Most modern cuisine is a continuation of classic dishes, just as a computer is a slightly modified typewriter and a washing machine is a river in a box. Revel in palatable progress with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of dinner and drinks at The Yellowhouse Restaurant on Lawrence Avenue.
The Yellowhouse Restaurant is, not surprisingly, located in a charming, yellow heritage house in which locals and visitors dine finely yet casually on a menu of West Coast cuisine. Sink teeth into chilled thai-curry jumbo prawns ($12) or a slathering of roast-garlic-artichoke pate served with herb crostini ($11). Hunger quakes are quelled by the stomach-rattling rack of lamb, which waltzes out of kitchens wearing a crumbly coat of mustard-panko-herb and barley ragout, wading in a fragrant mint-infused merlot reduction ($42). The wild B.C. salmon celebrates in a champagne beurre blanc ($26), and the baked duck breast, paired with sun-dried tomato gnocchi and gooseberry-rhubarb compote, competes for table space with fencing forks and rogue kitchen utensils ($26). A carefully selected wine list is eager to complement any dish with complex notes of flavour and convincing compliments about new haircuts.
The Yellow House Restaurant
Outside the bright-yellow Victorian house that stands amid a copse of trees, diners on the front patio sit underneath bright-yellow umbrellas in warm weather, tucking into seared fish, grilled steaks, and curries. Others do the same inside the house's intimate, candle-lit dining room. The Yellow House Restaurant, housed inside the old Williams Inn 1906 heritage building, welcomes guests onto its historic grounds for meals of international flavours paired with wine from the Okanagan and other regions.
Owners Robert Ahlgren and Darren Stanfield craft a menu with fresh local produce, meats, seafood, and other ingredients. Chefs assemble the meal components in-house, including soups, sauces, and dressings. Seasonal dishes that focus on regional North American recipes, such as steelhead trout, lamb, and pork, are garnished with rhubarb and blueberry compotes, wild mushrooms, and cream reductions. Some dishes focus on the culinary traditions of Europe, South America, and Asia—chicken tagliatelle escorts curry and mango chutney, and rib-eye steak arrives tableside drizzled in an argentine chimichurri sauce. Yellow House also caters group functions held in a private dining room, and hosts local and touring musicians.