After a great day of gofling and wine tasting, my husband and I were very much looking forward to a nice dinner at Bogners;. After all, Bogners had been recommended to us both by locals as well as by the conceirge at the hotel. Moreover, conceptually at least, Bogners was on our radar because of thier reputation for using locally sourced ingredients, some produced on the grounds of the restaurant.
We arrived early by choice because it was the first days of the Okanagan Winefestival and wanted to ensure we were able to get a table. No problem there.....we were the only people there until 7:00 PM. The hostess and server were friendly and made is feel very much at home. The waitress talked a lot about the talents of the chef his use of local ingredients. Ok, bring it on!
I ordered a beet salad that promised hand picked greens, beets, goat cheese and candied pecans. Yes, greens there were but adorned with one sliced beet and scant cheese and pecans. Definately a miss. My husdand ordered the escargot delivered in a cast iron ramakin with pearl onions, mushrooms and a delicious broth. To be fair, this was wonderful with the fresh bread for dipping. We also shared a fresh tomato salad from thier garden and it was fantastic.
Moving on the main course, (or so we hoped), delivered well over an hour after out salads. By now there were three other table in the diningroom but it was certainly not busy. I had the Arctic Char on quinoa and by husband, the filet. Char was just ok, somewhat tasteless and the filet over cooked to medium rendering it tasteless. The waitress was very good about taking it back to the kitchen and ordering reordering a rare filet as was first intended. Unfortunately, by the time the second filet make it to the table, dinner was over, wine was gone and we were ready to call it a night. Two bites later, the filet and desert were packed up and we were anxious to head out the door.
Final analysis, over two hours for dinner and not for the pleasure of lingering over a great meal. Dinner for two and a moderately priced bottle of wine was $160.00, money that would have been well worth it had the dinner been half as good as the waitress described.
We agreed, a two dressed up like a nine.
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