This past summer, my family and I stayed at the Spirit Ridge accommodations located at the NK’MIP resort. The on-site winery is Nk’Mip Cellars, the first Aboriginal-owned and operated winery in North America. Nk’Mip Cellars was just recently named Canadian Winery of the Year by Vines Magazine. On the trip, I decided to try out their patio restaurant which serves North American cuisine using traditional Aboriginal techniques.
Al Fresco Dining
First thing to note is that it’s all about al fresco dining. Nothing like dining outdoors with picturesque views of the vineyards below and Osoyoos Lake.
On the day of my visit, it wasn’t particularly sunny but they do have patio umbrellas available. They have dining tables of different sizes as well as lounge seating. I went for lunch right after they opened at 11:30 am and got my seat right near the edge for the best view.
Beautiful view, isn’t it? The restaurant also played a very calm and beautiful flute-centric background music which enhanced the ambiance.
What I Tried
I went with a glass of the rosé to start.
For my main, I had a salmon with berry salsa and hazelnut butter with house-baked bannock.
The salmon was wonderfully moist and tender. The salad had a nice mix of fruitiness and nuttiness from the strawberries and hazelnut butter. The standout of the meal was the house-baked bannock. It was amazingly crispy and golden brown on the outside but light and fluffy on the inside.
Service was on solid. My glass was refilled regularly and the servers seemed friendly.
Overall Impression of The Patio at Nk’Mip Cellars
I quite enjoyed my solo dining experience at Nk’Mip Cellars. My dish was well-executed and delicious. The views below were stunning and added to a terrific dining experience. Rating: 4/5