As we walked by the packed restaurant Raudz Regional Table in downtown Kelowna, with a small line outside, we knew this restaurant came widely recommended for a reason. A busy restaurant means happy customers.
Rather than wait the 45 minutes to get a table, we sat at the bar and had a fanstastic and comfortable experience. The bar stool were comfortable, and the restaurant was buzzing. Great service, even at the bar.
David had some fun with the great cocktail menu, starting with “smoke and mirrors” with mezcal, ape rol, ancho reyes, vanilla and vermouth, and then moved on to the Oleo Old Fashioned (that he felt tasted a lot like a rusty nail). I was very happy with my sangria with a hint of peach.
Raudz is all about local, fresh and showcasing Okanagan regional products. The menu is full of veggies, fish and beef and it was hard to choose.
Ultimately, David and I split the heirloom tomato and crab cappuccino starters. Heirloom tomatoes are amazing here, and full of flavour (and we really enjoyed this starter). The crab cappuccino was really original – foam and broth and dungeness crab came together for an earthy umami bomb! It even came with a little crab-shaped carrot.
For our entrees, we each were incredibly impressed with the specials for the night. I chose the halibut with barley and pea fritters and a celery purée. David raved about his flat iron grilled steak with chimichurri and a load of local root vegetables and a smattering of cherries.
Raudz really does showcase the Okanagan table, and we are glad we experienced it!