Written By Anya Levykh Folks / Reporter Sep 10, 2012 First Look: Watermark Wine Bar SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Left- Watermark Wine Bar, Right - Jonas Statlander Photos Courtesy: WatermarkWatermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos has been around for a few years, and during that time has become known for the quality of chow put out by their wine bar. Recently, they welcomed Jonas Stadtländer as their new Executive Chef, who took the local-seasonal-sustainable menu to a whole new level. Stadtländer is an unassuming individual who prefers to let his food speak for itself, but his résumé certainly does some shouting of its own. A Toronto native, Stadtländer grew up on a mixed farm in rural Ontario (his father is well-known chef Michael Stadtländer) where field-to-table was a way of life. He eventually went on to work at restaurants in Japan, Germany, Australia and Canada, including Germany’s Wielandshöhe restaurant and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Tokyo. Truffled rocket salad. Photo by: Anya LevykhWhile the menu changes seasonally (sometimes weekly), certain favourites, like the truffled rocket salad, seem in it for the long haul. Local arugula gets more than a healthy dose of truffle vinaigrette, and then is topped with creamy local blue cheese, several hearty chunks of vanilla-poached pear, and crunchy candied walnuts. It’s a simple, but inspired dish that sings a happy harmony of summer and fall. Dukkah-spiced calamari. Photo by: Anya LevykhClassic dishes like calamari also get a bit of a rework, with Stadtländer’s international experience lending an exotic touch. Crunchy tubes of squid are seasoned with dukkah, a Middle Eastern blend of spices and nuts—in this case, ground almonds—and served over a lentil-cilantro salad made rich with sweet onion puree and balsamic glaze. The whole gets topped off with some crunchy carrots for colour and pop, and earns the dish serious snack cred. One of the advantages of the outdoor kitchen (located right on the patio), is the large amount of open-air grilling and barbecue that goes on. Popular items like Okanagan sirloin come topped with caramelized onions and housemade rosemary barbecue sauce. I had mine with a side dish of sautéed mixed mushrooms that was large enough to be a main all by itself. The wine list, as befitting a wine bar in the South Okanagan, focuses on local bottles, with almost 20 available by the glass, including standouts like Moon Curser’s Syrah and Laughing Stock’s Portfolio. Markups on bottle selections are extremely reasonable, and the library selection has some real gems, like Rustic Roots’ 2009 Plum (a personal favourite). If you need a break from all the grape, however, not to worry. The wine bar stocks an impressive list of gin- and vodka-based martinis, as well as some after-dinner snifters. Open daily throughout the fall for lunch and dinner. 15 Park Place, Osoyoos | 250.495.5500 | www.watermarkbeachresort.com chefOkanaganOsoyoosResortRestaurant SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Anya Levykh Anya Levykh was born on the shores of the Black Sea, in what was formerly the USSR. The cold, Communist winters were too much for her family, and, before she was four feet tall, they had left for warmer climes in the south of ... Read More You may also like Food People July 4, 2017 Island Food: The Challenges of Growing a Food Business on the Gulf Islands Twenty minutes of climbing and I am gasping for breath, initially from the hike, then from the unexpected beauty of the view. Sapphire sky fills the ... Read More Food People / Victoria May 19, 2017 Meet Entrepreneur Daniel Edler and his Ice Cream Subscription Business Daniel Edler of 49 Below Artisan Ice Cream, an ice cream subscription service based in Victoria, BC, will be a featured speaker at the June ... Read More Food People / Interesting Locals May 18, 2017 Meet Entrepreneur Mike Rowe of Accio Mike Rowe of Accio, an on-demand restaurant and retail delivery service based in Victoria, BC, will be a featured speaker at the June 12th EAT ... Read More Interesting Locals / Victoria May 15, 2017 Meet Food Entrepreneurs Alyssa & Corey of Local Urban Bites Alyssa and Corey of Local Urban Bites, a meal kit delivery service based in Victoria, BC, will be two of the featured speakers at the June 12th EAT ... Read More Interesting Locals / Vancouver March 31, 2017 10 Questions for BC Distilled Founder Alex Hamer BC Distilled is British Columbia’s premier artisan distillery festival. Its goal is to celebrate and highlight British Columbia’s ... Read More Causes / Events March 28, 2017 10 Questions for Food Activist Arlene Stein Arlene Stein is a Canadian food activist and the executive director and founder of Canada’s largest food symposium, Terroir, which takes place ... Read More Comments are closed.