Although mambo 'taliano's mustard-yellow awning calls the eatery a "ristorante and piano bar," it's difficult to say which aspect has more influence. The chefs fully commit to the menu of traditional Italian staples by rolling pastas, curing Alaskan salmon, and making fresh mozzarella in-house. These sorts of touches add a homespun quality to dishes such as the spaghetti with pancetta and pecorino romano cheese, and the thin-pounded veal milanese with arugula and cherry tomatoes. To help prime palates, the appetizer selection features everything from marinated Sicilian olives to a shareable antipasto platter with cured meats and roasted vegetables. The aromatic herbs and the sight of diners enjoying meals at the outdoor patio help attract passersby, but so does the sound of live jazz emanating from the dining room. Solo pianists and ensembles aim to entertain patrons with soothing background melodies. Coupled with the sounds of spirited conversations, these performances help create a lively atmosphere where diners can comfortably enjoy a casual meal, a glass of wine, or an impromptu dance off.
At Turtle Bay Pub, scenic views of Wood Lake enhance the experience of sipping cold brews and indulging in a diverse selection of pub fare. That cuisine ranges from hearty classics, such as racks of ribs or steak & Guinness pies, to lighter dishes, such as flatbreads topped with prosciutto, pear, and goat cheese. Live music sets the mood on Friday nights, and on others, it's set by the cheers and groans of patrons as they watch sports games. Sunday brunch, replete with omelettes and buttermilk pancakes, is also available.
Curry sauces of red, gold, and green add color to white ceramic dishes at Mon Thong Thai Restaurant. Chefs trained in Bangkok slice peppers into primary-colored strips, sear cuts of beef, and stir heaps of taste bud-illuminating curry into their masterpieces. Spicy or mild, the ingredients unite to create big flavors, with herb- and spice-laced noodles, seafood, and coconut rice all making appearances on the menu.
Mon Thong has three locations, and the latest, on Ellis Street, boasts an all-white interior accented by marble tabletops and elegantly simple wall designs. Such clean d?cor encourages the food's bright hues to pop with their vibrancy?unlike a snowman hitching a ride on the back of a mail truck.
The Chopped Leaf’s staff quickly whips up healthy, hearty wraps, gourmet salads, and thick chowders, along with a kids' menu. Following recipes carefully curated by their chefs or the whims of each customer, they blend traditional and ethnic flavours such as pesto, chipotle, and cranberry into their signature and custom dishes, in addition to preparing gluten-free and vegan options. Diners also have the option to create their own salads and wraps using the more than 50 fresh ingredients available to them. They also cook up catered portions of these flavourful, nutritious eats to satisfy cravings at parties, offices, and long lines at the supermarket checkout.
In most parts of the world, Nagano is best known as the host city of the 1998 Winter Olympics. But when residents of Kelowna hear the word, they don't think of ski jumpers and snow-mobile throwers. No, their minds fixate instead on the huge variety of Japanese and pan-Asian dishes at Nagano Sushi. Chief among these offerings are the 25 creative maki rolls constructed by chefs behind the sushi bar. Though these rolls can't help but steal most of the attention, other popular menu items include plates of crispy pork dumplings and beef teriyaki.
At Wasabi Izakaya, owner and chef Jyunya Nakamura oversees the creation of an innovative menu, which outfits traditional Japanese dishes with modern twists. Jyunya and his staff take a tapas-style approach to their cuisine, crafting artful, yet scaled-down portion sizes so diners can explore many different Japanese flavors during a single visit.