A nice find along the Naramata Road and surrounded by vineyards and views of Lake Okanagan. As with many eateries in wineries, the produce heavily flavoured foods in small tapas like portions to facilitate sharing and pairing. The food here was quite excellent, and unlike the near molecular gastronomy of Liquidity, Hillside's approach was more robust Tuscan influenced.
We had the wagyu beef carpaccio with rocket, shaved gouda, potato chips all drizzled with white truffle sauce....I could have eaten the whole plate and ordered another. Grilled farmer's sausage, sauerkraut and house baked sourdough was enjoyed by the kids. The richness of the duck rilette was balanced by the tangy sweetness of the cornichon pickles against the plain background of the roasted shallot crackers. Honey roasted beets with mixed greens, pecans and pesto worked well together. Wines and a colourful variety of warmed olives are always a hit. I really enjoyed the lamb Merguez pasta as I'm a big fan of rich, spicy, grilled Moroccan merguez sausages. This was tossed in a rich rose cream with peas, penne topped with refreshing ricotta cheese. The calamari fricassee was similar in a spicy, tangy thick coating of roast pepper and chick pea puree, soft calamari, toasted bread and rocket. Nice but heavy. We also had fish tacos that looked good but were delivered to the other end of the table and never made it's way to me to at least have a photo. The pork belly on steamed bao with fresh slaw and jalapeño aioli was delicious. Soft bao and deeply flavoured pork belly make for an awesome combo. If you're touring the Naramata Bench area and are looking for some food to balance a few dozen wine tastings, this is the place. If you're not touring there, but are looking for a nice place to lunch over the valley views, this is still the place...and have some wine while you're at it!
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