Seasonal 56 Restaurant's chef Adrian Beaty values the work of Fraser Valley's local farmers and producers so much that he often invites them to the restaurant to examine their craft or collaborate with them on new menu items. These interactions result in regularly changing seasonal menus featuring local ingredients including grains, root vegetables, duck, and lamb from nearby farmers and butchers such as Glorious Organics and Thiessen Farms. The eatery also employs knowledgeable servers that can expound on menu items such as locally crafted cheeses from Agassiz Farm House and Milner Valley Cheese. In keeping with the focus on access to local ingredients and merchants, Seasonal 56 Restaurant also offers Gumboot dinners that consist of family-style fixed-course meals featuring a guest producer, who contributes a special ingredient to each dish and leaves heartfelt love letters under each plate. Additionally, the restaurant?s proximity to its featured wineries, breweries, and farms enables diners to visit the source of their meal's components. The restaurant's retail section offers house-made seasonal fare, which diners can pick up to eat at home or feed their pet snowmen.
Scanning Del Pollo's cozy dining room, it's not unlikely you'll see a few sombreros speckled throughout the largely hatless group of guests. That’s because waiters crown birthday celebrants with the classic Mexican cap, adding an air of unpretentious fun and festivity to the room. The cooks, however, make no such distinctions—they serve their authentic Mexican cuisine to everyone no matter their day of birth. These chefs fill sizzling fajitas with prawns tossed in house sauce, wrap flour tortillas around char-grilled AAA sirloin steak marinated with chipotle peppers, and whip up a Mexican poutine with achiote sauce, jalapeños, and a three-cheese blend. In addition to classic Mexican dishes, they whip up calamari with housemade tzatziki sauce and a New Orleans–style jambalaya comprised of chorizo sausage, scallops, and veggies. Bartenders complement the kitchen’s creations with a wealth of soft drinks, beers, shooters, and sangria, as well as specialty cocktails and margaritas. The soft glow from wall lamps, flatscreen TVs, and Christmas lights strung from the ceiling illuminate the live musicians who grace Del Pollo's stage.
Ban Chok Dee—which translates to house of good luck —captivates visitors with a spread of colourful, fragrant, and expertly balanced curries, noodle dishes, and rice plates. Traditional entrees, from pad thai to spring rolls, offset modern variations, such as the Pad Ped Jungle—crispy pork sautéed with shredded bamboo shoots in a spicy sauce—all of which draw from a palette of zesty sauces, potent chili oils, and creamy, coconut-milk-based broths. While embarking on their culinary voyage, guests gather amid leafy potted greenery and black-lacquered wood accents for a calm respite. Together, the food and atmosphere were voted Best Thai restaurant of 2011 and 2012 by readers of the Langley Advance.
To enhance the appreciation for Thai cuisine, owner and executive chef Parinya teaches lessons in how to create flavourful meals using simple techniques and telekinesis. The hands-on courses demystify ingredients, equipment, and the steps necessary to form four dishes, finishing up with a fun and delicious tasting.
At NY Grill and Bistro, patrons choose from a variety of menu items to craft a personalized, three-course meal. Culinary journeys begin as diners consult compasses to navigate spoons through a creamy New England–style clam chowder (a $4.95 value) and then pierce forks into a choice of shrimp or chicken caesar salad (a $7.95 value). For entrees, nibble on New York–style ribs ($14.95), devour pasta offerings such as chicken fettuccine alfredo ($10.95), or cut into prawns on top of a charcoal-broiled new york steak ($14.95). Meanwhile, 42'' flat screen televisions engage eyes with a visual feast of sports games. Though not included in today's Groupon, patrons can quench thirst and curl biceps using pitchers of draft beer ($11.95), including an Okanagan Spring pale ale and Honey Brown lager.
Tipplers who choose the Naramata Wine Tour will traverse the vineyard-lined vistas of the Naramata Bench, visiting five to seven wineries, such as Elephant Island Orchard Wines, Laughing Stock Vineyards, and Red Rooster Winery. The Kelowna Wine Tour leads libation lovers into the sun-soaked wealth of Kelowna's wineries, with such featured stops as the Mission Hill Family Estate and Quails' Gate. Guided by an expert in the ways of wining, both tours regale visitors with tales of grapedom and include chauffeured transportation, ensuring guests will save enough energy for decadent imbibing. Naramata pick-up and drop-off is at the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa, about a five-hour drive from Vancouver; Kelowna pick-up and drop-off is at the Best Western Inn Kelowna, about a 4.5-hour drive.
Lelem' Arts and Cultural Cafe was named for the Kwantlen word for house?or a place to gather. Indeed, the cafe exudes a vibe of creativity and collaboration. A large round table sits in one room, smaller round tables in another. There, people chat over craft beer, local wine, or cups of coffee from Vancouver-based JJ Bean. Should they need some inspiration, all visitors need to do is look to the walls. There, they might find paintings or masks, some of which may be for sale and all of which come to life when no one is looking.
Beyond artwork and cultural programs, the team at Lelem' showcase local organic foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu emphasizes homemade breads, soups, and local meats from the Fraser Valley.