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 Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Victoria August 30, 2019 Mary Ploegsma—The Tattoo Series I It was an unforgettable afternoon. Mary Ploegsma served us David’s Tea’s vanilla chai with sweet local strawberries and chocolate biscuits. The ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Comments are closed.