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 menu below, you’ll understand why. It’s sleek and you can almost hear the chef thinking…”How much fun can I have with this..?”
Food Day Canada 2016
July 30th, 2016
Suncatcher Farms Savoie Cabbage wrapped Sterling Springs Chicken Sausage
Housemade Sunshine Farms Cocoa Bean Miso, Crisp Skin
Eldorado Farms Basil
2yr old Fermented Serrano, Shaved Daikon,
Fitzpatrick, 2014 Chardonnay, Okanagan
Cache Creek Beef Duo;
Pan Roasted Tenderloin, Overnight Brisket
Wise Earth Farms Sprouted Legume and Porcini Ragout
Davison Orchard Transparent Apple
Orofino, 2015 Wild Ferment Syrah, Similkameen
Bowl Full of Textures…
Apricot Panna Cotta, Fresh Organic Blueberries, Arlo’s Raspberry Sorbet
Crunchy Oat Streusel, Honey and Apricot Gelée
Pour Over of Tantalus Blanc de Noir 2013, East Kelowna
The Explanation of Each Course:
“We began experimenting with fermentations a few years ago. Last year we received some heirloom beans from Sunshine farms and made a really nice Miso with them, Cabbage, Chicken, Miso, Touch of complex heat from the fermented serrano’s. These flavours tied together with basil, bring the Chardonnay into play. The inaugural vintage from Fitzpatrick (the former Cedarcreek Family); Great acid, creamy palate, fresh but with a rich texture.”
“Mushrooms, with sprouted legumes….local porcini, local beef done two ways.
Charred Cauliflower and transparent apple from the historic Davison Orchard in Vernon. These flavours called for a bright wine with some darker tones. In comes Orofino and their wild ferment Syrah. Done in Concrete…but not eggs, John commissioned sewer pipe manufactory in Osoyoos to build him two. So instead of concrete from California, shipped up by train. A truck came and dropped off two sewer pipe vessels from 50km away. The result is a super soft approachable but structured red. Bright snappy red fruits with a nice peppery earthiness to compliment the mushrooms.”
“Well, we live in an historically orchard filled area. So I wanted to use that theme in the dessert. The Honey and berries came from Arlo’s. The Apricots are from Claremont Ranch (used to be McCoubrey’s..a 100 year old Apple tree still exists there.(I hear…)). Mooly and Matt bought it a few years back. Yeah, a young couple entering farming! Funny thing is the Blanc de Noir from Tantalus is not just the ‘beverage’ with dessert. It might have provided some of the honey in it as well.
Arlo’s has hives at Tantalus.
The pour over of the sparkling wine ends the evening with a festive and light refreshing finish to the meal. A great way to finish a Food Day Canada Menu….”
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