This article was published on June 27th, 2013
It’s arguable that the Okanagan Valley is one of the most beautiful places in all of Canada. In the summer it’s a hot bed for vacationers seeking sunshine, beaches, fishing, and of course golf. Predator Ridge Golf Resort is one of the most popular golf vacation destinations and their clubhouse restaurant, The Range, is severing up some awesome eats in the Okanagan region.
Being a world-class resort, there is an expectation that the dining experience is also top quality. Guests are greeted by a team of warm, friendly staff who are passionate about delivering outstanding customer service. There are three seating areas to choose from; the lounge, inner restaurant, the outer restaurant. The lounge and outer restaurant seating are the prime seats, offering breathtaking views of the golf course.
Cocktails are always a great option for starting off a good dinner. There are a host of options on the menu, or ask for one of your favourites. There are also Okanagan wines and craft, domestic and imported beers.
There are a host of appetizer options. If you go for the Caesar salad, it’s served as a wedge with fresh grated parmesan cheese, a mild Caesar dressing (make without anchovies thank goodness!), and served with a toasted baguette slice and prosciutto.
If you appreciate a good steak, the 8oz sirloin is the way to go. Served with sautéed onions and bacon, over garlic mashed potatoes and with fresh baby carrots, and drizzled in a glaze, it’s delicious. Add a side of fresh asparagus to top off this entrée. If you do like horseradish with your steak, you’ll want to note that it is a sweet, creamy horseradish, not hot, which could be disappointing if that’s what you were expecting, or a good thing if you like a mild kick. Pair this sirloin with a glass of shiraz and you’ve got yourself a great dinner!
Dessert is what ties the whole dinner experience together. A must-have are the banana lollies. Honestly! They will change your life. Bananas are mixed into a ice cream like consistency and then rolled in almonds. They are served frozen with hot, molten chocolate, begging to be dunked, dipped and devoured!
After dessert, you won’t find a selection of fine scotches, but since you’re in the Okanagan, but you can relax with a delightful glass of late-harvest wine.
Don’t worry, if you’re not a golfer you’re still more than welcome to enjoy The Range. It’s perfect for an evening get together with friends, special occasion celebrations, or even a fun and romantic date-night.
It’s worth noting that over the past year the restaurant is under direction of a new head chef, which has improved the dining experience. The Okanagan Valley is well known for fresh, local, ingredients including fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses. While The Range uses top quality ingredients, it would be nice if the menu featured more locally sourced items to showcase the true taste of the Okangan region.
Food Quality: ★★★★★
Customer Service: ★★★★★
Beverage Selection: ★★★★☆
Price / Value: ★★★★★