Relais Gourmande veterans, Chef Rod Butters and business partner Audrey Surrao, have just launched RauDZ Regional Table. With his best buddy, Chef Bernard Casavant, Rod Butters has helped to define British Columbia cuisine. He’s a great chef and this casual new restaurant, with Audrey running the front of the house, allows Rod the freedom from his open kitchen to interact with his guests. The best seat in the house is at the long communal table with a full view of the action in the kitchen.
I love his oat-crusted Arctic char on a bed of bitter greens. The Dungeness crab bisque is thick with sweet crabmeat. The wine list is long and local with a great selection, by the taste and by the glass. You can build your own cocktails with Okanagan fruit and whatever liquor is in the RauDZ cupboard. Try an Okanagan peach martini or a black cherry mojito both made with summer-ripened valley fruit.
In 2010 RauDZ celebrated FOOD DAY CANADA by honoring the local, homegrown tomato. The French call it “the apple of love”, the Germans, “the apple of paradise”, and we just plain love the tomato. Thanks to the Okanagan farmers for supporting food day 365 days of the year!
Food Day Canada Menu (from 2010)
TOMATO SOUP 12
bombay sapphire gin
this recipe dates back 27 years to Chef Butters’
amante picante 10
el jimador tequila, triple sec
muddled cucumber, cilantro, green chili
agave nectar, lime
TOMATO & BREAD SALAD 13
heirloom tomatoes, sourdough
bocconcini cheese, summer basil
the killer tomato 10
x4 vodka, muddled tomato, lemon
balsamico, okanagan spirits tomato brandy
DUCK CONFIT 21
butter lettuce, poached egg, tomatoes
duck prosciutto, gazpacho vinaigrette
see ya later ranch 12/gls
“unleashed” pinot noir, 2007
LAMB SIRLOIN 25
charred tomato compote, summer squash
pasta sheet, oregano
stag’s hollow 11.50/gls
cabernet sauvignon, 2008
LING COD 24
tomato consomme, scallops
new potatoes, vegetables
sundried tomato pesto crostini
peller estates 9.50/gls
private reserve sauvignon blanc, 2009
RauDZ Regional Table is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.
RauDZ Regional Table est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs . Contactez RauDZ directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation.
RauDZ only accepts reservations of 8 or more for their communal table so if you have a group, contact them at the number below. Otherwise it’s first come/first served and always worth the wait!
Raudz Regional Table
1560 Water Street
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1J7
T: 250 868 8805