A tribute to the neon colour schemes and youth-centric culture of the 1980s, Sunset Burgers fosters the atmosphere of a California-style burger joint with a simple yet meticulously made menu of grilled fare. Opening onto the casual dining room, the gleaming kitchen houses a swirl of activity as chefs shape handmade burgers for the grill and meticulously hand-cut batches of french fries. Eager to please the palates of all diners, Sunset Burgers also offers chicken burgers and meatless veggie burgers, going so far as to toss out buns completely in favour of a lettuce-enveloped patty for those ordering their burger Yaletown style. Diners chow down in a brightly lit dining space where technicolor murals featuring boom boxes and shoulder-padded fashionistas whisk visitors back to the past or last weekend's high-school reunion.
It's no secret why the tandoor is a staple of Indian eateries: the clay oven sears food while sealing in succulent juices and rich flavours. Agra Tandoori Restaurant's variety of traditional dishes puts the cooking device to copious use. Prawns are popped in to soak up hints of ginger and garlic, while lamb marinates overnight in defiance of the chef's lights-out policy. But the tandoor is far from the tool the eatery uses to give its food a distinctive flavour. A tawa griddle sears bone-in chicken. Seasoned eggplant bakes over charcoal. Chilled desserts of falooda kulfi never touch heat at all, instead drizzling rose syrup and pistachios atop a fanciful pileup of ice cream and spaghetti-like noodles. Feasts of all temperatures are served inside Agra's comfortable dining room, where colourful artwork surrounds tables draped in white linen.
Since it was originally built in 1926, Hotel Eldorado has hugged the Okanagan lakeshore, giving its patrons access to serene waters via the Eldorado Marina. A private boardwalk allows guests to enjoy the lake's sights and creates stunning views from many of the hotel's windows. A modest 52 rooms ensures each guest is well tended to, and a convention area offers a lively space for business or banquet gatherings. At the facility's Kelowna Restaurant, the bar brings in locals and visitors alike to try its more than 150 wines, and lakeside views from large windows enchant each diner's bites of coastal fish, lamb, and fresh vegetables.
Outdoors, the hotel ramps up entertainment with an eclectic fleet of water-sports gear and boats. Renters can take to the waves in the Championship Mastercraft X35 wakeboat or in simpler vessels such as Sea-Doos, kayaks, or stand-up paddleboards. An arsenal of beachware and boating accessories enhances enjoyment of the water’s edge, and independent boat owners can fill tanks with the marina’s fuel supply and use nightly moorage to safeguard vessels prone to sleep voyaging.
Kuro Asian Cuisine offers a plethora of menu items from different Asian culinary traditions, with flavors ranging from Korean to Thai. Specialty sushi rolls are filled with such ingredients as fried lobster tail, cheese, and blueberry sauce. In the kitchen, chefs cook classic Asian meals, including plates of bulgogi beef and bowls of udon with spicy chicken.
Pemberton Station Pub pairs an eclectic menu of comfort pub fare with televised high-definition sports. The Pemby penne regales mouths with an aria-inducing ensemble of chicken breast, chorizo, and mushrooms ($12), and the doughy base of Gary's Sheppard pie hoists lean ground beef, carrots, onions, corn, garlic mashed potatoes, gravy, and cheese ($14). Chefs certify crab-and-cheese-stuffed jalapenos for scuba dives in sweet chili sauce ($9), and patrons browse a library of 6-ounce Pemberton Station burgers ($11) ranging from a classic bacon cheeseburger to a flash-fried halibut burger. Diners climb the Lincolnshire-sausage peaks of bangers and mash ($12), heedless of sautéed onion-slides and avalanches of sage gravy.