Waterfront Wines Restaurant, Kelowna, British Columbia

Kelowna is a hotbed of culinary talent. Many of the young chefs (seems that youth is a prerequisite) have arrived from across Canada. Because the city is at the heart of the wine industry, it was just a matter of time before a chef with sommelier credentials would land in the valley.

In 2004, Chef/Sommelier Mark Filatow opened his intimate Waterfront Wines Restaurant. Up till then Mark had honed his culinary skills at some of the most prestigious restaurants in BC including Wickaninnish Inn, Vancouver’s Bishops and Kelowna’s Fresco Restaurant, now RauDZ Regional Table.

Mark is a brilliant chef — he’ll pot-steam a sablefish filet and serve it with a local corn fritter and a leek and Saltspring Island mussel chowder.  He serves his peppercorn-crusted flat iron steak with a Bordelaise sauce and buttery fork-mashed potatoes and each Thursday night the team spit roasts local, naturally-raised meats. In every case Chef Filatow can tell you exactly which wine will make your tastebuds dance with joy.

Waterfront Wines Restaurant has garnered Awards of Excellence from the Wine Spectator every year since 2006 and had successive wins as the Best Okanagan Restaurant in the Vancouver Magazine Awards. This is a major accomplishment since the Okanagan has a cadre of some of the best chefs on the continent.  However, if you read the Food Day Canada menus as they appear annually, you’ll understand why. They are sleek and you can almost hear the chef thinking…”How much fun can I have with this..?”

Food Day Canada

August 5th, 2017

1st Course

Enter Milan the Tomato Man of Vancouver. We are allocated a few of his precious tomatoes. Pickled Mussels are a great counter part to the spicy N’Duja. The N’Duja has been a nagging item after I had it in Italy. So an idea came. Take fermented local espelletes and use that in the mixture. Worked great!

The Stags Hollow Albariño has the fruit to stand up to the heat.

Salad of;

Stoney Paradise Tomatoes

Pickled Mussels, Pumpkin Seed Romanesco Sauce

Grilled Baguette

Wild Moon Organic Berkshire N’duja

Stags Hollow, 2016 Albariño, Okanagan Falls


Main Course

It was a hot weekend for sure. We have been working with this sturgeon a little and we were looking to work with it some more. Meaty Sturgeon.

Crispy Dumplings with smoked chicken and chicken schmaltz instead of butter.

The sweet peppery Cauliflower leaves and a Cauliflower sauce with local Similkameen saffron! Milkweed Capers add the acid pop to the sauce. This bridges the Tantalus Chardonnay nicely. A richer Creamy version, it stands up to the Sturgeon, while the saffron pulls fruit flavours out.

Northern Divine Sturgeon

Crispy Sterling Springs Chicken Dumplings

Baby Carrots, Old Meadows Young Cauliflower Leaves

Saffron and Cauliflower Sauce

Milkweed ‘Capers’

Tantalus, 2015 Chardonnay, Kelowna



Sour cream is an old family thing of mine. Summer berries with lightly Sweetened Sour Cream was always around my Grandparents house. Rhubarb a natural. We soaked cherry pits in Okanagan Spirits bourbon for a month to pull out those almond flavours and added Anise Hyysop from my garden to the ice cream

Summer in a tart with a glass of complementary Okanagan Spirits Rhubarb Liquor.

A great way to finish a Food Day Canada Menu….

Old Meadows Fresh Strawberry Tart

Okanagan Spirits Rhubarb Liquor Jellies

Sour Cream Pastry Cream

Cherry Pit and Anise Hyssop Ice Cream

Okanagan Spirits Rhubarb Liquor, Okanagan




Waterfront Wines Restaurant is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.

Waterfront Wines Restaurant est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs. Contactez Waterfront Wines Restaurant directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation.

Waterfront Wines Restaurant
104 – 1180 Sunset Drive,
Kelowna, BC, V1Y 9W6

T: 250 979 1222


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