On a cold winter's evening with the fireplace blazing, full of happy diners, the bustle in the exposed kitchen both visible and audible, the friendly professional servers moving about…all these things can be said about Vanilla Pod without mentioning its glorious setting.
Housed in Penticton's most dramatic winery with its cool combination of metal, concrete and wood, stark angles and curvy offsets, there is also the 250 degree view of Okanagan Lake from Summerland to Penticton including at this time of year the lights of the little city.
Last night the restaurant was in the midst of a Groupon feeding frenzy on a set menu. We asked for the tasting menu, which had been removed for the winter season. We were cheerfully accommodated and lingered and savored each of the five dishes. I won't describe each dish as I have never had a meal at Vanilla Pod that was less than fresh, delicious and artistically presented.
It's not an inexpensive meal but Vanilla Pod delivers good value. How could you expect all these ingredients in an inexpensive restaurant?
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