I have always loved this place. Since it opened back in the Spring of 2014 on Bernard Ave, I’ve been a happy fan of Chef Jason Leizert and his awesomely cured meats, great menu that changes weekly, and amazing wine selections!
Unfortunately, I don’t get to go as often as I like… even with the addition of Jody Shay House, formally of Kelowna’s Micro Bar (a favorite person and cook of mine, who I used to chat with over craft beer at the downtown haunt), I’ve been attempting to fit the time in for almost over a year! Which is ridiculous, as I quickly realized, when I dragged a friend there for lunch and remembered how lovely the food and the service was!
My friend was pretty excited when we entered with exclaiming “I can’t believe I haven’t been here before!” Because we had power walked downtown in a speedy 20 minutes from the Capri Hotel, we immediately ordered a glass of water… and a glass of Ortega (I really wish I could remember which winery, as it was so yummy!).
We went outside to grab a seat, and low and behold, Jody brought out our drinks. She’s serving today and I was ecstatic about it! We did a slight catch up, I introduced her to my friend, then asked about the menu and if she had any suggestions.
Jody has a great knowledge of the food and wine offered, after all she prepped most of it that morning.
We finally settled on their tried n’ true charcuterie and cheese board; the half and half, which is really a great bang for your buck to share between two people for only $15. Today it included (it changes depending on the meat and cheese that’s freshest) blue cheese, aged cheddar and a brie with olives, a home-made bologna and salami, eggplant and chorizo sausage, Dijon mustard and a quarter baguette. Let me know when your mouth stops salivating!
After we finished lunch, and polished off the BOTTLE of wine (a glass just wasn’t enough… man, I wish I could remember the name of it!), we realized we had crossed over into their happy hour. Between 3p-6p, they have select appetizers and wine on special for only $5, which is a great way to check out all of what Salted Brick has to offer. Of course we had to stay for another glass of wine; this time it was a Pinot Noir Rose not on their current menu.
When we arrived at 1p on a Thursday, and there were only three other tables there; all outside as it was a beautiful sun shinny day, but by 3pm, bam! The place was hoping and rightfully so! They also have a ‘champagne’ day on Fridays. Mixed Brut or Champagne cocktails for only $5 — ALL.DAY.LONG!
If you are looking for a fantastic experience, a quaint little spot to people watch and enjoy the view of Okanagan Lake, this is a great place to spend an afternoon or evening. The food is always wonderful, the price point is reasonable and the wine is on par with most of the restaurants downtown that serve local wine.
Salted Brick is located at 243 Bernard Ave. To find out more information and the current menu, go to their website.
Reviewed Summer 2016