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Ricardo's Mediterranean Kitchen                                     
415 Commonwealth Road

Lake Country, BC
250-766-6810

www.ricardos.ca
twitter @ricardosmed

Chef and Co-owner: Ricardo Scebba
Sous Chef: Jarred Sauve

Sous Chef: Taylor Cooper
Floor Manager: Liz Dunn
Bar Manager: Luke Atherton
PT Manager: Melanie Cooper
Maitre 'd and Co-owner: Sue Miller

Restaurant Seats:
Indoors - 60
Outdoors - 35
Outdoor functions up to 100

Ocean Wise
Green Table Certified
Kelowna Greenest Business 2011

Entertainment: Live Jazz year-round every Thursday

Open every night from 5 p.m. Dinner only

Price Range $$-$$$                

Comfy/classy casual attire - Reservations Recommended.


This is truly a family run restaurant. Ricardo's mom's recipes and breads are featured predominately, his father's herbs and organic vegetables are delicious, their son is in the kitchen, their daughter is in the restaurant and their son-in-law is behind the bar. Even those that aren't related, feel like they are family and it shows in the atmosphere and in the food. And then there is Ricardo Scebba and his wife Sue Miller. Ricardo spends his days hunting down fresh produce and his nights in the kitchen while his wife Sue organizes everything and makes it all look way too easy.

I have eaten at Ricardo's before, and as so much of their food is seasonal it is hard to write an all-encompassing review. Their recent Wine Makers Dinner to help celebrate the Okanagan Spring Wine Fest was a huge hit. La Frenz was the featured winery and both the wine and food were first-class. 

Guests were greeted at the door and ushered onto the patio for a glass of wine. I chose the white, a Viognier, which was served with a BC spot prawn and caviar in a spoonful of red Thai curry. Although both the wine and the prawn had me wanting more, I knew the evening had just begun and I had to pace myself.

Let me say now, all the wines were perfectly paired with all the courses. One thing you can count on at Ricardo's is great pairings.

Then the guests were seated in groups of 12 at communal tables where platters of food kept coming all night long. By the time the first dish was served, everyone had introduced themselves and it felt more like a dinner party than a night out in a restaurant.

RicardosAntipastoPhotos by Kirstin Wakal

First came, the antipasto with the most delicious assortment I've ever had the pleasure of sampling. Ricardo's mom, famous for her meatballs, also makes breads from scratch. Concetta's artisan flatbread, with tomatoes, onions, olives and fennel is so delicious, it was hard not to stuff myself on it and forget about the rest of the menu. Also on the antipasto platter was bresaola, (Italian cured meat) cerignola olives, artichoke hearts and foie gras topped with La Frenz Muscat gelee. This course was served with La Frenz 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, with flavours of grapefruit and passion fruit.

RicardosCarrotSoup

Photos by Kirstin Wakal

Up next was the Minestra; a local organic silky carrot and ginger soup with roasted cashews served in a jam jar with a baby carrot. It was served with a 2011 Riesling, with delicate flavours of honey and fruit.

The Risotto Duo was like dueling banjos on my tongue. One of Porcini mushrooms with truffle oil was very earthy, while the Meyer lemon and basil Risotto was smooth without being too rich. Two wines were served: 2010 Pinot Noir, a young tasting wine with hints of red fruit, and the 2011 Reserve Chardonnay, made new world style and not overly oaked.

When they brought out the main courses, my mouth began to water again. The rack of lamb was Dijon rubbed and cornmeal encrusted with a Cabernet demi. Also served was a wild Coho salmon caponata topped with capers, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, olives and shallots. This was so flaky it was hard to be neat when serving it up and the fish itself was flavourful and moist. Side dishes included Ricardo's famous, cooked to perfection, asparagus and a garlicky polenta. It was all rounded out with a salad of baby arugula, shaved fennel and radish with a dressing of extra virgin olive oil and Meyer lemon.

Yes, there was more wine with the main dishes too! The 2008 Grand Total Reserve was a Bordeaux blend of six varieties and was delicious. Also served was a 2010 Semillon.

RicardosDessert


Then it was time for dessert. Ricardo knows how to make a dessert irresistible, and fortunately Sue knew how to pace her guests. We were served four small but delicious desserts with La Frenz Liqueur Muscat. The Armstrong four-year-old white cheddar went perfect with the Muscat. The table grapes were served frozen making them even sweeter than usual and the candied ginger mascarpone cannoli, as delicious as it was, was hard to eat in a lady-like manner, but at that point, no one cared. My favourite was the coconut panna cotta. Thank goodness it was a small helping as I would have filled myself to overflowing and eaten every last morsel had there been more.

So there you have it - a Wine Makers Dinner at Ricardo's. They have several special events scheduled year round so it is best to check their website at www.ricardos.ca for the next one. Whenever you come out, they are sure to make it a special night.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that Ricardo's cookbook That's Amore - is now a best seller. It's chock full of anecdotal stories, great recipes and photos that will make your mouth water just looking through the book (info at www.ricardos.ca). They even have a cooking show, with videos available on their website.

Photos by Kirstin Wakal



Our valuable member Darcy Nybo has been with us since Tuesday, 17 January 2012.

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