June had started out cool and overcast but a perfect sunny day for lunch by the lake had finally arrived. We had heard good press about the new restaurant opening in the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre®, so off we headed to Lake Okanagan. Parking in downtown Kelowna in the summer can be a challenge, but there was ample parking at the Prospera Place and we just walked across the street to the new Oak + Cru restaurant. We had no reservation, but the later time meant missing the downtown business crowd and we were lucky enough to be was shown directly to a lovely table on the waterfront patio. The waitress apologised that the sun umbrella order has not yet arrived, but we found a table partial shaded by the hotel but still with a great view of the lake.
Executive Chef Iain Rennie’s creations were phenomenal. Judy had The Other Burg – chickpea and caramelised, onion patty cake, cumin, cucumber, cilantro, spiced yogurt, tomato jam. I opted for the Brisket Flatbread – smoked brisket, compressed pear, Cambozola blue cheese, mozzarella, hoisin tomato sauce, dijon crème fraîche. Both were yummy! We washed it all down with an outstanding 50th Parallel Rosé.
On the way out we noticed the private dining room within the wine vault. When we enquired about the room, James Addington, the Food & Beverage Manager, said that they were still working on the theme. One of the options was a Farm to Table theme where the customers would accompany Chef Rennie to the farmers market and select the ingredients for their dinner. A great idea, hope it comes to fruition.
Leaving the restaurant we just happened to run into an August Exotic Tours Black Ferrari F430. Some lucky tourist was just about to depart on a half day tour of Okanagan Wine County is an exotic car foursome.
If you are looking for a great summer lunch and dinner spot in Kelowna, I would definitely recommend trying the Oak + Cru.