surprisingly good with a nice colour ring from a higher temperature sear and on flavour alone, I would consider it to be better than most if not all Kegs. Drinks were inconsistently made, especially my poorly made pimm's, and at $8 for a single, was terribly expensive for what amounted to was mostly ginger ale.
We liked our amiable server and he was timely for checkups especially given the busy dinner rush at that time. Again, for a chain it was almost expected.
Milestones meets the mark for consistently.
I had to post this review.We had a perfect dinner at Cabana. We showed up without a reservation, the dining room was full so they sat us in the lounge- we enjoyed our intimate booth.OUr server looked like she was too young to drink, but we soon realized that this young lady loved her job. She spoke with passionately of her favorite wines, and the Chef's best dishes. We went with their homemade pasta with huge scallops- Ive never had fresh pasta before, it was amazing. We also had the Fresh Tuna with a maple glaze- again, perfect. We were told that they have live music in their dining room every Saturday. We will be back.
Good value. not cheap but better value than I had expected.
This has to be one of the best , if not the best Pizzeria i have been to . Great service, comfortable seating areas for everyones desire, and great food ! I will definitely visiting again ! Thank you All A Lot !! it was great !
Me and my family wish you all the best , and will see you around the next time we are in town , keep up the great work .
This is definitely on of my favorite restaurants in Kelowna. It has only been open a short time but already it is rapidly becoming one of the most popular. I have been there 3 times in the last week. I love the pizza, flatwiches and pasta. The servers are very friendly. The owners have another restaurant in Nelson, BC and are used to catering to special requests.(vegetarian or vegan) Prices are very reasonable and comparable to other restaurants in the area. The decor is elegant, but not pretentious. The only downside is the menus are hard to read with the low lighting, but these are apparently being changed soon. I will certainly return and will tell others about my experience. Welcome to Kelowna "Twisted Tomato" and keep up the great work!
|2.||Cabana Bar and Grille|
|4.||Twisted Tomato Pizzeria|
|5.||Bohemian Cafe & Catering Co.|
|6.||Sarazen's Restaurant at Okanagan Golf Club|
|7.||Marble Slab Creamery|
|9.||Milestones Grill & Bar|
|10.||Minstrel Cafe & Bar|
|11.||Chop Steakhouse & Bar|
|12.||Vietnam Village Restaurant|
|13.||Old Vines Restaurant|
|14.||Hungry Hound Restaurant|
|17.||Post Haus Pub|
|19.||Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate (by La Boulangerie)|