The Vanilla Pod Reviews
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
YELP AND TRIP ADVISOR REVIEWS
The Vanilla Pod reviews:
At the Vanilla Pod we have been receiving a number of awards lately. We are proud to be the recipient of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2016, and in fact have won the same award for a number of years consecutively.
Okanagan Life Magazine voted us Best of the Best in the Okanagan and we also won Best Chef, and Best Winery Restaurant for South Okanagan. We were also a Vancouver Magazine finalist for Best Restaurant and received an honourable mention.
An excerpt from “Okanagan dining: Defined” The Pod made the move from Summerland to the new Poplar Grove Winery on the shoulder of Munson mountain in Penticton.l coud write an entire review on the view alone; it's a magnificent accompaniment to every meal. The move was positive in so many ways: more tables, more floor space, a bigger kitchen, and the opportunity to have a space that reflects what I think is more attuned to the Pod philosophy of food preparation and presentation.It's an essential space. It's a room beautifully understated with clean lines that celebrate and enhance the natural wonder outside those floor-to-ceiling windows. Free from unnecessary kitsch and clutter. In a way, a lot like the plates that parade from the kitchen.
We visited in late November on a Friday evening. We knew it wasn't going to be busy but we always make a reservation. The earlier they can prepare, the better for all.
Everything was excellent: here are a few of the highlights: A first course of seared scallops on a sheath of citus fennel with pea shoots. Beautiful with the bubble in our glasses, The next course was a neat twist, presented like a sushi but cooked and warm, Large shrimp, pan seared on rice timpani with a mild red-orange curry. That was followed by salmon topped with a melange of sauteed mushrooms a small, delicious little pyramid of bread I can not recall the name of. The 'big' dish was a couple pork chops 'tomahawk' style, draped in apple sauce and resting on a raft of potato pancake. And their was dessert, A combo of apple tart with ice cream and a creme brulee with classic lavender shortbread cookies. To say we were blissed out would be an understatement. The Vanilla Pod should be a must for anyone visiting Penticton and the Okanagan and who believes food is much more than just fuel.
-Bradley C, Penticton (Yelp)
"Dream Wedding Dinner” My daughter's wedding dinner at the Vanilla Pod Restaurant in Poplar Grove Winery in Penticton was the best tasting, professionally orchestrated, and most beautifully presented wedding dinner that I have ever attended. And the dining room was so elegant...it was a magical supper. Can't say enough good things about the chefs, servers, bartender. major kudos to all.
N Fusilio, Vancouver (TripAdvisor)
"This place is a Must See" I have been to the Okanagan on and off throughout my whole life, and this is one of the best views. If you go here, make sure to bring a camera or a decent smartphone.
Melissa M, Sugar Land, USA (Yelp)
"Exquisite Food and Stunning View" While visiting Penticton on business I managed to have several meals at the Vanilla Pod and each one was more delicious than the other. The beef, salmon, deserts and Nan Breads were all done beautifully and the wines were amazing. It was my first time drinking wines from the Okanagan and we loved them so much I hosted a dinner for 23 in their private wine cellar room and ordered two cases to ship home to Ontario. I believe that my experience at the Vanilla Pod overall had such an impact on so many of us and left us wanting more and more of beautiful Penticton.
GrandDamme – Toronto (TripAdvisor)
“New Location same amazing food and ambience” Now at Poplar Grove Winery in Naramata, the Vanilla Pod is situated in a lovely new building and has an incredible location with a view of Okanagan lake. The patio is fantastic and the food is as good as ever. Chef Bruno and his team have never let us down. Poplar Grove wines are very nice and they have a few other wine choices on the menu. Sadly due to ridiculous BC liquor licensing, no beer is served and other wine choices are limited. This is one of my favourite restaurants in the Okanagan and is worth the extra drive from wherever you are to have a really great meal. Thanks Paula, Sheila and Bruno!!
SunnyWestKelowna, West Kelowna (TripAdvisor)
"Wonderful dining experience" I just wanted to thank you and your kitchen and serving professionals for such a wonderful dining experience last night. It’s not often I am able to have such a relaxed evening while out for a meal. The atmosphere, the exceptional food and lovely servers made for a memorable evening out for both of us.